It was just under a year ago that the YouTube fighting sensation, Kimbo Slice, lost to Seth Putruzelli by knockout, on nationally televised CBS Saturday Night Fights. The match lasted 14 seconds.
Putruzelli was not even supposed to be Slice’s opponent in the match, but an eye injury to Ken Shamrock (his original opponent) forced Putruzelli to step in and fight Kimbo.
At that moment in time, Slice was a fighter for Elite XC; but just weeks after his loss to Putruzelli, the company went bankrupt and Slice was left on the outside of the fighting world looking in.
Slice’s fighting career didn’t begin in the ring of Elite XC; in fact, his debut in Elite XC wasn’t until Nov. 2007. His career began on the streets- literally.
In 2003, he began fighting in unsanctioned street fights in which he brutally beat down his opponents. These fights were taped and gained buzz on the net appearing on You Tube.
When asked about Kimbo Slice, President of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), Dana White, stated that if Kimbo ever wanted to fight in the UFC, he would have to go through the Ultimate Fighter television show and win it.
The Ultimate Fighter series has been through nine seasons on national television and has seen fighters like Michael Bisping, Forest Griffin, Matt Serra and Rashad Evans rise to UFC stardom.
Tonight, is the premiere of Ultimate Fighter season 10. The roster includes heavyweights 16 fighters, Kimbo being one of them; and four former NFL players and the former IFL (International Fight League) Heavyweight Champion.
The 16 fighters will be divided up into two teams- one coached by former Light Heavyweight champion and former Ultimate Fighter winner, Rashad Evans- and the other by former Light Heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Is Slice’s addition to the show simply a ratings grab by UFC commissioner Dana White? Or can Kimbo prove to the world that he is a true Ultimate Fighter?
Tune in tonight to find out.
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