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The UFC would consider having a heavyweight season of “The Ultimate Fighter” just for Kimbo Slice

UFC President Dana White extended another offer to former EliteXC heavyweight Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson to try out for a future season of The Ultimate Fighter. During the post-fight press conference for UFC 90 in Rosemont, Ill. this past Saturday, White was once again asked whether the UFC had any interest in signing Slice.

“He can be on The Ultimate Fighter,” White responded. “What’s he done other than get 10 million hits on YouTube? What’s he done to deserve to be in the UFC? Nothing. I don’t consider him a real athlete or anything. He won’t win The Ultimate Fighter. The offer’s out there if he wants to take it (but) he won’t win it.”

After making at least $500,000 for a 14-second loss to Seth Petruzelli during the Oct. 4 edition of CBS’ Saturday Night Fights, it’s extremely doubtful that Slice would surrender six weeks of his life with no guarantee of a payoff. However, if the UFC was looking to improve the ratings for the TUF franchise, it could always sign Slice to a contract prior to the taping of the show and offer him a guaranteed appearance fee.

While the idea of the UFC paying Slice to appear on the show is highly unlikely, White did offer to make one concession for Slice. Due to the lack of strong heavyweight prospects, the Spike TV and the UFC has not showcased the weight class since the show’s second season. But for Slice, the UFC might be willing to make an exception because when asked whether they would do a heavyweight season just for Slice, White grinned and then chuckled before responding, “We might do that.”

31 COMMENTS
  • ken says:

    Kimbo Slice Blows. He needs to disappear I’m sick of hearing his name.

  • mingo says:

    Dude did you not hear? Fla boxing ass. is overturning seths victory. He had brass knuckles under those gloves kimbo never got hit with those on the street lolololololol

    I hope they do pay Jokebo to go on TUF he would do something to get kicked off and dana could rip up any contract. They should do another season like hughes lutter etc and invite in kimbo, tank, big daddy etc and have a seniors lineup kimbo might beat. Even let bas come in and train kimbo.

    Have the winner meet brock

  • Don Bruns says:

    Say what you like about Dana — I applaud him for not wanting to sign Kimbo.

    At least he has enough respect for the sport to not give a free ride to Kimbo like CBS did just for the sake of a greasy buck.

  • mattio says:

    Kimbo should take him up on the offer. It would be good for a laugh.

    The drama factor on that show would shoot through the roof.

  • JJ says:

    Jokebo? Mingo, that has to be the worst insult I have ever seen.

    And those ideas about TUF are really, really bad.

  • Jason G says:

    It would be a special season of TUF called Cans/Old guys. The cast could consist of Kimbo, Sean Gannon, James Thompson, Ken Shamrock, Seth P, Tank, Don Frye, Bo Cantrell, Butterbean… I don’t think it would be any worse than watching the other crap reality shows on tv

  • Shatner says:

    Yeah Don Bruns because Dana’s above doing anything on TV just for money and ratings like loading up the house on TUF with alcohol so some of the weak minded cast members can get drunk and make fools of themselves or that hour Spike TV special Bad Blood where he’s shows everyone how hard he’s training for a boxing match with Tito that never happened or telling people to tune in to the SpikeTV Scream awards for a huge ground breaking announcement that turns out to be no big deal.The guy is all about ratings and money.

  • dbess says:

    I think UFC should sign Kimbo and do a money match of Kimbo vs Lesnar.

  • dpk says:

    Its fair, if Kimbo wants to be in UFC he can have the chance to earn it. Maybe they can get Bobby Lashly on there too. They would do massive ratings with those two. I’m just not sure Kimbo could even fight himself into the house on the opening show.

  • Jason G says:

    I don’t necessarily blame Kimbo for this but because of how much of a money maker he is there’s always people making shady decisions around him. Imagine if he was on TUF and he has to fight to get into the house. You know they would try to match him up with some guy that didn’t look very good in tryouts and has a 1-0 record. He would never go for the TUF contract either. People always hate on Dana because they think alot of his decisions are unethical but most of the crap promoters in boxing and mma do are just as bad or worse. He’s pretty damn good at his job though: making money.

  • John says:

    For anyone to criticize any of these guys shows how ignorant some people can be. I’m a big boxing fan and more so an even bigger MMA fan these guy’s get in a steel cage and fight for the public’s enjoyment. Some study their craft well and it is a joy watch while some are rushed into it with limited skills but they have the heart to ge in there. So I say to those who criticize get in the cage and show us what you can do, or maybe we maybe saying what a tomato can you are.

  • Jason G says:

    John it’s a little different when as fans we’re paying their salary. That means I’m the boss and your the boss which gives us the right to praise and criticize them. Maybe he should get rid of his POS manager, posse and whoever else is influencing him to make bad decisions.

    He’s not going progress as a fighter when his opponents are past their prime and no longer have the athleticism to compete. He needs to fight young up and coming fighters with similar fighting experience and constantly be challenged or he’ll never have a chance to be a champion.

  • Shatner says:

    Dana bringing this up is a joke anyway of all the seasons of TUF including the one coming up they have had 1 group of heavyweights and the guy that won is fighting at light heavyweight now he would give anything if they could come up with enough quality fighters to have a season of Heavyweights on TUF,but there are not enough good heavyweights out there not under contract to put on the show who could compete at the UFC level.

  • bigmike265 says:

    Kimbo vs. Lesnar…..bring it

  • Jay K. says:

    Sam,

    What was the prior offer? Did I miss it somewhere?

  • Schlegel says:

    “John it’s a little different when as fans we’re paying their salary. That means I’m the boss and your the boss which gives us the right to praise and criticize them. Maybe he should get rid of his POS manager, posse and whoever else is influencing him to make bad decisions.

    He’s not going progress as a fighter when his opponents are past their prime and no longer have the athleticism to compete. He needs to fight young up and coming fighters with similar fighting experience and constantly be challenged or he’ll never have a chance to be a champion.”

    That was from jason G and I can not disagree more, I think it is hilarious that everyone bitches about how much money he is making and acts like that is a bad decision by Kimbo? LOL, which one of you wouldn’t fight has-beens for 500,00? Why is it bad for him to fight guys that are a bit past their prime? Tons of up and coming fighters fight big names who have passed their hay-day in order to gain name recognition and money. I agree that EliteXC promoted him facetiously . They are the ones that made him the sensation. This dude dropped his street fighting image from day 1, signed up one of the best know and respected names as his trainer and aggressivly said that he would never fight in back yard brawls again.

    Everyone is so caught up on his hype, but which one of us wouldn’t use that hype. This isn’t a 24 year old kid coming in with hype and hoping to make a long career in MMA. This is a 36 year old guy trying to make money for himself and his loved ones. I think Fergy did exactly what I would have, made the money while he could and won as many as he could. Now that the rest of the world knows what he, Bas and Elite XC already knew, that he wasn’t the best thing since sliced bread(sorry had to), he can start his rise from where he belongs.

  • batman says:

    Kimbo is way too old and way too cool to go on TUF. Thats a joke it will never happen just imagine how dumb that would be.

  • JollyDV says:

    Ditto what Schlegel just said. I really hope Kimbo has invested his winnings wisely. A chance to earn that kinda money in MMA with so little experience probably won’t come around again and lets say it does via Affliction. Take the MONEY!!!

  • Andy Y says:

    My suggestion to Kimbo stay away from the UFC. At 36 you gotta throw in the towel. I say better opportunities are coming his way. Hope he ran your Elite XC check to the bank.

  • dr_whigham says:

    Wow, Rider.

    I’m a US Marine, and even I thought that was jast a TAD bit excessive.

  • Jay says:

    Kimbo wouldn’t make it into the house!

  • ipunchbabies says:

    the sad thing is Kimbo didnt tell the dipshit gary shaw to promote him as “the baddest man on the planet.” or the best fighter in the world.

  • Grappo says:

    Dana’s tactic of thoroughly insulting Kimbo while at the same time trying to get him on TUF is very strange.

  • Jason G says:

    Well I guess it depends on his goals. He probably just wants to make some money instead of try to be the best. That’s cool if thats what he wants to do but he’s said in interviews that he came to be a champion.

  • Schlegel says:

    “Well I guess it depends on his goals. He probably just wants to make some money instead of try to be the best. That’s cool if thats what he wants to do but he’s said in interviews that he came to be a champion.”

    I still don’t see how anything Kimbo did hurt his chase of a championship?

    Hired a great trainer and got in one of the bigger orgs(at the time obv), we all know it isn’t up to Kimbo who he fights. I think he was, and presumably is, doing what it takes to be a champion, which is being there and being game, training hard and giving everything he has. I don’t think anyone has shown that Kimbo lacked in any of those areas.

    I just think Kimbo is taking blame for things that Shaw and others did incorrectly. The one argument I could understand is that Kimbo could have left when they promoted him that way, but like I stated earlier. They threw ALOT of money at him and i just can’t blame a guy for trying to better his situation.

  • HexRei says:

    Grappo on October 28th, 2008 6:28 am

    Dana’s tactic of thoroughly insulting Kimbo while at the same time trying to get him on TUF is very strange.

    Provoking him publicly like that is a good tactic, because if Kimbo takes him up on the offer, he can get the drawing power of Kimbo without having to make the same mistakes EXC did of playing Kimbo up as the next big thing when in fact he is mediocre right now.

  • Kimo^13 says:

    I think this is a great opratunity for Kimo, hence he is still just learning the MMA fighting still, that is a big jump from a street fighter to being a profesional MMA fighter, he’s still wet behind the ears, give him a chance let some of the bigger camps and better trained fighters teach him, we all know he alrdy has some power in his hands, now let’s just get the endurance up and his ground game.

  • ragefightingwear says:

    Do it KIMBO!

  • Shatner says:

    I’d like to see Kimbo Slice vs. Houston Alexander.

  • The ILL SilverBack says:

    I really have to keep in mind that most of you all commenting on the internet are mere fans and not fighters… there are a lot of dumb comments out there.

    1st..Kimbo is 34 not 36…. and he appears to be in better shape than most guys in any of the organizations out there..and age isn’t as big an issues as people make it out to be… Remember a guy named Randy Cotoure? I believe he didn’t start training in MMA til he was 33… granted he has a wrestling background but still…

    Looking at Kimbos standup…to be honest there are a lot of guys in the UFC that aren’t as technically sound on the feet and that’s just being honest..

    As a fighter myself on Mike Reilly’s Team Bison (with the like of..
    Brett Rogers and Kelly Kobold)- I kinda have mixed feelings about guys such as Kibo and Brock…although Brock’s situation is more understandable. Part of me congratulates Kimbo for using the avenue that he used to get himself noticed…it was pure genius… the power of technology…from youtube to fightin on Showtime and CBS, that was incredible and makin more money than 90% of the UFC. Honestly myself or noone can hate on that…hell the guy lived out of his car for a short period of time. And make no bones about it, Kimbo is and athlete, playing ball and the Univ. Of Miami and then later being cut by the Dolphins…the guys isn’t just a street thug…walkin into the arena no matter how he looks or how he comes off..people should do there research.

    And as far as Dana White and the comments…come on now, he needs to worry about keeping his fighters under contract because Affliction seems to be slowly but surely snatchin them from him with his cheap ass… start paying your fighters the money their worth, that should be your focus, how the hell does Rashad Evans get a bonus of only $60,000 for completely knocking the F$ck out one of the Icons of the sport!? You mean to tell me u couldn’t have made it a cool $100,000? Bullsh$t!lol

    Anyways..Kimbos career isn’t over…really its up to him rather or not he wants to continue to pursue MMA…but again people need to stop hatin a guy for making a living and gettin mad because an organization decided to market him as a great MMA fighter. We fighters knew the deal prior to Kimbo gettin into the cage… we train all around clearly he was one dimensional from da gate…so really no true student of the game expected for him to be an all start in a sport that he just began training.. But what happens is…just like with Anderson’s fight last weekend, people put all these expectations on guys.

    Putting Kimbo on the Show would be a good idea actually for Ratings and $$$ obviously…but really it would be a great experience for Kimbo as well…it wouldn’t hurt to get some more training in…and lets be real the UFC is hurting for 185ers and heavyweights… if Dana was really smart he’d put my friend and Teammate on there with him: Brett “The Grim” Rogers…(smile) how bout that?

  • The ILL SilverBack says:

    Oh yeah..and what’s with the retarded matchup comments…”Kimbo Vs. Brock”..lol Brock would kill kimbo with wrestling alone…I’m from Minnesota and I’ve wrestled in college at a tournament with Brock…da dude’s a beast! He’ll do well in this sport..

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