30 Sep 2009 10:50:19 AM
(In the sculpted chest hair battle, it’s already Kimbo: 1, Roy Nelson: 0)
If you were surprised how quickly Dana White changed his attitude about Kimbo Slice once the opportunity for the UFC to make money off the internet-brawler-turned-bread-getter presented itself, then congratulations, you have only just now discovered the sport of MMA, the UFC, and the business of fight promotion. Welcome, we’re glad to have you. Those of us who have been following this stuff in general, and Dana White specifically, saw this change of heart coming.
But over at Yahoo! Sports, Kevin Iole seems blown away by what he refers to as a “double standard” in the way the UFC is hyping Kimbo Slice. Iole criticizes the UFC’s use of Slice for “exhibiting much the same behavior that Elite XC and promoter Gary Shaw were so roundly criticized for,” and also calls out White for giving Kimbo at least one more fight in the UFC after the show concludes, “regardless of the outcome of the show.”
On the surface, this seems like a valid criticism. White used to say that the only way Kimbo would get in the UFC was to win a season of TUF. Now it seems like it was enough just to show up. But there’s still no comparison between how EliteXC pushed Slice and how the UFC is doing it.