On Saturday, May 8, UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II will, indeed, have Kimbo Slice take on fellow Ultimate Fighter alum Matt Mitrione.
Slice (4-1), fresh off his three-round unanimous decision victory over Houston Alexander at the TUF10 finale last December, will be in with a familiar foe in in Mitrione. The heavyweight bout was made official today.
Mitrione (1-0), an NFL veteran, made his proper mixed martial arts debut on the TUF10 finale card and showed impressive poise and power as he knocked out Marcus Jones in the second round, and he hopes to make another statement when he squares off with Kimbo this spring.
This announcement confirms that Mitrione was not scrapped from the UFC 113 card in favor of newly acquired former boxing champion James Toney.
Toney’s trainer, Juanito Ibarra, spoke of Slice when in an interview with Bleacher Report MMA last week.
“I think that’s a great opponent …hopefully the UFC would consider something like that.”
Apparently, the UFC didn’t see it that way. Looks like Toney will not be getting a Slice of anything …or at least, not in May.
UFC 113 takes place Saturday, May 8, at the Bell Centre in Montreal.