Well, Jimbeau proceeded to produce the following video, which I must have watched 5 times in disbelief.
There are a lot of things that are impressive here, but to me the most interesting thing is that Petruzelli was a major, major underdog. And he is also much smaller than Kimbo:
Now, since the fight, it’s been the talk of the entire MMA community. And a lot of the hype is coming from some of the comments that Petruzelli made on a radio station interview when he said that he was paid extra to stand and trade punches with Kimbo.
The promoters kinda hinted to me and they gave me the money to stand and throw with him, they didn’t want me to take him down. Let’s just put it that way. It was worth my while to try and stand up punch him.
Here is Petruzelli’s comment:
What was meant to be said was that I wanted to keep the fight standing for myself because I knew that was what the crowd, the promoters, and everyone wanted to see because thatâ€™s more exciting than just taking someone to the ground.
That was my thing only. I wanted to keep it exciting so I decided to keep it standing. It had nothing to do with anybody else. That was all me.
Yeah. Uh huh. Let’s take a listen to the entire interview, shall we?
WARNING: THESE ARE BRUTAL! Kids, women and people with weak constitutions should NOT watch them.
Here is a guy who was paid $100 to let Kimbo tackle him in full football gear: