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Kimbo Responds To Petruzelli, Training With ATT & More (Update)

You may remember a couple weeks back when Seth Petruzelli blasted Kimbo Slice for remarks he made on ESPN. Petruzelli claimed Kimbo was offered a rematch on three separate occasions, but turned them all down. Today, Kimbo found out about Seth’s comments on a conference call promoting his fight against Roy Nelson on Wednesday’s episode of TUF 10 and denied he was ever offered the rematch even once.

“Seth needs to be careful now because we both live in the same backyard, and I know that little sissy ice cream shop (he owns), I can walk in at any given time and go, ‘Yo, what’s up, man?'” Ferguson said after MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) told him about Petruzelli’s comments. “No one ever approached me with no rematch with Seth, and I never turned that [expletive] down. That right there is B.S. bull [expletive]. … It didn’t happen.”

“If Seth signed with the UFC, and if Dana (White) and them want to match it up, damn right I’ll run it again with him,” Ferguson said. “We don’t even need to do it in a ring. We can do it bare-knuckle style because I don’t like liars. I’ve never turned down a rematch with anybody. Anyone I fought, I’ll fight them again.

“It ain’t personal. It’s just the fact that it’s bull [expletive]. No one ever said, ‘Hey Kimbo, do you want to rematch Seth?’ and I was like, ‘No.’ I’ve never said no to nothing. Not like that. Not to him.”

Here’s a few other noteworthy items from the conference call.

– Kimbo admitted he was arm-barred at ATT a few years back, but he never tried to bring a pistol back into the school, though he says he does carry a gun everywhere he goes. Kimbo is currently training at ATT in Coconut Creek, FL under Ricardo Liborio, and is intrigued about the possibility of training at Greg Jackson’s in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Kimbo says he was impressed with his performance against Roy Nelson but isn’t giving away the outcome of the bout.

– Kimbo is currently weighing around 230 lbs., says he is a “heavyweight,” but would consider dropping down to light heavyweight if that’s what the UFC wanted. (This is a good idea in my opinion. He’s going to have a tough time against any elite fighter, but especially so against the monsters in the UFC’s heavyweight division if he ends up fighting any of the top guys.) Says he will fight anyone they put in front of him, including Chuck Liddell, he doesn’t care who.

His ultimate goal is become an “Ultimate Fighter,” a well-rounded mixed martial artist. Says there’s no comparison between street fighting and where he is now as a mixed martial artist. He believes the biggest key however is being mentally prepared. Despite his age, he feels he is still climbing the mountain, not going down it.

Kimbo’s take on his relationship with Dana White, “We don’t sit down and drink tea and eat toast. He’s the promoter, I’m the fighter.”

Update: Dana isn’t too interested in booking the Kimbo-Petruzelli rematch. Apparently, Kimbo has bigger fish to fry.

There seems to be a war of words developing between Kimbo and Seth Petruzelli. Would you be interested in ever putting that fight together?
I don’t think so. Obviously, at the time that it happened it was great for me. But anyone who has ever watched The Ultimate Fighter sees that when they come off the show, they’re completely different fighters. If Kimbo comes off, I would like to see him fight some stiffer competition.

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