Kimbo Slice: Oh How We Missed You Fighting...What Is He Doing Now?

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2011

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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Let me start off by saying, don't mind the title it's sarcastic. No one probably misses the sham that was Kimbo's MMA career.

The reason how I got into MMA is because of Kimbo Slice. I started off watching his Elite XC fights and, I can say, I learned my lesson.

Watching other fights I clearly saw, Kimbo Slice was just one thing and one thing only, punching power. Outside of his punching power he was about as useful as anybody in the crowd watching.

He was raw talent, completely the opposite of an MMA fighter. His antics led Bas Rutten, his one-time coach, to call him "unteachable".

UFC President Dana White criticized the MMA mega-star. Rightfully so. Kimbo hadn't fought anyone of real skill or real potential for someone to say "Hey he's going to be a mega-draw on any card we put him on."

Funny to say, fighter Seth Petruzelli, who by the way before his fight with Kimbo was running a yogurt shop, took the fight the night the big Kimbo fight was suppose to happen.

It took 14 seconds, just 14 seconds to send Kimbo face first into the mat. At that moment I knew the fighter I had been watching was what I was subconsciously thinking all along, a sham.

And of course there was controversy surrounding the legitimacy of the fight. Those accusations made by Seth Petruzelli that EliteXC told him to take a dive were found to be false. But honestly, who knows the truth? Kimbo was the main draw of EliteXC and the fact to keep that hype they could have done anything.

I wouldn't doubt it if they came out and said they did, in fact, offer him more money to take a dive.

Kimbo got his shot at redemption. Dana White made The Ultimate Fighter 10 specifically for heavyweights just so Kimbo could have his way in.

Even that was too good as heavyweight Roy Nelson did what he did best, lay on top of Kimbo with his over-sized stomach.

Kimbo was offered a fight on the TUF Finale card against Houston Alexander, who much like Kimbo, had his MMA prowess from his quick, lightning fast knockouts.

Slice took care of Houston Alexander in a three round, unanimous decision and looked really good in his catchweight fight.

Kimbo Slice's next fight was against his TUF castmate Matt Mitrione. Mitirione TKO'd and killed any remaining hype for the brawling, MMA mega-star. After his loss to Mitrione, Kimbo rumors began.

Apparently he was going to become a boxer, talks of him going to Japan and fighting began to rise.

Now, Kimbo Slice will enter pro wrestling. That's right, he will enter Japanese pro wrestling.

He will wrestle in the Inoki Genome Federation's "Genome 14" that will take place in Fukuoka, Japan. Kimbo will wrestle against former Sumo wrestler Shinichi Suzukawa.

Kimbo was destined for a life outside of MMA. He was never more then a below average MMA fighter. He could have been a great boxer with his lights out potential punches but, Kimbo is more suited for the life of the pro wrestler. He already has the ego and the personality. Now it's time for him to try and salvage the little attention he has left.

So this is to Kimbo, it was fun while it lasted but honestly, MMA wasn't for you. Good luck in wrestling.