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Dana White: Kimbo Slice Is ‘Dead Serious’ About Winning TUF 10

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From Dana White’s appearance last night on the Carmichael Dave Show, in which DW discussed the Kimbo situation for the first time:

"We shot episode one today. He walked into the gym and was, ah…lemme tell you what, he was pretty serious. He wasn’t messing around, he wasn’t joking. He wasn’t laughing. I don’t think he’s a big Dana White fan, either. You know, how could you be after all the things that have gone back and forth? So we’re gonna find out this season if he’s for real or not…

I said a lot of things about this guy, and I’m gonna tell you now, just like I would, I’ve got nothing but respect for him. This guy stepped up and he wants to fight on The Ultimate Fighter. And he’s dead serious about winning this thing too."

White also said something that would be shocking if it’s actually true: Kimbo is not being paid to be on the show. ("You don’t come on The Ultimate Fighter to get paid. You get paid if you win The Ultimate Fighter.") So he’ll be making $5,000 per stoppage victory, like everybody else? Luke Thomas of BloodyElbow sums up the insanity like this:

"[T]he one fighter who has been a part of ‘the No. 1 and No. 3 most-watched fights in U.S. history, topping off at 7.3 million viewers’ is now living in bunk beds in a group home on a reality television show with other up-and-coming fighters for a chance at a UFC contract. That is the power of the UFC brand."

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jamesmedley- September 30, 2011 at 4:35 am
i hope bobby might have an eye on this, better he should be aware of how to wrap, hope his seriousness will help me out in fetching the target.
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Old_Bald_and_Irish- June 3, 2009 at 7:42 am
@ MKXii

Sinead by gogoplata. Count on it.
Jay Smith- June 2, 2009 at 5:06 pm
I can't wait to see him win TUF 10, and make it into the UFC. Dana White has wanted him there all along, and now him and I both are gonna get our wish. I'm sure Slice has been working on his Jits and his cardio all this time that he's been off, and I can't wait to see him kick some ass!!!! WAR KIMBO.
kula- June 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm
wow so you basically just wrote what dana white said, that doesnt make it fact broseph
jdavis- June 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm
I seriously doubt the UFC is paying Kimbo to be on the show, they don't pay anyone to be on the show they pay them to win the show. Guys who go on TUF make their money after the show is over with. Now it wouldn't surprise me if SpikeTV didn't put some money in Kimbo's pocket to sweeten the deal just to up their ratings.
Give It Up- June 2, 2009 at 10:27 am
Hamma, do you think the people on Deal or no Deal get paid. im just saying when their is a potential prize at the end, you dont really need to pay anyone. being given a chance to be in the spotlight of your dreams is enough payment for these guys. most of them have been working all their lives for this. now they get a chance to make it to their dream spot in less then a couple months time. no money is needed to take that offer. kimbo on the other hand, is a little different. but he wants to be looked at as legit so bad that i think he would take the opportunity also.
MKXii- June 2, 2009 at 10:26 am
TUF: The Comeback 2
Mirko Filipovic
Seth Petruzelli
Kimbo Slice
Sean Gannon
Don Frye
Don Rickles
John Elway
Joaquin Phoenix's Rap Career
Chuck Liddell
Chuck Liddell's Haircut
The Baha Men
Sinead O'Connor
George Foreman
China's Freewill

My moneys on Sinead O'Connor.
Dirky15- June 2, 2009 at 10:19 am
People are going to realize two things really quickly about Kimbo:
1. He is not only not a top fighter, but he isn't even a below average fighter.
2. He has a boring personality, and won't make for interesting TV.

But I will still watch. Has to be better than this season, where the American "talent" purposely sucks, and there isn't a decent wrestler or BJJ fighter in sight so that they can give the Brits a chance to build another star like Bisping. I just hope the Heavyweights they choose alongside Kimbo don't suck just to make him shine, like the Americans this season. If they pick real fighters, Kimbo will lose very early. I can think of 4 or 5 Light Heavyweights from TUF 8 that would beat Kimbo over and over again. Bader, Vinny, Kryzstof, and Elliot would all kill Kimbo in a fight.
MKXii- June 2, 2009 at 10:17 am
Heard Seth Petruzelli is coming back and this will be TUF: The Comeback 2.
Hamma Fist Elbow Bam-Bam- June 2, 2009 at 9:17 am
Bullshit. Everyone on TV, reality or otherwise, gets paid. Even people on The People's Court. I don't think it's even legal to not pay them.
Kimbos Bread- June 2, 2009 at 8:58 am
Dana White is a little bitch.
Dubbayoo- June 2, 2009 at 8:58 am
Dubbayoo- June 2, 2009 at 8:57 am
last week it was talks about Fedor/UFC.. come on UFC... Fedor/Kimbo... make it happen.
ssmr0501- June 2, 2009 at 8:43 am
Does anybody else just think that Kimbo took this opportunity in TUF so that he can get his publicity and hype from last year back? Publicity and hype so that if he gets ousted early from the show he will be able to pull more money elsewhere because of his potential ratings draw he can provide. Just a thought
whatever.- June 2, 2009 at 8:35 am
Is it just me or does Dana not sound very enthusiastic about any of this?
NECROPHYTE- June 2, 2009 at 8:30 am
How's he gonna blog? The animal cain't even read or write!
Nut Puncher 9000- June 2, 2009 at 8:20 am
I am calling it now. Rampage will be K Ferg's coach. I now understand why Rampage wanted to coach TUF.
Nut Puncher 9000- June 2, 2009 at 8:11 am
You know, KIMBO is just a tough guy who was thrust into the bad position of carring an entire organization on his shoulders as a novice. I realize that he was not the caliber mixed martial artist that would survive for long in that position, and although it was fun to watch his meteoric rise and fall, I have respect for the determination of this man.

Although his ego/crew got in the way, he took up training with Bas. Not a bad decision in the first place. (Even though he was later going to screw this arrangement up) Now it appears as if he again made a correct move in building himself through TUF. Where else is a man of his current fame going to be able to find the lessor quality of opponent he needs to fight in order to survive and yet maintain his already huge fan base? At least on TUF he will recieve another dose of "this is how we train in MMA" without being thrown to Brock Lesnar or someone his fame might demand.

Now am I going to say he has corrected all his flaws and will take TUF 10 hands down, no. Will I say that there is no better scenario for a man in his position to right the ship, yes.

I, for one, will be watching.
Blackleg- June 2, 2009 at 8:11 am
If you put Seth in that house Kimbo would smother that mother-fucker in his sleep with a pillow.

I'm still pretty skeptical of his supposed drive to fight MMA, if you can't get your shit together and get amped to do the work when you've got fucking Bas training you... I just don't see why he'd be ready 'now' but... we'll see.
Canadian Chronic- June 2, 2009 at 7:58 am
kimbo is gonna get fucked up by any legit fighter in the house. fail.
Rodney- June 2, 2009 at 7:50 am
@ Uncle Sam...

Uncle Sams Misguided Child USMC- June 2, 2009 at 7:48 am
I just got the leaked list of fighters...

Kimbo Slice
Bobby Lashley
Hulk Hogan
The Rock
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Macho Man Randy Savage
The Undertaker

Ahh fuck I cant name 16 pro wrestlers anyone wanna help me complete my list?
Akilleez- June 2, 2009 at 7:44 am
Honestly, I think Kimbo should do pretty well. His fight with Seth was pretty flukey whether you want to admit it or not. Heavyweights are unpredictable, unless Fedor is fighting.
ldykilla82- June 2, 2009 at 7:36 am
Smartest Move Kimbo could have pulled. If you win it will be in the biggest organization in MMA, if he loses it will be in the biggest organization in MMA. At least Kimbo is getting past his ego and branding ( he may have been listening to Tagg Radio). I hope that we get to meet Kimbo's crew Icey Mike sounds like a man of the people.

With alot of TUF formula getting monotonous I think Dana and funky bunch should think about using draw power of former fighters, how great would it be to watch Iron Mike Tyson Coach, you can always still have people who know other disciplines assist coach but throw in these guys famous in one discipline to draw a wider audience.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- June 2, 2009 at 7:26 am
So all of the cast members are going straight to the house and won't have to fight to get in?

And the cast members names are a closely guarded secret?

I see where this is going...

Let me be the first to tell you the name of one of Kimbo's new room mates.

The one... The only...

Mr. Seth Petruzelli

Petruzelli + Kimbo = RATINGS GOLD

Think about it. EVERYONE wants to see that rematch. Either to see Kimbo go to sleep again or to watch Seth get his face pushed in. And Dana White can make that rematch happen on TV. It would be ...HUGE....and cheap! Imagine the chance to put on a near PPV worthy fight on a reality show? Ya can't miss.

Remember, ya heard it here first.

BTW, throw Lashley into the mix and you go into the stratosphere ratings-wise.