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Shonie: Iron Ring opened MMA up to minorities

Shonie Carter has done an interview with Sherdog, and as with all Shonie Carter interviews it’s pretty entertaining. So you have more people coming up to you after “Iron Ring,” saying, “Hey, aren’t you Shonie Carter?” than when you were fighting in the UFC or on “The Ultimate Fighter”?

Carter: Man, look. This is the way I am going to break it down, honestly. White folks, you all knew me from Spike TV, “The Ultimate Fighter” and the UFC. Black folks and Hispanic folks know me from “Iron Ring.” And this is what I was telling people. If they had not focused so much time on the hip hop guys, and actually show what we do as athletes — you know, focus more on the fighters instead of the damn wannabe-tough-on-the-mic rappers. You know, and those sissy bully-ass athletes that call themselves fighters, but we call them boxers — they’d probably get a lot more positive feedback. I ain’t mad at ‘em! I can now walk through the ghetto and not worry about getting robbed because people know who I am now.

I’m still blown away that the UFC ditched him after season 4 of the Ultimate Fighter was basically “The Shonie Carter Show”. But a boring ass loss to Marcus Davis plus some smack talk later, and the dude was out on his ass.

  • Mike_N

    As usual, Shonie Carter is the shit.

  • Omomatta


  • Jemaleddin

    I will never forgive my TiVo for failing to record Season 4 of TUF. I’ll also never order the DVDs… I wonder if tPB has them…

  • Gong

    I’ve always hated the whole ‘opening ________ up to minorities’ bullshit. I understand the whole differing cultures/likes/etc, but it’s as if we need everything prepackaged and watered down to like it.

  • Steve


    Not that I would ever condone someone downloading copyrighted content from a torrent site, but if one were to do such a thing, might be a good place to start.

    just sayin’

  • natureboy

    The ION WING! Dude, that finale fucking sucked. T.I. & Crazy Horse were both in jail and Nelly & “Money” Mayweather didn’t even show up. Plus Fat Man Scoop is only good for saying “ION WING” and should not be attempting Play-By-Play with Frank Trigg.

  • godzillad

    Don’t even watch season 4. Pure crap. It’s like watching a whole season of Shamrock/Severn and Diego/Kos II with a little bit of Machida/Nakamura thrown in.

    Only highlights were Serra saying ”Hamma fist elbow!” constantly, Shonie’s “Charles McCarthy! It is not YOUUUUU!” and Patrick Cote saying “LIGHTS OUT!” like Beavis when Lytle beat whoever.

  • pauli

    i rather liked season four.

    besides, you left out the phony carter show.

  • Jemaleddin

    @Steve: good tips. Hypothetically.

    @godzillad: But look! It’s got people who can actually fight! And that you’ll actually see on a main event!

  • Lifer

    well, it certainly opened me up to the idea that grappling was lovemaking. i had always thought of it as a badass way to beat someone up but ion wing showed me the light on exactly how much lovemaking goes on in that wing. homophobia rules!

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    Season 4 is rated GAY. Shonie Carter in his speedos

  • Hammer

    Shonie Carter couldn’t hold a boxers jock strap. That is why he went MMA.. And he dont walk through my neighborhood without a prob.. Cuz……. crips up, bloods down…….

  • Hammer

    Hattori.. Hai!!!.. it is all so gay…