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Former WEC Champion Offers Kimbo Home at ATT

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After the win Kimbo Slice (5-2) received over Ken Shamrock at Bellator 138, his coach at American Top Team, Mike Brown, has offered him an extended stay.

“I thought it was going to be tough to dig out of this one,” Brown told Sherdog.com. “That’s nearly checkmate. You’ve got one opportunity to get out of there, and he found that way. I think one of his best attributes is he’s a gamer, man. He shows up fight day and never says die,” said Brown, who since retiring from the sport now serves as a coach at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla. “He’s just one of those guys that knows how to show up and fight well on fight night. Obviously he has big power in his hands, big balls and is very confident. He’s coming after you, no f—ing around and trying to take you out.”

Bellator President Scott Coker agrees with Brown.

“As far as I’m concerned he’s back,” Coker said at Saturday’s post-fight press conference. “This guy can hit extremely hard and you saw some of his new techniques. He fought that rear-naked choke off and stood up and did what he was supposed to do. We all said, ‘What if it went to the ground?’ And [if] Ken could keep him down there then this might be his night, but Kimbo was able to stand up and fight off the choke. He throws bombs; the guy is a heavy puncher. That’s how the fight ended.”

Mike Brown is excited for Kimbo’s future in the sport.

“I think there’s more opportunities out there for him, but that’s more his management’s call,” Brown said.

Coker enjoyed how the crowd reacted to the ending of the night.

“I haven’t felt that much electricity in the room for a fight — the whole crowd was standing up — and I don’t remember a fight ever where I was standing there even in Strikeforce, looking back and going, ‘Man, everyone is standing up,’” Coker said. “There were so pumped up that they couldn’t sit down.”

Brown finally offers Kimbo a place to train permanently:

“He’s a super humble dude, super willing to learn and just a good guy,” Brown said. “….If he wants to fight again I’ll be there. He’s got a home at ATT.”

 

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Aaron Portier
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