It shocked me when I heard, especially after Dana dissing him for two years and saying the nastiest things about him. So it surprised me, knowing who Kimbo is, that he would succumb to working with Dana. It shows that whatever comes out of Dana’s mouth is not always the truth…I just don’t think it’s a big enough platform for him. I think it’s a step back. I think he’s bigger than that…Whatever Kimbo wants to do, I’m happy for him. I don’t know what they paid Kimbo — maybe they paid him a boatload of money — and in that case he’s doing the right thing. Kimbo is one of those people that comes along every once in ages who has what I call the it factor as a promoter…Because I really believe that I could make him the heavyweight champ. And I believe he could have made a lot of money in boxing, because of that it factor, and I believe that boxing needs a heavyweight with real star power. If I ask you what heavyweight you’d want to see, I’m not sure you’d want to see any.
—Gary Shaw, via MMA Fanhouse, reacting to the news that Kimbo decided to join the cast of the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter instead of a career in professional boxing with him.
Well, Gary always has Blood, Sweat n’ Bling to lean back on so don’t feel too bad for him.
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