Kimbo Slice’s trainer legendary mixed martial arts veteran Bas Rutten, on his website, defends his fighters performance on last Saturdays EliteXC “Primetime”. Rutten also stated that rules are rules and the fight should have been stopped in the second round. Here’s the clip:
People ask me if the fight should have been stopped at the end in the second round, I say YES because those are the rules, it should have been stopped because Kimbo didn’t do anything to improve his situation. But I think what made the ref NOT do it was the fact that Kimbo was giving his thumbs up the whole time to let the referee know that he was OK.
This was the refs decision, not Kimbo’s.
Rutten defends his fighters performance while explaining his mistakes:
Did he make mistakes? Of course, but than again, everybody makes mistakes plus heâ€™s training MMA for only a year. I think that he had a few really good escapes from the bottom. Of course I wanted him to buck up, explode and escape the last one and a half minute of round number two, but he didnâ€™t.
He DID give his â€œthumbs upâ€ sign to the referee telling him he was OK and that the short elbows didnâ€™t hurt him. Still, he should have escaped but he told me later that he was saving energy for the third round and because he thought the elbows didnâ€™t have any effect anyway, he chose that moment.
I told him that it wasnâ€™t good to do because the ref can stop the fight PLUS what if you get cut? So that wonâ€™t happen again.
He also didnâ€™t close his guard a few times and he should have done that. In round two he had James in a guillotine choke but didnâ€™t close his guard, that was too bad because Thompson escaped exactly how I showed Kimbo that you should escape when your opponent doesnâ€™t close his guard, but you learn from your mistakes so that wonâ€™t happen again either.
For the full statement check out Ruttens website.