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Seth ‘The Kimbo Killer’ Petruzelli to Make UFC Return Next Month


Seth Petruzelli (12-4, 0-2 UFC) — who became notorious in 2008 for knocking out Kimbo Slice in 14 seconds, then doing a radio interview where he appeared to suggest he was paid to keep the fight standing, which pretty much led to the demise of EliteXC — is returning to the Octagon. The Silverback announced the news on his Twitter page earlier today, confirming that he will compete at UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin (July 3, Las Vegas) against new UFC acquisition Ricardo Romero. Petruzelli has only competed twice since his unexpected KO of the Miami Pound Machine, most recently submitting Ryan White last month at BAMMA 3 in Birmingham, England, a fight which he has still not been paid for.

Petruzelli’s relationship with the UFC first began in 2005, when he was a contestant on TUF 2, eventually being eliminated by Brad Imes in the heavyweight semi-finals. Following the show, Petruzelli dropped consecutive fights to Matt Hamill and Wilson Gouveia as a light-heavyweight before being officially released by the UFC in 2007. Since then, he’s racked up four straight wins by first-round stoppage, opened a Smoothie King franchise as well as his own MMA gym, and was walked on a leash by Tom Lawlor at UFC 100. If that isn’t a resume worthy of a second chance, we don’t know what one is.  

After the jump: UFC 116′s full lineup, and a picture of Seth and Tom that you’ll probably wish you hadn’t seen.

Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin (for undisputed heavyweight title)
Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (MW)
Chris Lytle vs. Matt Brown (WW)
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar (LHW)
George Sotiropoulos vs. Kurt Pellegrino (LW)

Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer (HW)
Kendall Grove vs. Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola (HW)
Seth Petruzelli vs. Ricardo Romero (LHW)

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fightfan- June 6, 2010 at 3:40 am
Allright Seth....

I recall the last time you had "BIG NEWS" you said you had joined ACME's mma's Senior division to "fight" The world's most dangerous elderly man.

What ever happened to that fight with Shamrock?? Oh yeah that "huge fight" never happened.

What will be the next fight announced? That you signed to fight one of the "Dudesons" in Iceland??

Seth, there is the UFC.....and then there are the Dollar Stores of mma

str8ahead7- June 5, 2010 at 9:51 am
Romero is going to smash Seth. I've trained with Ricardo a number of times when I was living in Jersey. He's an absolute beast. He's really calculated, has a lot of regional pro experience. He won't be rushing anything or doing anything stupid in the standup. He will dominate Seth the moment he gets a takedown.
justscrappin- June 5, 2010 at 9:20 am
Tom was super impressed that with the help of a little baby oil...Seth was able to milk the prostate from the front!
ccman- June 5, 2010 at 7:59 am
Kimbos management team are gonna mug him for smoothies on the way to the ring anyway "kna wa I'm sayin seff?"
2DaDeath- June 4, 2010 at 7:53 pm
All the way on the bottom of the card, lol! But i'd be lying if i said i wasn't interested in this fight.
fatbellyfrank- June 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm
Ya gotta love these guys, but Tommy, for fucks sake man you gots to win yer next fight or yer walkin
Joedirt- June 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm
Bare Grappler.... how about Seth vs Cockchest? haha.... Carwin postpones fight last minute cuz his full time job requires him for overtime on the weekend (which pays more than the UFC) so he can't make it.... Seth steps up... punches Brock in his secret weak spot... the balls of the tattoo and takes the title.. at 14 seconds.
Bare Grappler- June 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm
oh please be a cut on Lesnar right after the weigh-in......then we can have Petruzelli vs Carwin! The legend continues.....The white American Minowaman!
fatbellyfrank- June 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm
@Slampage, unneccessary grammer check, BE is thataway>>>>>
blackboxmma- June 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm
I thought he was gay? Not that it matters with his killer jab.
sPeLLcHeCkEr- June 4, 2010 at 2:32 pm
Matt Hughes thought Tom Lawlor was slippery too.
VisitingDeadAncestors- June 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm
lol @ Viva for remembering Val Venis...

"Helloooo Ladieees!"
Slampage- June 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm
"Petruzelli has only competed twice since his unexpected KO of the Miami Pound Machine, most recently submitting Ryan White last month at BAMMA 3 in Birmingham, England, a fight which he has still not been paid for."

Way to end a sentence in a preposition.
DazedNConfused- June 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm
I still hope Reljic wins though. Dudes got some potential!
I might be Serbian, but I still gotta give all these Croats some respect! it's close enough.
DazedNConfused- June 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm
Iunno, Kendall's last fight against Mark Munoz was very exciting. He almost finished him a couple times. Fights like that are almost like wins. Plus he also has the whole "I was on the ultimate fighter" thing going on.

I say if Grove keeps giving good fights keep him. He seems to be getting better, and it's never a bad thing to have an exciting gatekeeper around.

It's just like Stephan Bonner who also happens to be fighting- even on the main card :|...
Levi Jones- June 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm
OMG! That's so funny... because they're being homosexual, right? I hope that's why it's funny. I'm no good at this subtle humor stuff.
blackboxmma- June 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm
Is his name Silverback or Brokeback.
my_jits_make_you_quits- June 4, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Kinda off subject, but this is a must win for Kendall Grove, right? I mean, he's been knocked down to the undercard and all...
frndlylion- June 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm
lol @ Viva Hate
DazedNConfused- June 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm
haha fuck it, I find them funny. Seth is actually a pretty good fighter. I hope he does well in the UFC and gets up to the main events.
Viva Hate- June 4, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Seth, you aren't doing it, if youa re going to give a handy, cup the ballls.......CUP THE BALLS! From what I have heard I mean, I am just sayin.
cecils_pupils- June 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm
They b tryin to make splooge donation money on da side...
Viva Hate- June 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm
Okay I am sick of Tom Lawlor, now he is doing a week ass Val Venis impression.