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HOLY F*CKING SH*T: KIMBO SLICE JOINS CAST OF ‘ULTIMATE FIGHTER 10′


(Immediately after reading the news, I searched for this music video on YouTube and cranked my speakers to maximum volume. All props to TheGarv.)

Oh sweet Jesus, thank you Jesus, my prayers have been answered. Yahoo! has the exclusive:

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…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…

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…
 
[U]nlike 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…
 
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.

CageWriter is calling this the biggest coup in UFC history due to Kimbo’s mainstream drawing power, and says the boxing rumor was just a red herring. But what does it mean for Kimbo and TUF 10? Well…

— If "Diamond" Dave Kaplan can carve out a UFC career after his stint on the Ultimate Fighter, so can Kimbo. Expect to see Mr. Ferguson in the Octagon at the TUF 10 finale, and at least one more time after that. You have to assume that the UFC is hoping Slice will go on a win streak so they can put him against Lesnar in a monumental, world-altering pay-per-view event.

— Between Rampage, Sugar, and Kimbo…let’s just say we’ll finally have a TUF cast that more closely reflects this great nation. I’m not going to go the hack-black-comic route and list the ways that the house will run differently as a result, but maybe the coaches’ challenge will be a furious game of click-clack.

— Whichever team Kimbo ends up on will be "Team Kimbo," not "Team Rampage" or "Team Rashad." Sorry, but the shirts are already made.

— Over/under on the number of terrified TUF castmembers who have to utter the words "chill dawg" at some point: 6

We’ll talk more in the morning…

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Sho Nuff- June 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm
Who else wishes there was a heavyweight Browning brother to throw into the mix? Some white trash douchebag from Dumbfuckey would just be the final ingredient to make this season legendary. Get drunk, throw around a few n-bombs in the house, tell Kimbo he's a joke... Sure, it won't be about the mma as much, but damn will I be there every episode with popcorn and soda.
Cathedron- June 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Kinda good news. Eric Poling (a local guy and cousin of a friend of mine) is supposed to be in this season and he's pretty good. It would be nice to see him kick Kimbo's ass.

I love how everyone is a "hater" for simply pointing out that Kimbo has almost no experience and is only capable of putting up a good fight against old people and fat guys they pulled in off the street. I've seen all his fights. Entertaining (like a car wreck), but he's really going to have to work his ass off to even stand a chance in TUF. His boxing technique is weak, his footwork is sloppy, his chin might be suspect, and he has no ground game of any kind. He sounds serious about MMA, but he's going to have to improve dramatically or get Petruzelli'd all over again by a bunch of no-name fighters.
831 Son- June 2, 2009 at 11:20 am
This is an awesome idea. Fuck you haters. Kimbo will rock a couple domes.
Bare Grappler- June 2, 2009 at 9:49 am
@ Goog

Sure he is on the show more for his celebrity, but the other fighters are not proven entities. Kimbo is 3-1 in lower organizations. Amir Sadollah was 0-0 before he won TUF. He had to win a 32 man tourny that season. 3-1 is good enough to get you in the show.
Bare Grappler- June 2, 2009 at 9:08 am
Very win/win/win for the UFC. TUF is about no names so I don't agree with you guys saying this is a freakshow. All the other guys in the house we have never heard of are put in there and it doesn't matter what they have done before, it is who wins the tournament. Quit hating on what is a great idea.

If Kimbo wins it's legitimate PPV to put him on there for at least a couple fights.

If Kimbo loses it's just another feather in the cap of the UFC as the big leagues.

@ Ben---Quit listening to NPR Ben. A TUF Cast that reflects our nation? Only 12% of the United States is black. There are at least 2 of the 16 on TUF right now that are black which makes it at least 12%. God, everyone buys into everything Nancy Pelosi and MSNBC sells you. You're better than that.
the glza- June 2, 2009 at 7:43 am
fo realz dawg?!

rofl @ Phenylalanine

gonna be a great season to watch... i wish kevin all the best -- work hard and do your best, kimbo -- you can achieve your dreams!
Old_Bald_and_Irish- June 2, 2009 at 7:26 am
I'm right here, KCIAC! Good to see ya post. I haven't seen ya around for a while.


"You have to assume that the UFC is hoping Slice will go on a win streak so they can put him against Lesnar in a monumental, world-altering pay-per-view event."

Easy there, fella...let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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.
Goog- June 2, 2009 at 7:21 am
Worst... fucking... idea... ever.

I liked Dana till this ratings-whore move. And WTF with you guys giving Kimbo all this credit? He has nowhere else to go and like the __ he is, just wants to cash in quick. He's not some kind of hero for "taking a pay cut". What the fuck?!?!? I was already completely turned off by the Jackson/Evans idea. This fucking blows. And it's just becoming pro-wrestling. I'd be willing to wager the fights are very strategically timed and spread out so that the big monkey doesn't get cast off in the 2nd episode. They'll milk this shit for all it's worth [which in my opinion is nothing].

Horrible fucking move. I'd rather go watch guys fight at my local YMCA. I don't know that bringing Lashley in could possibly make it worse, but it certainly doesn't stand to improve anything. Forrest Griffin made his name by being nobody and becoming a good fighter. This celebrity bullshit of having name recognition and deciding to fight is no different than Jose Conseco. Fuck... bring him in. And Danny Bonaduce.
T1- June 2, 2009 at 7:21 am
but learns a good life lesson, and thus becomes the bigger "winner"
terrence- June 2, 2009 at 7:14 am
if a great champ like kimbo (lol) can be so humble to go onto tuf, why won't fedor?
Swedish- June 2, 2009 at 6:55 am
Kimbo is not a real fighter and he will never make it through 2-3 legit HWs.

I predict a loss in the first fight and then just a shit show of Kimbo acting like a monkey.
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- June 2, 2009 at 6:52 am
You're fucking stupid as hell if you EVER in a million years think you'll ever see Brock vs. Kimbo.

If a Seth Petruzelli off balance jab dropped Mr. Ferguson, what do you think one of Lesnar's lunchbox sized fists will do?
LaRgEArGe- June 2, 2009 at 6:39 am
Wow- possible Kimbo vs. Brock in the future...
straight face-tim sylvia vs fedor- June 2, 2009 at 6:35 am
you see where this is going? regardless of TUF outcome, money says he's fighting brock in a year.

and comically, fedor haters will continue to use the phrase, "fedor needs to come over to the UFC to prove himself in the heavyweight division".

dont be a douche nugget.
Fucklord- June 2, 2009 at 6:20 am
If he has to fight to get onto the show hes not gonna make it
Soup Sandwich Server- June 2, 2009 at 6:11 am
Kimbo never claimed to be anything, it's good to see him taking a "fresh start" sort of approach to MMA.

Will the season 10 fighter house have a backyard???

Man, Kimbo + UFC = _____________?

Fedor fans must be pissed that Kimbo has only made 3 moves in MMA & is already a bigger name in North America! lol

Say what you will about Kimbo, but at least he don't hang with a child molester (that weird priest), or Jerry Milan!!!

If Lashley shows up.... oh man, I can see it now....

Kimbo will be in the backyard with Rampage BBQ'n chicken & shootin ceelo with some O.E. talkin how Bobby is "white washed"... when all of a sudden BOOM!!! Lashley blinds Kimbo with a cloud of green kool-aid mix (black folks would NOT waste grape) & then rocks him with a steal chair!

Should make for some interesting TV thats for sure! But they should end TUF after this season, 10 is eNUF of TUF
Dmonicideals- June 2, 2009 at 5:57 am
I predict Kimbo loses in the finale.
Crap Factory- June 2, 2009 at 5:49 am
Dana probably saw the light and realized it's not just about the "best of the best" and more about "how much money can I stuff in my pocket." Good for Kimbo, good for Dana, good for ratings.

mayhem- June 2, 2009 at 5:45 am
Oh man you have to be kidding me???
This is a joke right? Nooo.... he cant be.... this is too funny!!! lol
Akilleez- June 2, 2009 at 5:12 am
this is the greatest news i've ever head ever
BuckWild- June 2, 2009 at 5:10 am
I think DW was playing into the black on black crime theme for sure! It would be cool if Lashley was in it too but that would be like spending the whole wad at once! Not sure that would be a good business move. But it would make for an awesome final season. They could never live up to it again.
johnny5000- June 2, 2009 at 5:05 am
Wow this will be interesting win or lose he will fight in the UFC as have other popular losers from the show not saying he will lose but its just a point. I always thought the guy had a good chance to be a good mma fighter if he rounded out his game with some wresting and ground fighting i'll tune in to see this for sure.
Kirky- June 2, 2009 at 5:05 am
I used to think thegarv was pretty cool until I saw the last bit of that Kimbo video.
T1- June 2, 2009 at 4:50 am
I hope he goes onto Rampage's team, I just see too much of an ego clash from Rashad... although that would be even more ratings wouldn't it? DOH.


GONNA BE SOME BLACK ON BLACK ON BLACK CRIME YALL



Dana got his birthday wish, I don't know how this could backfire - short of a death on the set, or it not becoming the perfect storm of ratings, new sponsorships and an increased audience viewership.

Damn near checkmate ...
LukeTheDuke- June 2, 2009 at 4:15 am
I'm sorry but I gotta say...Touche, Kimbo. Classy work, this is gonna be great.
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