What do Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano have in common (other than their weight class)? They’re both massive targets for established fighters who are still struggling for fame and glory. We saw it back when Gina was the ‘face of women’s MMA’ … pretty much every single female fighter out there was gunning for her. And why not? There’s at least 20 chicks in the MMA game who would beat the spandex off her easily. What better way to become the next big thing than to beat her?
Of course, that wasn’t going to happen. Gary Shaw ‘protected’ her … well, if you consider protecting her as matching her up against people with the approximate skill set. No Tara LaRosa. No Shayna Baszler. No Roxy Modafferi. Although it did look like Baszler was being brought in as an eventual next opponent. No word on if this was because Gary Shaw realized Gina was basically ditching the organization for American Gladiators, or because he honestly thinks she’s ready (no, she’s not).
But the point remains the same: Gina was a target because she was an easy opponent that would bring fame and fortune. And there’s a lot of heavyweight fighters right now out there who are looking at Kimbo in the same way. I’ve actually lost count of how many guys have challenged Slice – Ricco Rodriguez, Gary Goodridge, Butterbean, Paul Buentello, the list goes on and on. They’ve all issued poorly thought out challenges, just talking smack in interviews.
Now here’s the deal, guys. You want to fight Kimbo, you should really get in his face. Show up at his house with a super soaker full of rancid sewage and spray his wife with it. Superglue pages out of gay magazines onto the windshield of his car. The guy is a big angry dude with tons of pride. It wouldn’t be hard to push him to the point where he DEMANDS you get to fight. Or he might just catch you behind a Burger King, old school style. Now THAT would make you famous.