Sliced Out: Kimbo Slice and UFC Part Ways, Was It a Mistake?

Jesse MotiffSenior Analyst IJune 7, 2010

MONTREAL- MAY 8: Kimbo Slice (L) punches Matt Mitrione in their heavyweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson is a very polarizing figure in the world of mixed martial arts. His fans are loyal, and are a major reason has been able to rise to the heights he has.

However, his critics will insist he's nothing more than an Internet sensation and had no business fighting professionally.

Gary Shaw, former boss of Elite XC, is a huge Kimbo Slice fan, but he thinks the UFC made a major mistake by giving Kimbo his walking papers after his UFC 113 loss to Matt Mitrione.

"I think the UFC made a huge mistake," Shaw told Fight Hub TV. "Once again Dana's ego has gotten in the way. I think Kimbo Slice could be a draw wherever he goes around the world. I think they matched him up wrong."

Shaw obviously has hard feelings towards White and the UFC, but he wasn't done just ripping on White's ego and Slice's dismissal.

"I would have built to a pay-per-view fight with James Toney. My way of doing business is obviously different than Dana's and the UFC. I don't knock them—they got a great product and make a ton of money, but I sure wouldn't have promoted Kimbo Slice like they did and I hope Kimbo comes around and gets in a boxing ring with me."

Regardless of one's personal feelings for Slice, the thought of the 36-year-old inside a boxing ring is laughable. He had no endurance in his fights for Elite XC or the UFC, so how could he possibly be expected to fight eight, ten, or even twelve rounds?

Other than the boxing remark, there is some validity in Shaw's comments. 

Slice wasn't put on the main card of a major UFC event for nothing. He does have a huge following around the world. In fact, the UFC could have done a better job of building him up to get more of a return on their investment. 

Slice hasn't made his future intentions known to this point, but one would imagine whatever he does, a huge crowd will flock to watch him do it.

What are your feelings on Kimbo Slice? Should he have been fired by the UFC? Should he have ever been given a chance in the first place?

Has he turned himself into a legitimate MMA fighter or is he nothing more than an internet sensation to you?


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