MMA main forum..KIMBO in the next TUF

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  1. SHORTSHIFTER

    SHORTSHIFTER Old School Lurker

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    http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=4214574
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news;_y...5nYcB?slug=ki-kimbo060109&prov=yhoo&type=lgns


    is this real??

    LAS VEGAS – Kimbo Slice, the controversial heavyweight who in 2008 headlined the most-viewed mixed martial arts card in history, will be one of 16 contestants on the forthcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s reality TV series.

    Dana White, the UFC’s outspoken president, has repeatedly mocked Slice for his lack of fighting ability. Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, became a cult figure by competing in street fights that were posted on YouTube. Slice’s “bouts” drew tens of millions of views and led him to turn professional.

    He fought for the now defunct Elite XC, garnering massive media attention but getting mocked by White and others affiliated with the UFC for a lack of ability.

    White has called him a “joke,” a “bum” and “not a real fighter,” among other less than kind descriptions. He said that Slice would “get murdered if he fought in the UFC” and suggested that his lightweight champion, 155-pound B.J. Penn, would “annihilate” the 230-pound Slice.

    The UFC president has repeatedly insisted he would not allow Slice to compete in the UFC unless he won his way onto the show by competing on “The Ultimate Fighter.”

    Slice has called White’s bluff and will appear on Season 10 of the highly rated Spike TV series, White has confirmed. Fighters live in the same house and train together, and then fight during the show in a bid to earn a UFC contract.

    His appearance, along with that of former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans as coaches, should guarantee massive ratings.

    “It should be interesting, given some of the things I’ve said about him,” White said.

    Slice, who has a 3-1 professional record, appeared in the main event of the first MMA card shown on network television in the U.S. when he fought James Thompson on May 31, 2008, on CBS.

    Slice won by third-round stoppage in a bout that attracted a record 6.5 million viewers and remains the most-viewed MMA bout in history.

    But Slice hasn’t fought since Oct. 4, when he was knocked out by a jab from late replacement Seth Petruzelli, a light heavyweight, just 14 seconds into another fight broadcast on CBS. The plug was pulled on Elite XC, which reportedly lost millions of dollars, in the aftermath of the fight.

    White promised “some major surprises” as he announced on a Thursday conference call that Jackson and Evans, each of whom is a former light heavyweight champion, would serve as coaches on Season 10.

    He declined to say anything further but urged reporters on the call not to miss media day, which is Tuesday at the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas.

    White worked hard to keep Slice’s appearance on the show a secret, hoping to have unveiled him Tuesday. Season 10, which is being called “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” was originally slated to feature a cast of eight heavyweights and eight middleweights, but the UFC quietly informed the middleweights who tried out that it was going with an all-heavyweight show.

    And unlike in recent seasons, where the competitors had to win a fight to earn their way into the house, there will be no such arrangement this time. All 16 fighters – Spike and the UFC are keeping names of the others a closely guarded secret – will automatically move into the house.

    Though White goes to great lengths to insist that nothing on the show is scripted, it’s virtually guaranteed that Slice won’t fight early in the competition. Having him around and alive in the competition is going to keep ratings elevated.

    If Slice is able to advance to the live Dec. 5 finale, with a chance to earn a UFC contract with a win, ratings would likely be the largest in Spike history.
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  2. fsd

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    wow :rofl:
     
  3. momentum

    momentum CAN'T STOP THIS SON!

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    it's real
     
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    wow if it is real...this is all we are gonna see on mma blogs tomorrow
     
  5. dengar

    dengar seans is a afta marchsollwe in his gir! OT Supporter

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    Dana is a fucking genius.

    I hope they let Lashley on also, but I guess since they are taping soon and his upcoming fight with Sapp is going to make it impossible.

    If nothing else they should bring in a few of the ex-NFL guys that are fighting now.
     
  6. Maestro Nobones

    Maestro Nobones Great Job! - GLAD DADS CREW

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    fucking shit :rofl: also wtf, fighters having to fight to get in the house is gone?? ugh.
     
  7. dengar

    dengar seans is a afta marchsollwe in his gir! OT Supporter

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    The talent pool for Heavyweights is really small compared to other weight classes. If they have 16 solid guys its not worth it to have something flukey happen and end up with lesser talent on the show.
     
  8. dengar

    dengar seans is a afta marchsollwe in his gir! OT Supporter

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    Just when we were wll bitching about how TUF is lamer with each season Dana puts Rampage, Rashad, and Kimbo together and just guaranteed the highest rated TUF ever.

    I'm really interested to see who the other 15 names on the show are going to be.
     
  9. chungalunga

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    any speculation?
     
  10. dengar

    dengar seans is a afta marchsollwe in his gir! OT Supporter

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    I haven't read anything and the fact that they kept Kimbo a secret this long is astounding.
     
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    XJ3B wat

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    i will not watch
     
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  13. dengar

    dengar seans is a afta marchsollwe in his gir! OT Supporter

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    but every person who watched him on youtube and isn't a mma fan will.
     
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    i'd like to see marcus jones there, he's an ex nfl player who trains at gracie tampa now. guy is a damn beast of an athlete
     
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    are there any statistics on the percentage of mma fans that are white / black

    i imagine this will appeal to the black population as majority of ufc fans are white, no?
     
  16. Antigeek

    Antigeek Who Dat!

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    This is gonna be pure comedy.
     
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    I will defintiely watch.
     
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    That's going to help the ratings.
     
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    I should call gannon tomorrow and beg him to get on TUF
     
  20. Toodles

    Toodles You are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the w OT Supporter

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    in for a threesome of nog hilarity
     
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    The ratings for this season could top season 1. Kimbo has to be on Rampage's team - that combination is going to be lulz. And if Bobby Lashley is on the show, then the potential final of Kimbo vs. Lashley is going to be epic.
     
  22. Toodles

    Toodles You are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the w OT Supporter

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    whatever happened to Kimbo's move to boxing? :o
     
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    I will watch
     
  24. dengar

    dengar seans is a afta marchsollwe in his gir! OT Supporter

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    It had to be a front.

    I wonder where and who he has been training with to get ready for this?
     
  25. WiKiD

    WiKiD U MAD?

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    :noes: He may be pretty good if he is still working with Bas Rutten.
     

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