Kimbo Slice Is Coming to the Ultimate Fighter

Dumont WalkerSenior Analyst IJune 2, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  MMA Heavyweight Sensation Kimbo Slice is seen during the Workout/Media Day with Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano at the Legends Mixed Martial Arts Training Center on September 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

MMA/fighting phenom Kimbo Slice had one of the quickest rises to stardom the MMA world has ever seen. He was the backyard brawler turned professional fighter, all that came to an end last October when Slice was knocked out by a virtual nobody in the MMA world. Since then, Kimbo Slice has been in hiding, until yesterday.

Kimbo Slice was under contract to the organization known as Elite XC, which went bankrupt shortly after Slice's Oct. 4 lost. Since then, Slice has been looking for a new gig.

The obvious choice for a new promotion would be UFC. However, UFC president Dana White was adamant that Kimbo Slice would not fight for his organization, citing that Slice was just a freak show.

It now appears that Dana White has changed his mind. White announced yesterday that Kimbo Slice would participate in UFC's reality series The Ultimate Fighter. By doing so, Slice will have an opportunity to win a one-year contract with the UFC.

The Ultimate Fighter has been UFC's best vehicle to mainstream MMA since it airs weekly on Spike T.V. and does huge ratings

It appears that while Dana White wrote Kimbo Slice off as a sideshow, he has now found a way to put the sideshow into a three-ring circus and make it an even bigger spectacle. Once again it appears that Dana White is more than willing to jeopardize the integrity of his promotion if it means a few more headlines

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