Reger’s Rant Oct 15, 2008

EliteXC Doubletalk

Apparently, Jeremy Lappen is making it a habit of saying the wrong things in recent days.  Courtesy of MMAWeekly

The Florida State Boxing Commission on Tuesday released the final gate figures and medical suspensions for EliteXC’s “Heat” on Oct. 4 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

“There were 6,854 paid attendees for $677,793 in gross gate revenue. An additional 847 tickets were given out as “comps,” adding up to $97,542 in uncounted revenue. 7,701 people attended the event in all.

At the post-fight press conference, EliteXC Head of Fight Operations Jeremy Lappen originally reported that 9,414 fans attended the event with 7,723 paid attendees for a live gate of $826,000.

So much for the place being “sold out” as Lappen and Jared Shaw continued to say the day before the event. 

With the news coming of last weeks consistent flip flops and accusations of being misquoted, despite being on tape, someone in the EXC PR department may want to tell Mr. Lappen to quiet down a bit.

What are Anderson Silva’s plans?

A few weeks ago, UFC Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva made waves by saying he planned on retiring soon.  Soon thereafter, his manager Ed Soares discounted the reports as Anderson just having fun.  But now a new video has shown up on Sherdog in which Anderson continues to say his time in mixed martial arts is basically over.

The UFC really needs to get to the bottom of this before Silva basically pulls a Couture and calls Zuffa to say he is retiring. 

Kimbo, Kimbo, Kimbo!

Its been debated to death the phenomenon that is Kimbo Slice.  Worthy or not, he’s been thrust into the spotlight by his management and promoters and made to be a face of MMA.  Then when success eludes him, everyone involved with him defends him to the hilt, as they should.  But has his management maybe given Kevin Ferguson, aka Kimbo Slice, a road too tough to learn at his age?

Here’s what I’m getting at.  Maybe Kimbo should have gone into boxing instead.  As we all know, despite the sports problems, there is still plenty of money in the “sweet science”.  If one looks at Eric “Butterbean” Esch, he made plenty of money and fame by becoming the King of the 4 Rounders.  Ultimately, a promoter could have gotten Kimbo just as much exposure and monetary gain by building his boxing career.  Its also much easier to build a boxing career by fighting “cans” and such.  In the relatively new sport of MMA, its not unusual for guys with fewer than 5 pro fights to get matched up against established stars and expected to perform well. 

For Kimbo, a man with no formal ground training before his 33rd birthday, it is always going to be extremely difficult to pick it up the ground fighting.  If the man could just focus on further honing his striking ability, he could be potentially pretty dangerous, especially in the starved American heavyweight scene.  And his age would not have been nearly as big a problem in boxing.  Frankly, I’m surprised that Gary Shaw, a boxing promoter first and foremost, did not see this.  But then again, by promoting him the way they have, Shaw and EliteXC would get the bigger shares of the pie until the promotion came falling down. 

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