As you may have heard by now, Kimbo Slice will be fighting at TUF 10 finale. Just not with anyone from the show. It was said to be rumored that Slice would be taking on the heavy-handed Houston Alexander. Well, Houston has confirmed the fight and it will take place live on Spike TV on December 5th.
I am a huge fan of Kimbo and a fan of Houston Alexander for that matter. So for me this should be a great, entertaining fight to watch, unless Kimbo flops like he did vs Roy "Big Country" Nelson.
On paper this fight seems very evenly matched. Neither fighter likes to go on the ground and I'm not really sure either fighter would know what to do once they hit the ground. Everyone in America knows that Kimbo has absolutely no ground game whatsoever! In all of Alexander's fights inside the octagon, I've rarely seen him on the ground, unless you count him getting KO'D by James Irvin and the arm-triangle submission Eric Schaffer put him in.
I see Kimbo coming out with the victory even though Alexander is no joke at all. Alexander could lay Kimbo out cold, but I think with the training Kimbo has been getting at ATT (American Top Team) he will be more than prepared to win in his Octagon debut. If Kimbo loses, what does the UFC do? They've made a habit of cutting fighters that lose and aren't really going anywhere in the UFC, but would they do that with Kimbo? Or does the ratings he brings in keep his job secure?
I can't see Kimbo getting released. He's such a big name and Dana is all about making money.
I am a huge fan of Dana White and believe he is one of the smartest business men alive simply because he has taken mma to places people couldn't even imagine 10 or so years ago. But, Dana always criticized Elite XC for giving Kimbo opponents who would stand and swing and not dare take it to the ground. Isn't that what Dana is doing with this fight?
I love Kimbo and find him to be a very humble man trying to make a living for his family, so I hope the UFC keeps him as long as he continues to work hard, make progress, and keep his head straight and not embarass the company.