NEF's Kimo Challenges UFC's
SANTA ANA, California (March
1, 2007) - Very surprised about derogatory remarks
made about him by UFC president Dana White,
New Era Fighting superstar and MMA living legend
Kimo Leopoldo has responded by issuing a challenge
to White as well as any of his UFC fighters.
In a recent conference call, according to reports,
White was nearly speechless when told of New
Era Fighting's $1-million-winner-take-all tournament
finale (for the winner of this year's planned
"World Toughest Man Contest") against
Kimo. White was quoted saying, "I'm in
New York (and) there's about 50,000 people downstairs
right now that can beat Kimo."
"I was very surprised Dana White made it
personal by singling me out," Kimo said.
"I'd like to see him look me in the eyes
and say it instead of doing it 3000 miles away
behind closed doors. White doesn't have the
heart. He's been hanging out with fighters so
long he must think he's a fighter. He doesn't
know what it takes but I'm more than willing
to show him. I challenge him to a fight and
I guarantee it will take me no longer than three
minutes to beat him. I won't be allowed to throw
any kicks, elbows, knees or punches. He can
make up ANY rules he wants and I'll still beat
him senseless. Whatever the purse is, I won't
take any money, it can all go to the Kimo-Therapy
"He said UFC is No. 1. Why not prove it
in New Era Fighting's 'World's Toughest Man
Contest' by allowing his fighters to compete?
UFC is shit talking; NEF backs up what it says.
Unlike UFC, we promote for the fighters. Nobody
wants to say anything bad about UFC or White
because of deals and contracts. No one has ever
had the balls to say this, but, it is a fact
that the only reason he has his job is that
he's best friends with the owners, the Feritta
brothers. I've heard Dana used to box and he's
been training to fight. Well, let's get it on,
White also ripped PRIDE, an MMA organization
based in Japan, in addition to dissing Kimo.
"UFC has a paper champ like (Tim) Sylvia,"
Kimo continued. "Chuck (Liddell) is their
only legitimate champ and it's not like he's
undefeated. Look at what Quinton Jackson did
to him (TKO in 2003) in Japan. I guess that's
why UFC is stronger at light heavyweight than
New Era Fighting (NEF),
the internationally booming mixed martial arts
organization combining the raw brutality of
UFC with the entertainment value of WWE, will
hold a series of international level tryouts,
tentatively scheduled to begin June 15-17, at
a venue in Orange Country, California.
Each tryout in the proposed series will be conducted
during a three-day tournament during an 8-10
month period. Selected combat fighters will
advance to the next round to fight each other
in a tournament format to eventually determine
the remaining 10 survivors.
The 10 tryout-survivors and some fighters already
signed to NEF promotional contracts will compete
on a show in either California or Las Vegas.
The winner will be crowned "World's Toughest
Man" and be offered an anticipated $1,000,000
winner-take-all fight - the highest purse in
MMA history -- against Kimo, headlining a full
card for a pay-per-view broadcast live from
in Las Vegas at a date to be determined.
NEF president Ron Kort also took great offense
to White taking cheap shots at his new company
and Kimo. "UFC is the originator of our
sport," Kort noted, "so why talk bad
about competitors like NEF and PRIDE? Kimo's
a pioneer in this sport who deserves respect
not trash talk from White. What's he ever done
that's original? We're offering Dana White a
chance to back up what he said -- there were
50,000 people in New York City who could beat
Kimo. There aren't five in White's UFC who can
give Kimo a good fight, never mind beat him.
And if White's so bad, like he acts, let him
accept Kimo's challenge. I don't think he wants
to back up his words. Dana's not stupid enough
to fight Kimo or confident of letting any of
his UFC fighters get in the ring with Kimo."
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