Slice looks to prove himself as a true mixed martial artist
Former Street Brawler Faces Former IFL Champ Roy Nelson on Show
Las Vegas, Nev. (Wednesday, September 30, 2009) – Many people have wondered what would happen if former street king Kimbo Slice stepped into the Octagon of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and, tonight, they will get a little bit of a glimpse at that answer. Ratings are expected to skyrocket on Spike TV tonight when Slice steps into the spotlight to face former International Fight League Heavyweight Champion Roy Nelson on the UFC reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.
“I didn’t really have any special picks on who I would have wanted to fight first, second or third,” Slice commented on the fight selection. “I guess those guys who called names out like Roy did had a game plan coming into the house. I didn’t have time to think about that. I was just there to thump whenever my name was called.”
Slice last stepped into the cage for the now defunct Elite XC on October 4, 2008, when a loss to Seth Petruzelli in 13 seconds shocked many but seemingly confirmed the beliefs of MMA purists such as UFC President Dana White that Slice was overhyped. White has gone on record many times saying that Slice could not make it in the UFC, and the only way he would ever allow him into the UFC would be through The Ultimate Fighter.
“He can be on The Ultimate Fighter,” White said last November when he was asked if he would allow Slice onto the show. “What’s he done other than get 10 million hits on YouTube? What’s he done to deserve to be in the UFC? He won’t win The Ultimate Fighter. The offer’s out there if he wants to take it, but he won’t win it.”
What White did not expect was Slice to immediately jump on the offer, which the former street fighter did because he had long wanted to prove himself in the Octagon. In all fairness, he never asked to be the face of Elite XC but was thrust into the role because organization officials knew that he would be their meal ticket and reason for high ratings. They were correct as a live telecast on CBS of Slice knocking out James Thompson at Prudential Center in Newark had sky high ratings, and his unexpected loss to Petruzelli essentially bankrupted the company.
Appearing on The Ultimate Fighter presents Slice with the opportunity to establish himself as a true mixed martial artist, and he promises that viewers are in for a good fight tonight.
“A good match-up,” he remarked. “You got to tune in. I was impressed with my performance.”
Both Slice and Nelson are glad they got the chance to make it to the Octagon, but they both cannot help to think that this fight could have been a nice payday for them both on a different platform.
"Me and Kimbo, we talked about it, like how much money we would have potentially lost by fighting actually on the show," Nelson stated in an interview with MMAWeekly.com. "We could have headlined shows just by ourselves. So it's actually kind of funny to go that route, but I'm glad that we did it. I think it's probably going to be Spike's number one show by far (higher numbers) than even the premier.”
Skeptics, fans and those that are just simply curious will all get the chance to draw some conclusion when episode three of this season’s Ultimate Fighter airs tonight on Spike.