("Which hand’s the penny in, motherfucker? WHICH HAND?!?")
From nwitimes.com via MMA Junkie:
Several published reports have surfaced in recent weeks indicating [Kevin "Kimbo Slice
"] Ferguson will take on light heavyweight striker Houston Alexander
sometime after the conclusion of [TUF's] 10th season. The Times has learned from a source close to the Alexander camp that the fight has indeed been agreed to and that it will be contested at a special heavyweight catch weight of 215 pounds
on "The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale" on Dec. 5 at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas.
According to the source, the fight was originally going to take place at light heavyweight. But Ferguson, the source said, is not able to make the drop to 205 pounds, and the two fighters agreed to the bout at 215 pounds. Ferguson weighed in at 230 pounds for his fight with Nelson on the show, which was filmed over the summer. And on a media conference call two days before that episode aired, he said he was then just short of 235 pounds.
For several weeks, previews for upcoming episodes of the UFC’s Spike TV reality series teased to Ferguson maybe getting another crack after his loss to Nelson, perhaps subbing in for an injured teammate. It hasn’t happened, and with just one more first-round fight left, airing on Wednesday, that likelihood is slim.
Well that of course assumes that Kimbo wouldn’t be chosen as an injury replacement during the quarterfinal round, and I don’t see why he wouldn’t be, considering the season was basically created around him. But even if he does come back in to bang again, the fact that he’s fighting Houston Alexander at the TUF 10 finale suggests that he probably lost that hypothetical fight as well.
So anyway, not only does Kimbo get the most ideal style matchup in Houston Alexander, he also doesn’t have to kill himself trying to cut 25 pounds for the fight — another generous advantage for the Miami Pound Machine. But since he’ll be cutting weight for the first time in his life, some pundits remain skeptical. Barrett Hooper of FiveOuncesofPain with the verbal assault:
I’m not sure he’ll even be able to cut 15 pounds. Let me rephrase that: I don’t know if Slice has the discipline needed to cut 15 pounds, that he has the mental fortitude required to curb his diet, to push away from the dinner table, to starve and dehydrate and sweat in those final days and hours before the weigh-in. For most fighters 15 pounds is a cakewalk, a few hours in a sauna wearing a sweatsuit. But Slice isn’t most fighters. He’s never had to cut weight before, so who can say how he will handle it?
Ouch. You hear that, Kimbo? Here’s your chance to shut up all the haters and prove that you’re a real fighter. I know, TUF 10 was supposed to be your chance to shut up all the haters and prove that you’re a real fighter, but that obviously didn’t work out so well, so this catchweight fight against Houston Alexander is really, for real, your very last chance to shut up all the haters and prove that you’re a real fighter. Make us proud, buddy.