Former UFC fighter Kimo Leopoldo is an interesting dude. He nearly beat Royce Gracie at UFC 3, he defeated Bam Bam Bigelow in Bigelow's only MMA fight, and he once carried a fucking CROSS to the ring. He also had a religious tattoo that would put Kanye's bling to shame, as shown here:
Note also the badassery of having YOUR OWN NAME TATTOOED IN YOUR HEAD. Suffice to say, the dude was a pretty awesome fighter. However, Kimo had his share of demons. He was busted for steroids after losing to Ken Shamrock at UFC 48. Subsequent trouble followed with separate arrests for assault and battery and domestic violence. Rumors of a meth problem followed him. And,in his most memorable tale, was arrested this February for carrying a shitload of pot while wearing a police uniform and playing with a yo-yo. Two of those things are illegal, and one is hysterical.
So it wasn't of much surprise to this here blogger when many news outlets, including TMZ, the NY Daily News and various MMA sites, reported Kimo dead at 41 yesterday of a reported heart attack. Except for one small detail. Kimo wasn't dead.
What follows is the first "hey guys, I'm not dead" press conference that these eyes have ever seen. Enjoy: