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Kimbo Slice to appear on The Ultimate Fighter Season 10

When EliteXC folded months ago, UFC president Dana White had publicly stated that the only way EliteXC heavyweight Kimbo Slice would get a shot in the UFC was if he wanted to compete as a cast member on the UFC’s flagship show, The Ultimate Fighter.

Well, according to Kevin Iole of, that’s exactly what’s about to happen. Dana White has reportedly confirmed that Kimbo will appear as a cast member on the tenth season of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights which is set to begin filming shortly and will feature former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans as competing coaches.

One big change in the show is that the sixteen competitors on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights will not have to fight in order to secure a spot in the house like in previous seasons. This move could have been made to guarantee that Slice will not be forced to fight early and will kept around to help increase ratings as much as possible.

Slice hasn’t fought in MMA competition since the last EliteXC show in October. He was scheduled to face Ken Shamrock in the main event on the card, however Shamrock was cut during training and was forced out of the bout. EliteXC officials then scrambled to replace Shamrock and ended up choosing relative unknown Seth Petruzelli. Petruzelli then proceeded to knock Kimbo out in front of a record 6.5 million viewers in just a matter of seconds.

The UFC is set to announce Slice’s appearance at a media day on Tuesday at the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas

  • GetItOn says:

    Real Talk

  • dpk says:

    I was wondering what was up when they decided to just do HWs and didn’t make them fight their way into the house. This should be an interesting season.

  • JJ Docker says:

    Two things. Rampage coaching Kimbo will be strange but hilarious. Kimbo will show up out of shape, relatively at least, and will get taken down and held there by any heavyweight with half a brain.

  • s00nertp says:

    season 10 is going to be AWESOME!!!!!

    I cant wait.

    I am not sure if I am a minority, but I freaking love watching TUF each week and prefer when there isnt too much destructive drama. For my wife & I it is like a ritual.

  • ihateemo says:

    I have to say, major kudos to Ferguson for stepping up and taking the challenge. I think most people’s criticisms of him were not that he was a lousy or incapable fighter but that he was being overhyped as something he wasn’t, which was as the prime example of what a MMA fighter is. That was obviously the fault of the Shaws and EliteXC so hopefully he will learn some new skills and shine on TUF. Kudos to him for not letting them push him into boxing (as I believe the most recent rumour went).

    Speaking of training – is this the reason Bas Rutten stopped training him? Thinking Kimbo should sign with Strikeforce or something rather than “demote” himself to TUF?

  • cere says:

    dpk: you hit it right on the head. Having Kimbo on the show will guarantee great ratings and an interesting season. They could not risk having Kimbo eliminated in the preliminary rounds just fighting to get into the house. A ‘Kimbo’ season without Kimbo would not work for them. So, go against the format of the last few seasons and guarantee that he will be in the house, win or lose, for the entire season (unless he walks off or gets kicked off). His appearance on TUF also explains why they went against the other format concept of having two weight classes…they want it to be the Kimbo show.

    Depending on the caliber of fighters they bring in Kimbo could have a decent chance of winning it. If they bring in a cast like TUF9, he could walk away with it. If they bring in real fighters like in season 1 and 2, then he could get eliminated very early…but at least he would still be in the house.

    I get the idea they will bring in a bunch of wannabe’s who will flop to Kimbo. Dana is a marketing machine and putting Kimbo through TUF, with the pretense that he is actually fighting UFC candidate caliber fighters will give TUF unbelievable ratings. When he wins it by beating a bunch of stiffs, the UFC can market the hell out of him when they roll him into the UFC. Imagine the PPV buys (and mockery) that a Kimbo vs. Lesnar match would generate (and mockery).

    …or they put him in against real competition and take their chances that he gets knocked out. It would validate all of Dana’s trash talk towards Kimbo if he got eliminated or let them really introduce him into the UFC as a real contender. Either way, UFC wins.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Some great commentary so far. Well-said, gents. This is a win/win situation for all parties involved (TUF, Slice, and the UFC). If you run into a critic just remind him Kimbo’s 3-1 professional record is better than Amir Sadollah as well as a few other previous contestants.

  • Angry Mike says:

    I doubt that White or UFC will set Kimbo with cans or cupcakes. That could backfire and damage UFC and TUF. No fighter is worth damaging either, and I can’t imagine that UFC or White would take that risk for Kimbo.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    If they set up a cage in the backyard,Kimbo stands a chance of doing well.

  • Stan says:

    “Speaking of training – is this the reason Bas Rutten stopped training him? Thinking Kimbo should sign with Strikeforce or something rather than “demote” himself to TUF?”

    Bas stopped with Kimbo long before this could have possibly been in motion. He implied that Kimbo wasn’t training hard and didn’t have enough dedication to make his training investment worthwhile… and that had been going on long before the Petruzelli KO. Guys that don’t train hard don’t hang around too long.

  • jasonah says:

    this is a well masterminded move by the U.F.C, The Ratings on T.U.F have been on a downhill slide for along time,And all of a sudden, WOW, OUT POP’S KIMBO! wow, that’s coincedence? No they set a all H.W Season up for some thing.The 185 and the H.W divisions are the Weakest in the U.F.C. As far as the not Fighting to get into the house.There is probabaly not enough guy’s @ H.W to compete for the Show.Kimbo will not make it.I If by some chance he does,Hill will be mauled in the H.W division. That’s called a Win for the U.F.C. And Kimbo makes Himself a Bigger name.And that is called Business!!!!


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