I have been watching the Tuf shows since day one and I love them. It is entertaining and gives hope to all could-be, wanna-be, and shoulda-been fighters, as well as exposing the world to the lifestyle and all the work and stress that goes with it.
I have noticed since the beginning that a lot of these guys are not that good! If you look at the seasons gone by, we have had people that just cant fight very well, people that can't handle stress, or guys that just don't have the heart and find a way out.
In my opinion, only a few are worthy of being there to begin with.
So, with that in mind, the Forest or Rashad that were in the house were a lot different than the guys we saw after the show aired. I'm not saying they sucked in the house, but there was a big difference.
After the show airs, the fighters have training opportunities that they never had before. Money rules the day, so the guys that are given contracts end up training in some elite gym and they develop quickly.
I have watched Kimbo on Youtube and seen a few of his XC shows. He was entertaining—no doubt.
The man is powerful and has some basic skills, footwork geared towards a very limited fight style, and no gas tank.
The biggest problem for Kimbo is his stamina. If the guy can fix this, then he is not a total loss. He is a powerful guy and, if his coaches are on the ball, they might work his take-down defence for now and plan around what he can do, and keep the fights standing.
Fans love KOs and they're good for ratings. Once he gets out of the house, Kimbo has access to some quality training. Who knows? Maybe the guy can earn a living and entertain us in the UFC.
So, to sum it up, this guy has the killer instinct and power to at least be competitive in this field. Don't be surprised if he does OK. After the whole XC issue, it seems that slice is taking all the flack, so I hope that the underdog emerges and works hard to claim a stake in the world of MMA.
Granted, it's not likely that he will ever speak as eloquently with his tools as Anderson Silva, but, if he can be a dangerous main stay for a few years, then this could be a real rags-to-riches story.
I might have to eat my words and face the shame, but I'm going to give this guy a break and, more importantly, see how fair my view of the Tuf show is.