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As expected, last night’s Kimbo Slice/Roy Nelson fight drew a record-breaking audience to Spike TV’s “Ultimate Fighter.”  While the entire hour averaged 5.3 million viewers, the actual fight portion of the show pulled in, according to the press release sent out by Spike, “a staggering 6.1 million viewers” for what was a predictable and not terribly exciting one-sided victory for “Big Country.”  That pummeling now holds the distinction of being the most watched UFC fight ever on Spike TV, so it sounds like somebody really does owe Nelson a Double Whopper with cheese.  And God help you if he finds a pickle on there.

You might recall that Spike TV was thrilled when this season’s premiere garnered an average of 4.3 million viewers, making it the highest-rated original program in Spike TV history.  The fact that the episode where Kimbo actually fights (or at least the first such episode) smashed that record is probably sufficient evidence to put to rest our theory that this season’s inflated numbers are the result of Darrill “Titties” Schoonover’s fans tuning in en masse.

By comparison, last night’s episode of “The Jay Leno Show “ drew 6.62 million viewers.  Granted, that show kind of sucks, but it sucks on network TV, meaning it has a much larger possible audience to suck in front of.  The question now is, with Kimbo eliminated from the competition (at least until Dana White pays Tiki Ghosn a cool 40 bucks to back his Ford Escort over Marcus Jones’ knee in order to create a Kimbo-shaped opening in the lineup), will the numbers fall off a cliff?  Or are these new fans going to stick around to see what becomes of this Nelson guy? 

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Bootylam- October 5, 2009 at 10:32 am
What's all this shit about being "impressive"? It's the first fight he has and he's supposed to go hog wild? I actually was impressed at how easy and nonchalant Roy acted, as in he didn't need to go big to win, he humiliated Kimbo by not even really needing to smash him. He could have gone off, but he's like "Look how easy this is, I can do this all day."
dbiggles- October 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm
I agree fight fan it just confuses me that guys with 10 times the skill of me or anybody on this site they would not try to escape baffling
ArmFarmer- October 2, 2009 at 10:21 am
@fight fan

I read it wrong, my bad. Totally agree that while he wouldn't have gotten out anyway he could have at least tried, there was absolutely no effort to bridge or scramble. He did well when he could get his feet on the fence, but you don't have to have the fence there to do the same thing, just use the ground. You'd think he'd have figured that out by now.. then again rampage is his coach.
Fight Fan- October 2, 2009 at 8:43 am
And Biggles,

If you're faced with a) losing the fight due to stoppage, and b) "wearing your ass out", whomever would choose "a" is retarded.
831 Son- October 2, 2009 at 8:42 am
Roy Nelson's performance wasn't impressive whatsoever. I do agree it was a smart move on Roys part to try and end it on the ground, in a lock where Kimbo couldn't move, but it just wasn't impressive. I already knew Kimbo has shitty ground game, and Roy just exploited with the same exact move, for the whole fight. Kimbo won the stand up for sure, but got fucking owned on the ground. Roy is a fat fucking faggot for thinking hes such a badass though for beating someone with absolutely no ground game. What a tool. And Roy shouldn't even be on the show in the first place, that fat bitch should be in the UFC already.
Fight Fan- October 2, 2009 at 8:40 am
@ Farmer

Actually, the fight went exactly how I thought it would...with Nelson ending it on the ground. And for the record, I said he was stupid, not that the fight was a fix.

Lastly, I never said that Kimbo, nor I for that matter, could get out of that crucifix. I said he should have naturally tried to bridge and/or buck, which he never attempted.
Lateral Drop- October 2, 2009 at 8:37 am
When will people understand that it doesn't matter how much you bench press, power is generated from knee to core. All those big muscles Kimbo has do nothing but slow him down and use up gas.

@ Fight Fan It's also instinct to land on your stomach when you're going down and give up your back. I don't know why he wouldn't bridge up though.

Did anyone else ever see Joe Stevenson crucify Marcus Davis? The thing works, and Kimbo wasn't getting out of it.
Ted Nutmeg- October 2, 2009 at 8:33 am
Maybe Tiki Ghosn drives a Ford Escort because it still gets great gas mileage and it's paid for and he's secure enough in who he is that he doesn't need to be rolling around in some hot shit new car, endlessly chipping away at a $400 a month car payment just so CagePotato will think he's cool, assholes.
dbiggles- October 2, 2009 at 8:22 am
if you have ever rolled with top level guys bucking, and writhing around on the ground will do nothing but wear your ass out. I have had 185 pounders in side mount that were immovable, and im 240 all im saying there are different levels of grapplers and until you experience it. just saying you would, or could escape is total bullshit.
ArmFarmer- October 2, 2009 at 8:09 am
I am getting more and more sick of a fight not going how someone thinks it should.. or how they would have liked it to.. and calling it a work. I'm going to ask the same question I asked when Silva beat Forrest and when Seth beat Kimbo.. who stands to gain from a fix? What purpose would that serve.. besides putting their big money maker out of the picture? A fix for kimbo to win.. that I could believe.. but this was no fix. I don't think think kimbo is the one that's retarded here fellas..
nuclearblast- October 2, 2009 at 7:55 am
Improving position ??

LOL the crucifix position is already the best position. Transition from mount to crucifix was perfect...very rare.

Roy couldve beat him bad if he wanted to...but he's a BJJ master and he did what he needed to end the fight.

That kind of ending is a TKO victory but it's in fact a submission....and no one complain when the fight end via submission even if there's no broken bones.

Da Spied Her- October 2, 2009 at 7:37 am
I agree with Fight Fan. Also, who throws a knee when you're going backwards? That's retarded!
Gargoroth- October 2, 2009 at 7:30 am
Rigged, obviously rigged. Kimbo could have yanked that right arm out of that half assed crucifix. Just need to get more viewers is all, we know Kimbo fights in the finale already so eat a dick all you Kimbo haters, Roy is a big fat waste of flesh. Kimbo threw the fight on purpose no question.
Fight Fan- October 2, 2009 at 7:06 am
Ok. I'm convinced Kimbo is retarded. Isn't it natural instinct to plant your feet and buck when you're crucifixed like that, or is that something only a ground-game master would know?

Similarly, when someone trips you and you're going down, is it instinct and basic reaction that tells you to put your hands out in front of you to cushion the fall, or is that something that needs to be taught? The way he goes limp on the ground points to retardation or fix. I say the former.
MaxTheLimit- October 2, 2009 at 7:03 am
I'm of the belief that Big Country did dominate that fight. However, I am really upset about how the fight went and how is was stopped. Kimbo lost, and lost bad. However, just sitting in the crucifix and rolling out little bump punches that do no damage, and have no real impact on the fight is only a minuscule step above just laying on top of of a guy without improving position. In cases like that the fighters would be stood up, wouldn't they?
I admit I am no expert, but if big country is just sitting on Kimbo, not improving position, and not inflicting significant damage, shouldn't they be stood up?
At least that way Big Country would win via ring control and takedowns rather than tapping guys on the head while he smothers them with his stomach.
Kimbo has no better takedown defense than ground game. At least if they got stood up a couple times then at least the fight would have been won via some legitimate fighting, over the 'well this is not going anywhere' stoppage.
ArmFarmer- October 2, 2009 at 6:25 am

Dude give me a break.. kimbo being on the ultimate fighter isn't going to bring about mma armagedon. It's really not a big deal at all. There are so many things wrong with your post I don't even know where to begin. For one thing, kimbo's thugishness is practically nonexistent on this show. He hasn't done a single thing that was low class, trashy, ghetto, or whatever. He's conducting himself very well. Also, even if he was you act like it's something that's never happened before. Like nate diaz, melvin guillard, and junie browning never existed. I guess you've never heard of tank abbot.. or the first 5 or 10 ufc's that completely lacked technique and skill? This is nothing new, it's tame compared to some of the other things that have gone down with ufc.

Plus.. how is it bad for the sport if the worlds most infamous and feared street fighter gets an opportunity to train and compete with up and comers on a reality show and gets exposed and gets his ass handed to him by an unintimidating overweight white guy? All that does is prove to the world that a strong scrapppy streetfighter can't compete with legitimate mixed martial artists.. that's good for the sport. If the guys who are just brawlers with no technique were winning all the time then it would be bad for the sport, but they will get pounded out (see above gif) by the technical fighters so.. no harm no foul.
J-Dog- October 2, 2009 at 6:13 am
There needs to be a 230 lbs class called "Heavyweight" and have the 265'ers be "Super Heavyweight". I think Roy would get owned against lean 265-ers like Cock Chestner.
Clyde- October 2, 2009 at 5:19 am
Dull fight.

There was no damage being done really so I'm not impressed with the win. And while kimbo wasn't hurt, just think of the damage some of the big wrestlers would be able to do to him once they got him down. Lesnar would be putting dents in your skull from that crucifix position. Just thought you should know Kimbo, this probably won't be the last time this happens, and it probably won't be the worst either.
ArmFarmer- October 2, 2009 at 4:09 am
Why are so many people getting so defensive for roy.. I read some of these comments and they make it sound like everyones attacking roy trying to take away from his win or saying he only won cause he's fat.. then I scroll up and I don't see a single negative comment towards roy. Wtf are you guys talking about?? lol
jdam777- October 2, 2009 at 1:00 am
I got hooked on MMA for one reason. I instantly had a great deal of respect for the participants in the sport. It was true combat… Two highly skilled warriors in the cage. Bringing years of sweat, study and knowledge in the martial arts to fans across the globe.
Two individuals that had such an impressive journey in their given discipline, they earned the right to engage in combat for the masses. Well, thanks to this season of TUF, that prestige is gone.

If you are an un-disciplined and untrained thug “The UFC is hiring!”

Every MMA fan and fighter should be very concerned about what we are seeing take place with Dana White and the UFC. Up until now the organization stood for Discipline and the promotion of highly trained Martial Artists. The Introduction of Kimbo and all the hype over this street thug with zero martial arts training, we are witnessing the plunge of this respected organization into the gutter alongside the WWE. I sit here stunned to see what is going on with this Kimbo. The UFC lost a lot of respect last night in my opinion. They dedicate an entire show and maybe this whole series to a clown that can t fight, has zero martial arts training, and can’t wrestle his way out of a wet paper bag! Amazing!!! Hell, a fat boy threw his ass to the matt and took him out. What do you think some real talent likes Lesner or Mir would do to him? I hate to think…..
After what I saw last night, I just can’t believe Dana White is putting so much exposer on this one- hit- wonder. Yes Kimbo looked sad last night… In fact, really sad
Kimbo Is Crap- October 2, 2009 at 12:47 am
Roy Nelson has had a legit chin since IFL. he may have been rocked by some hooks, but thats what happens when you get a shot in the face. Its MMA, people get punched in the face.

But to say his ground and pound was weak i just wanna say let somone you know get you in a crusifix side mount and let them punch your "fronthead" 40 times for a minute then another 20+ times two minutes later and let me know if you are done or not. bruce lee was a lightweight and crazy power from a 1 inch punch. think about a dude that weights 264 punching from six inches and putting some weight behind it.

Just because Nelson has a Big Country Belly doesnt mean he doesnt have gas or power. keep hateing cause the big belly white dude banged out the jacked brown man.
oc in this bitch- October 2, 2009 at 12:31 am
nice roy way to show them how its done.anyone who thought it wouldve ended up different obviously doesnt know big country.kimbo stood no chance what so ever he couldve hit roy 100 times square in the jaw and still 0%.anyone who knows even a lil about mma knew it was going down this way.dont hate on roy hes bonafide tried and true warrior.its awrap roy wins the show hands down all those other guys are clown shoes. the only one really left is bad brad and we all know he aint shit.boringest fights ever.
Debacle- October 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm
I agree with mtsg. He completely dominated Frank Mir in Grappler's Quest, and his control is through positioning and technique. He really knows how to athletically use his excess ass. And the position he sought is also known as the beatdown position and nobody talked shit when a bigger Hughes used it to finsh BJ. He should have thrown a couple elbows to make it look more brutal or open a cut, because it is hard to keep complete control there and throw a punch.
Damage control. Roys fought once and still fresh and ready.
Debacle- October 1, 2009 at 10:38 pm
JSP and Olsoskey rule! And I also define luck as accomplishing what you intended to do.
albertov12- October 1, 2009 at 9:28 pm
I was not going to comment, but I just had to. Roy he pretty good fighter, I like Kimbo he is great for the sport, bringing in new fan it always a great thing. I wanted people to under stand, this season is all about heavy weight, people who are going to give brock the monster a fight, Roy will not be that guy, Kimbo has a better chances standing, will problably never beat brock in a fight because at any given time brock can get the take down, and put a hurting on him. But if he try to stand, by the luck of god can get a lucky punch in. Yes it hard to say Kimbo has to win with a lucky punch, but I will say this, I love Matt Serra but he JSP with a lucky punch, brock in the last fight a lucky punch to beat Coutour, Hey even Frank got a luck win over Brock, it not really 100% luck but some, you make a mistake and you can lose. But never the least Kimbo is in great shape and if any body was looking at the fight, Roy didn't want to stand and bang with him. Give Kimbo a chances to train in some wrestling with some of the great like Coutour and some Olympic wrestler and you will see Kimbo show the UFC some good fight, Please don't take anything away from Kimbo god given gift the man can punch, he has power to knock people out, even all of us loved Andrea Olsoskey but we see him now getting KO by every one he fight...LOL Sorry Andrea now more russian rulet..