The Week in Quotes, October 4th - 10th

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A BIGGER BOMBSHELL THAN THE ASSASSINATION OF FRANZ FERDINAND

"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." - Seth Petruzelli, unkowingly starting the downfall of MMA as we know it (The Monsters Radio Show)

"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 that’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." - Petruzelli, sounding convincing (Five Ounces of Pain)

"Look, even the UFC gives knockout bonuses. Everyone gives knockout bonuses. There’s knockout bonuses, submission bonuses, all sorts of bonuses. I just wanted to keep it standing because I felt I could beat (Kimbo) at his own game." - Petruzelli

FROM THE MIND OF LAPPEN

"I think Kimbo's a huge star. Again he's been thrust onto the scene. People are interested in watching him. And I think people will continue to be interested in watching him." - EliteXC Head of Fight Operations Jeremy Lappen, speaking directly after EliteXC's "Heat" show (Yahoo)

"He showed heart. And stepped up on an hour notice and backed up anyone, anyplace, anytime." - Lappen

"Obviously we didn’t pay [Petruzelli] to stand. Kimbo had trained for months to fight a guy who’s fighting on the ground. We don’t care if people stand or take people down or what. It doesn’t matter to us. All we want is an exciting fight." - Lappen, yep, an "exciting" fight (Sherdog)

"We don’t give submission bonuses. (He) knew a knockout bonus was possible before the fight." - Lappen, on the mysterious EliteXC bonus policy (Sports Illustrated)

"They’re both wrong. We have given submission bonuses in the past but they’re not as common as knockout bonuses. If the question is, ‘Have we ever given submission bonuses?’ The answer is yes. But we give knockout bonuses more often. We gave Seth a knockout bonus before the fight started. That was part of the deal." - Lappen, what? (AOL Funhouse)

"Press reports that EliteXC suggested or paid money to heavyweight fighter Seth Petruzelli to keep his fight against Kimbo Slice off the ground are false.  Let me be perfectly clear with no ambiguity -- that did not happen." - Lappen, read his lips (Official Statement)

"Seth Petruzelli was offered a fee to fight Kimbo Slice, plus a knockout bonus, a common practice throughout the industry.  EliteXC organizes and promotes fights.  We have not...do not...and will not suggest or dictate fighters’ strategies or tactics.  How the fighters perform in the cage is at the sole discretion of the athletes involved."
 - Lappen

GOVERNMENT INCOMPETENCE, YOU DON'T SAY?

"After further review of the comments that are in question, we believe that he is referring to the fact that he got paid more to keep the show going," Antonacci said. "Meaning that before the fight, Ken Shamrock was injured and couldn't fight Kimbo Slice. So Seth stepped in and said 'OK, I'll fight him.' And without that, there wouldn't have been a main event that night." - Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Spokesperson Alexis Antonacci (CBS Sportsline)

"I don’t believe there was any impropriety whatsoever." - CBS Primetime Senior Executive Vice President  Kelly Kahl (Sherdog)

"While the Department of Business and Professional Regulation doesn't have any reason to believe there was a problem with the Slice-Petruzelli fight, given the interest in it, the Department has begun a preliminary investigation to thoroughly review the circumstances of the fight." - Communications Director of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Jennifer Meale (ESPN)

STICK TO BOXING, ASSHAT

"(I wouldn't hesitate to) go to a fighter and say, 'We're looking for a stand-up fight.' You're not asking him to throw a fight. You're talking about a fan-friendly fight, not about protecting Kimbo." - Gary Shaw, throwing napalm on a burning hospital (LA Times)

"Do I think that's unethical? No, because in MMA, you get bonus money for a knockout. I don't see it as unethical . . . asking him to be TV and fan friendly." - Shaw, "No, because we do it in boxing all the time."

SHOWDOWN AT HIGH NOONS

"I’m a free agent." - Former EliteXC Lightweight Champion K.J. Noons, not knowing that just wishing something to be does not necessarily make it be (Sherdog)

"Since I’ve been stripped, I’m no longer the champion and I don’t owe them the fights. I owed them fights for being a champion." - Noons, weird contract or case of delusion?

"KJ still has two more fights on his contract. I’m hoping we’ll work something out, but there’s really not much to work out. He’s still under contract with us." - Lappen

IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL THE FAT MAN SINGS

"I felt like I was fighting two people." - Roy Nelson, discussing his fight with Andrei Arlovski (MMA Weekly)

"If we were fighting in Vegas, and I know the refs and they actually know what a Kimura is, that kind of makes for a big difference. Cause the reason they’re telling me to work for a better position and you’ve got someone in a submission, usually they have to get out." - Nelson

"We were having dinner afterwards and Andrei’s guys were coming over and they were just talking about how they had been studying me and watching film and stuff and they’ve been doing it for over three weeks, and I was like, ‘huh?" And I didn’t say anything to them, but it makes you kind of wonder, three weeks? I thought you were on the same (one) week plan that I was? When you see all the politics all unfold and that made it very interesting." - Nelson, making me kind of wonder

PARTING SHOTS

"What is he doing at this stage, right before his fight? What is he doing training this hard? What is he doing warming up this hard? What is he doing getting cut, disappointing the Shamrock family and putting our legacy at jeopardy." - Frank Shamrock, tactfully calling out brother Ken Shamrock (CBS Broadcast)

"This isn’t going to hurt him. It was more of a push instead of a punch. It’s not a big deal." - Kimbo Slice trainer Bas Rutten (The Fight Network)

"I think it's going to be real fun." - UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, on his fight with Patrick Cote.  And yes, it is going to be fun. (UFC)

"Now you see what Kimbo is really made of. You don't measure a man by winning all the time. You measure how he deals with a loss. Does he pick himself up and get back on the horse? And comeback and show that he has a true champion spirit. I expect that he does." - UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture (RawVegas)

"No, not at all. I wish there was a bonus because I think my fight was really exciting, maybe fight of the night or knockout of the night. But nope, I never heard anything." - Benji Radach, adding additional speculation to the StandGate controversy (Bloody Elbow)

"If a guy can hold you down and give you nuggies for 5 minutes, that's life." - UFC Commentator Joe Rogan, arguing for the elimination of standups from MMA (The Underground Forums)

"The most incredible victory in the history of mixed martial arts" - CBS Commentator Gus Johnson, immediately mocked by the MMA community (CBS Broadcast)

"He's got a little bit of an obsession with Gina Carano as most guys do. He was trying to sneak a peek, it was ridiculous." - Kim Couture, offering an observation about Jared Shaw she made at the EliteXC "Heat" weigh-ins (Yahoo)

"When dirty people go out and do stuff like that, it hurts. Promoters have a bad rap as it is because of the last 100 years of boxing. We actually started to turn that around and were doing the right things and then you have these guys coming out and doing shit like that. It hurts us." - UFC President Dana White (Boston Herald)

"Kimbo loses a fight and its like Jesus fell off his damn dinosaur." - Jason Miller, with a Quote of the Year contender (Mayhem's Blog)

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