Kimbo Slice vs Houston Alexander: EliteXC

Leon Horne@@Leon_HorneAnalyst INovember 4, 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)
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Déjà vu, the feeling that one has witnessed or experienced a new situation at a previous time.

Explanations and theories range from past life experiences, drug effects, disorders of the mind or the most simple explanation that certain past experiences in life closely resemble the new situation and those memories are evoking the déjà vu.

In the case of a potential face off between Kimbo Slice and Houston Alexander at The Ultimate Fighter 10 season finale fight fans are probably getting that feeling.

One could argue that fans are experiencing déjà vu with Kimbo vs Houston not because of mental illness or drug use, but because we have seen this scenario once before.

Anybody remember the time when Kimbo Slice was the poster boy for the now defunct EliteXC mixed martial arts promotion?

Kimbo Slice most certainly isn't the poster boy for the UFC, we can leave that to guys like Georges St. Pierre.

That being said, Kimbo most certainly is the poster boy for season seven of the UFC reality show “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Advertising promos for this season always involved footage and dialogue of Kimbo Slice. Other more experienced veterans like Roy Nelson, the man Kimbo lost to in episode three, are not mentioned or shown in any of the television promos for the reality series.

Even with Slice's episode three loss to Roy Nelson the producers have been keeping the fans interested by painting a picture which suggests that injury of another fighter is going to allow Kimbo Slice to get back in.

Kimbo Slice has won over some new fans while being on the show.

He has exhibited a rather humble demeanor, willingness to learn and unlike some of the other competitors on the show Kimbo came into the reality series in what appears to be great shape.

The fight scheduled for the finale with Houston Alexander is the exact fight Dana White was criticising EliteXC for.

Of course Slice vs Alexander spells highlight knockout and from an economical stand point is probably as bankable as turkey a few days before thanksgiving.

These are two guys that love to “stand and bang”, they both hate the ground and judging by their losses either of them can be knocked out.

This fight definitely provides great entertainment value and is for sure marketable material.

Judging by the low quality of the fights and fighters so far this season, the ultimate fighter finale needs some star power and whether people like it or not, Kimbo brings that power.  

Dana White took his shots at Kimbo and EliteXC whenever he had the chance.

Mr. White felt that Kimbo had no mixed martial arts skill and that EliteXC was feeding him guys who hated the ground game, were over the hill and/or had a weak chin.

For the most part Dana White was right and it wasn't until the washed up Ken Shamrock was forced to pull out of his bout against Kimbo Slice that we saw Kimbo exposed.

A pink haired former UFC light heavy weight fighter by the name of Seth Petruzelli knocked Slice out in the opening seconds of the EliteXC main event.

Kimbo was exposed and EliteXC met it's fate which was in the graveyard of mixed martial arts promotions trying to compete with the UFC.

Now Dana White has Kimbo Slice fighting a 37-year-old fighter, who is 2-3 in his last five bouts, hates the ground game and has only one significant victory over the falling Keith Jardine.

Of course Houston Alexander has the intangible knockout power, but so did Tank Abbott.

Houston fights the right style for Kimbo's game, Houston is going to want to “stand and bang” and he has shown in the past that he can be knocked out.

Kimbo does have quick powerful hands and as evidenced in his fight with Roy Nelson he has a pretty decent sprawl. That being said, once Nelson managed to get the fight to the ground Kimbo looked like a fish out of water. Against Alexander, the ground is the last place Kimbo will be.

Just as Dana White was saying that EliteXC was spoon feeding Kimbo Slice, the UFC is doing the very same thing.

Kimbo should be fighting guys that are all around fighters, guys who can win it standing up and on the ground.

The only way Kimbo Slice is going to develop into a mixed martial artist is if he learns some basics in wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Of course Kimbo will never be totally well versed in the ground styles of mixed martial arts, but if he learns how to get back to his feet and how to defend the take down like our old friend Chuck Liddell then he will have a fighting chance at this sport.

As long as the promotions who are courting Slice are more interested in the pay per view sales and ratings as oppose to trying to develop and evolve Kimbo's career, he will remain the internet street fighting sensation that never could.

If Kimbo loses to Houston Alexander, one would expect the UFC to drop Kimbo Slice from their roster.

One could only wonder, would chapter three of this déjà vu unfold with Kimbo ending up in Strikeforce?


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