In what has to be shocking news for MMA fans, Kimbo Slice will be coming to UFC. Kimbo will be one of the contestants on the next series of The Ultimate Fighter. It looks like Dana White has done a complete 360 when it comes to Slice.
I am stunned by the news. White has been outspoken for the last two years on Slice. Here are some of the statements White has made in the last few years on Slice.
“Kimbo Slice sucks, like I’ve said now for the last few months. This [expletive] guy can’t fight and he got knocked out in 13 seconds by a guy who didn’t win The Ultimate Fighter.”
>Well that is exactly what he did. UFC’s next season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature nothing but heavyweights. As written about here, Quinton Jackson and former TUF winner Rashad Evans will coach the teams. Slice will have to work his way up from the bottom and won’t be given any breaks due to his stardom.
“I don’t know if there’s anybody I’ve talked more smack about. I don’t know how he’s going to do. I gotta respect that (he’s coming on the show). We’re gonna find out this season if he’s for real or not,” said Dana White.
Reportedly, the first episode has been shot in the series. White said the following about Kimbo in the first episode. “We shot episode one today. We walked into the gym and I tell you what, he was pretty serious. He wasn’t messing around, he wasn’t joking,” laughed White. “He wasn’t laughing. I don’t think he’s a big Dana White fan either. How could you be after all the things that have gone back and forth?”
Is this a move of desperation or brilliance from Dana White? At first thought, it makes White look like a complete hypocrite. At the same time, I am counting down the months until the season premiere. I predict monster ratings and the most successful season of the show for Spike and UFC. In other words, I think the move is brilliant.
It also gives White an out in promoting Slice for future fights. Chances are that Slice won’t win the competition. White can now promote Slice in the same freak show fights that he criticized Elite in doing. Even if Slice is out in the first week, he did train on TUF and everyone wins in Dana White’s world.
For gamers, this also gives UFC a fun new fighter for UFC Undisputed 2010.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 is scheduled to premiere on Spike TV in September.
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