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Old 09-24-2009, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kimbo will be in the UFC... to train with Rashad?

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The ratings for the first edition of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter: The Heavyweights," doubled the popular reality fighting series' usual numbers, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White said Tuesday.
There were 4.1 million viewers for the show's debut, and another million watched the replay. The major draw of the show is Kimbo Slice, the former YouTube street-fighting sensation who had a brief run in the short-lived Elite Xtreme Combat fighting organization that aired fights on CBS.

Although filming for "The Ultimate Fighter" is complete -- except for the finale to be aired live in December, with the winner earning a six-figure contract and membership in the UFC -- White told The Times that whether Slice wins or loses during the competition, he'll be in the UFC.

"Are you going to see Kimbo Slice fight again in the UFC? Yes," White said.

Asked if that was a decision based on the first episode's ratings, White said: "No, never. The ratings do not influence our decision. The guy can either fight or not."

White said one of the strongest endorsements he received about Slice's skill in the octagon came from former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, who's a coach in the show and told White he wants to continue working with Slice at his elite MMA training compound directed by respected trainer Greg Jackson in New Mexico.

"We've been very impressed with Kimbo's performance," added UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta.
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While I'm skeptical that Slice will make it past Big Country, he must turn at least a few heads to be getting this kind of praise. Some can say that Dana and Lorenzo are going to say all kinds of good things, in that Kimbo is proving to be a ratings draw, but to merit mention from Rashad, as well as a potential invite to train down in New Mexico with Greg Jackson and his camp? It tells me that we might be in store for a surprise next Wednesday. Perhaps not a win, but an impressive performance.

I like Kimbo. I like his attitude, his heart, and his desire to simply get in there and fight. And while I have my doubts that he will ever be able to hang with the UFC HW elite, he could well become a guardsman if he trains with the right people. I think he's going to be the big winner of TUF in one sense, in that a lot of people (trainers, coaches, and the like) are going to want to work with him, purely because he clearly wants to learn. Just an interesting article I thought I'd share.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have nothing against Kimbo but I don't ever see him even achieving gatekeeper status. His cardio and ground game are too weak and his stand up, while not terrible, isn't near enough to make up for those holes in his game.

He'll get one or two fights in the UFC regardless of how he does on TUF because he is a huge draw (ratings do not influence decisions...lolololololol) but that'll be it.
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I'm okay with it. Never followed Kimbo but if he puts on a good show I will sure watch.
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I thought Kimbo Slice was a joke! His fights at EliteXC were not all that good when you consider his competition. However, since losing to Petruzelli and joing TUF 10..... Kimbo seem to REALLY want to learn. He looks like he is an shape, better than when he was at EliteXC.

Props to Kimbo for giving it a "GO."
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All I am going to say is this;

If people jump on the Kimbo bandwagon, then whoever is on it please never talk down about boxing and the UFC. Kimbo is an over the hill, juiced up street brawler with no ground game. He is nowhere near 1/100 of a top tier boxer. IF kimbo can go train for a year or two and learn other modalities and be competitive, then any top tier boxer could make the transition 50 times easier as they are a much higher level of athlete (not that a boxer is going to do that if they make 4 to 20 million a fight).
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You can respect a guy without being on the so-called bandwagon.
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All I am going to say is this;

If people jump on the Kimbo bandwagon, then whoever is on it please never talk down about boxing and the UFC. Kimbo is an over the hill, juiced up street brawler with no ground game. He is nowhere near 1/100 of a top tier boxer. IF kimbo can go train for a year or two and learn other modalities and be competitive, then any top tier boxer could make the transition 50 times easier as they are a much higher level of athlete (not that a boxer is going to do that if they make 4 to 20 million a fight).
I don't think a lot of us don't think boxers couldn't learn MMA. A lot of what is said is that a boxer using boxing only would not do well in MMA. Take Marcus Davis, he was a boxer on the verge of going pro and then switched to MMA. He has shown tons of growth.
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Maybe Kimbo knocks Big Country out?
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Maybe Kimbo knocks Big Country out?
If Big Country beat the shit out of Kimbo and Kimbo didnt win one fight on the show, Dana wouldnt have said without hesitation that he would fight in the UFC.

Kimbo must either put on a real good show and lose in a great fight, or he beats Roy Nelson.

With Nelson clowning around and not taking this thing serious. I wouldnt be surprised if a motivated Kimbo Ko's a tired Roy Nelson.

And I would love to see Kimbo train with Rashad. Greg Jackson is the best in the world. Training with a great wrestler like Carwin could really help Kimbo's groundgame.
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Doubt he beats big country. Dana just knows kimbo puts asses in seats.
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