As Seth Petruzelli prepared to face a man 30 pounds heavier and two inches taller than him in the cage, he was, apparently, under strict orders from EliteXC. The organization, which has been criticized for matching its star Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson with less-than-adequate opponents, apparently told Petruzelli to take it easy on the big guy.
In his first radio interview, Petruzelli said that EliteXC vowed to jump his pay to six figures IF he didn't take down Kimbo.
"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."
When Yahoo! spoke with Jared Shaw, the EliteXC veep said he never told Petruzelli to stay standing against Kimbo. And so begs the question: Who gave the orders? Or better yet, is all this even true?
- Petruzelli: EliteXC didn't want me to take [Kimbo] down' (Yahoo!)