We haven’t seen much of Mike Wessel thus far on TUF 10, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a lot to say. In an interview with Heavy.com, Mike Wessel tells us how really feels about Rampage’s coaching, Spike’s relaxed rules, and Icey Mike’s management of his fighter, Kimbo Slice.
Wessel isn’t the first TUF 10 cast member to complain about Rampage’s questionable coaching, but he’s certainly the first to take a shot at Rampage’s personal issues in the past.
I was talked to and told that I wasn’t allowed to have a confrontation with Rampage. The reason I get pissed off at Rampage is because he’s supposed to be a coach, and I used to be a coach as well. When Demico lost the way he did, Rampage started feeling sorry for himself. You could hear him saying things like, “Do I have bad luck?”, and, “I can’t believe he tapped out to that bullshit”. I remember he said something like, “I would never lose like that”. Really Rampage? Really? You’re going to act like that big of a douche because one of your guys lost, even though he fought good? Demico went in there and surprised a lot of people, and lost, but who cares. Everybody loses. What did you do after your last loss Rampage? You went on a fucking cocaine rage and stayed up all damn night before you were driving your monster truck with a big logo on it through white fucking suburbia. Running from the cops where they had to shoot out your fucking tires. Then Dana had to come down and bail your ass out and send you to England so the media wouldn’t eat your ass apart, so you would still have a fucking career. So I think Demico is handling his loss perfectly.
Rampage’s coaching wasn’t the only thing Wessel took issue with on the show. We’ve already heard that Kimbo’s people were allowed to come watch his fight against Roy Nelson. Kimbo’s preferential treatment isn’t the biggest deal in the world, but Wessel has a damn good reason to be pissed off about it.
Yeah, we walked out, and we were like, “Who the fuck is that?”, because I didn’t know who these guys were. There was like three big black guys, and what I was told was his wife. There was a female there and a little kid. They were like, “Yeah, that’s his wife and one of his sons, along with his posse. That’s Icy Mike, his promoter and manager. Other people knew who they were. Justin Wren was telling me who all of these guys were. I was like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me?’. I was furious! Not at Kimbo, but at the Spike team for letting that happen, because ‘You’re not going to let me talk to my wife who is having surgery for cancer, but you’re going to let Kimbo, because of who he is, you’re going to let Kimbo’s posse come watch him fight? Are you fucking kidding me!’.I don’t care if anyone is mad at me for saying that, because its bullshit.
I’m really not surprised nor could I care less that Kimbo’s people were present for his fight, but I have to agree with Wessel, not being allowed to talk to your wife who’s undergoing surgery for cancer is bullshit in the highest order. That said, no one forced him to do the show or stay on it, and I can’t help but wonder how he did under those circumstances.
Moving on, Wessel also took a shot at Kimbo and his manager “Icey Mike” for not training during the time leading up to the show.
I guarantee you that his manager Icy Mike doesn’t have a fucking clue about what Roy’s all about, but if he had a clue about MMA, he would have gotten Kimbo some fucking training. I was sitting on the back porch with Kimbo and he was talking to me and a few of the other guys, and Kimbo was like, “Man, I have to learn what you guys do. I have to do what you guys are doing”, and this was after he lost to Roy. So I asked him the question, ‘How many times have you practiced Jiu-Jitsu? How do you train?’, and he says, “I did one practice about three months ago”. I said, ‘You don’t fucking do it every day? I do it sometimes twice a day’. He goes, “No man”. So that just goes to show that all of the people around him are all about the money and not about the fucking sport. If they wanted Kimbo to have any kind of longevity, after they got that $500,000 for the Seth Petruzelli fight, they would have gotten him some Jiu-Jitsu. Now supposedly he’s training out of ATT in Florida, and I don’t even know if they’re training him down there, because if Kimbo doesn’t want to learn Jiu-Jitsu, Kimbo’s not going to learn Jiu-Jitsu.
“Icey Mike” may do a good job negotiating Kimbo’s contracts, but it doesn’t seem like he knows a whole lot about the sport itself. ATT’s Ricardo Liborio is said to have taken over Kimbo’s training regimen recently. If there’s any hope for Kimbo developing the skills he needs to compete at this level, Liborio will ensure it happens, but like Wessel said, Kimbo has to want it first.