(Kimbo, if the diet plan includes cocaine, cigarettes, and vomiting, it’s possible that you may be getting weight cutting advice from the wrong people.)
As the only fighter from season ten of "The Ultimate Fighter" to get a spot on the finale without winning a single fight in the tournament, you might think Kimbo Slice would be stoked simply to be getting the opportunity to show what he can do. Considering the fact that he’s a heavyweight who is being handed a custom-made catchweight bout with a non-grappler from the weight class below his, you might even expect him to be damn near chipper about the whole thing. You’d be wrong.
On a media conference call to discuss this weekend’s finale fights, Slice revealed that he’s been struggling to make the roughly twenty-pound weight cut. Though he only has to get down to 215 pounds, Slice said that so far the pound-shedding experience has been "not good," adding that the struggle has left him "moody" and generally mentally distressed.
Fair enough, right? Twenty pounds isn’t a huge cut for a heavyweight — hell, there are welterweights who drop thirty pounds from smaller frames — but if you’ve never done it before, cutting weight can really get you down. At least he had the experience of the American Top Team boys behind him, though. Thiago Alves trains there, and he goes from 205 down to 170 for his fights.
Only Slice doesn’t sound particularly thrilled with how things have been going at ATT. When asked about his training experience there, he said only, "For what it’s worth, I guess it’s okay."
Sounds like someone is being a real Negative Nancy about this whole thing. Dammit Kimbo, the UFC is doing everything they can to make you at least a temporary success. They brought back Houston Alexander specifically to suit your needs, and they even talked him into fighting out of his weight class. If you can find something to complain about there, maybe you should think about what would have happened if the UFC had actually asked you to fight a guy your own size with a ground game.
Better yet, think about where you’d be if the UFC left you to the same fate as the other guys who lost in the first round of the show. Something tells me Demico Rogers would trade places with you in a heartbeat.