Kalib Starnes Says He's Tired Of Being Turned Down For Fights
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.12.2014
He had to move up in weight...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, former middleweight Kalib Starnes (16-8-1) revealed that he had to move up in weight just to fight his Titan FC 28 opponent Dave Herman (21-6) because no one else would fight him. The bout takes place on May 16, airing on AXS TV.
On gaining weight: "I've been trying everywhere to get fights. I had a call to fight [Herman] on pretty short notice. I had another call to fight David Perron on short notice, because I've been looking for fights, and I haven't been able to find any, so I just thought I'd go for it. I'm walking around (at) about 250 (pounds)."
On his trouble in getting a fight: "I've contacting every organization of note in North America and a lot of smaller shows, and I haven't been able to get fights. I had three fights in three months; all those fights were on short notice. David Perron, Tim Hague and Clay Davidson. I got a fight with Dwayne Lewis, and I've been looking consistently the whole time. I had a lot of guys just refuse to fight me. I was going to fight Smealinho Rama; he's the No. 1 ranked heavyweight in Canada. They were trying to set up a fight with me and Smealinho, but he refused to take the fight. He said it was too risky to the promoter. Then I was going to fight in Vitor Valimaki's place when he pulled out against Sean O'Connell in Mark Pavelich's show, MFC. [Mark] told me I had the fight, but when it came time to fight there, apparently, O'Connell's management refused the fight and picked Markhaile Wedderburn instead, who's basically a welterweight with a losing record, and [O'Connell] got picked up to fight in the UFC after that to fight Ryan Jimmo. I was trying to get the fight with Jimmo when (Steve) Bosse pulled out, they wouldn't give me a fight with Jimmo. I think that fight makes sense, especially in Canada. I'm ranked No. 2 as a light heavyweight right now, and he's ranked No. 1. But they gave the fight to Bosse, who had injury issues and wasn't able to come through."
On going to a different promotion: "I knocked out three of my past four opponents. I'm putting on exciting fights. Why would they not want me to fight on their show? And these guys getting shots, how old is Jason Brilz? How old is Dan Henderson? The UFC just cut Jake Shields, and kept Dan Henderson, and Shields just dominated Henderson the last time they fought, and they said Shields was too old for the division. So I don't know about that."