Slice looked impressive in his UFC debut against Houston Alexander.
Ultimate Fighter 10 Contestants to be on Featured Card
Las Vegas, Nev. (Monday, February 8, 2010) – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White confirmed that former street brawler turned mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice (4-1) will square off against fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 contestant Matt Mitrione (1-0) on May 8th at UFC 113. Slice was eliminated from the UFC reality series after being defeated by eventual winner Roy Nelson, but he was then victorious in his official UFC debut against MMA veteran Houston Alexander at the TUF finale.
“I thought Houston Alexander would win that fight,” White said last week. “Kimbo Slice beat a guy I consider a real guy, a guy who’s fought some good guys and beaten them. (Alexander) knocked out Keith Jardine. He knocked out Alessio Sakara.”
Before heading to TUF, Slice last stepped into the cage for the now defunct Elite XC in 2008. His loss that night to Seth Petruzelli took only 13 seconds, shocking many but seemingly confirming the beliefs of MMA purists such as White that Slice was overhyped. White then went 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 TUF.
What White did not expect was Slice to immediately jump on his offer to join the cast of TUF 10, which he 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 to high ratings. They were initially correct in that belief as a live telecast on CBS of Slice knocking out James Thompson at Prudential Center in Newark had sky high ratings, but then his unexpected loss to Petruzelli essentially bankrupted the company.
As for his Slice’s upcoming opponent, Matt Mitrione also made his UFC debut at the TUF finale, knocking out fellow castmate Marcus Jones in the second round. While he is a gifted fighter, Mitrione was almost best known for a seeming lack of training intensity while filming the show.
UFC 113 was originally slated for May 1st, but White moved the card so the UFC would not be in direct competition with a planned boxing pay-per-view that will feature Floyd Mayweather facing Shane Moseley. White, one who never holds back his opinion of boxing, did not hesitate to answer when asked of his thoughts on the subject by UFC blog Cagewriter.
“We were trying to not go the same night as boxing, but these guys can't get out of their own way," White remarked. "I have never seen anything so unorganized, selfish and dysfunctional as boxing. It's a joke!"
UFC 113 will take place at Bell Centre in Montral, Quebec, Canada, and the card will feature a highly anticipated rematch between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua for the Light Heavyweight championship. The duo last squared off at UFC 104, with Machida taking a unanimous decision. Other fights planned for the night look to become official in the upcoming weeks, but Patrick Côté vs. Alan Belcher and Jeremy Stephens vs. Sam Stout are rumored to be on the docket.