UFC Ultimate Fighter 10 Kimbo Slice
There has been a lot of talk over the past couple years about Kevin Ferguson, better known as Kimbo Slice, mainly criticism from MMA professionals and MMA fans. He became a well known figure because of his street fighting videos on You Tube. This led the promoters of the now bankrupt Elite XC to take advantage of this notoriety. He was immediately put on the fight cards as a main event or co-main event, and Elite XC used his street fighting image to promote him. The president of Elite XC at the time, Gary Shaw, responded to criticism about how he promoted Kimbo, by saying that he didn’t care about MMA fans and he was trying to attract a different crowd. This led many to assume that he was openly trying to make MMA attractive to WWE fans and trying to turn our beloved sport into a soap opera and some of the in cage displays of disrespect and drama seem to confirm this. His last opponent, Petruzelli, was encouraged to keep the fight standing up, and even offered money if the fight ended in a knockout, which is illegal, but no-one was ever charged because Petruzelli quickly changed his story after he realized what he was done. This was little consequence, because the fight ended in just 14 seconds as Petruzelli TKO’d Kimbo. Elite XC soon filed for bankruptcy and some of their officials attribute their downfall to Kimbo Slice.
Dana White, UFC President, was asked publicly asked if he planned of signing Kimbo. Dana made some comments about Kimbo’s lack of abilities and said that Kimbo couldn’t even win the Ultimate Fighter show. He also publicly offered Kimbo a spot of the next season of Ultimate Fighter that featured Heavyweights. I don’t think anyone, including Dana White actually expected Kimbo to take him up on that offer, but here we are. Although none of the other fighters have been announced, it has been confirmed by the UFC that Kevin Ferguson, a.k.a. Kimbo Slice, is a competitor on season 10 of the Ultimate Fighter reality show that began filming on June 1st.
This is the next step, and the right step in Kimbo’s career. Elite XC pushed him onto the main card way too soon against a bunch of has beens and never was fighters, and they marketed him in a way that was disrespectful to the sport, to MMA fans, and especially to the fighters that have given so much to clean up the image of MMA. I was a very outspoken critic of Kimbo fighting in the Elite XC, and for the first time I have respect for him as a fighter. He is ready to pay his dues and earn his way into the UFC. The UFC is also the promotion to clean up his image and promote him for what he desires to be, a Mixed Martial Artist. No matter what the outcome, Kimbo Slice, Rashad Evans, and Rampage Jackson on the same show is going to make for one heck of a season of Ultimate Fighter, and now that Kimbo has decided to turn his career around and become more than a sideshow, I hope he does well.
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