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Sometimes mainstream pop culture is just a tad slow when it comes to keeping up with trends. A little less than a month after his image-shattering loss to Seth Petruzelli, which was followed by the demise of EliteXC, and this week Kimbo Slice‘s name is on everybody’s lips. First it was Tracy Morgan on Conan O’Brien, then Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, and then PTI’s Michael Wilbon dressed up as him for Halloween.

Oh, the cruel irony of it all. Has Kimbo been elevated to true celebrity status due to his mainstream exposure, or is he merely the pop culture joke of the week? At this rate he’s nearing Joe the Plumber status, or that ‘Leave Britney Alone’ guy (that was a guy, right?). Kimbo better hope it lasts long enough to sign a new contract.

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james c- November 2, 2008 at 3:04 am
um uh maybe fedor
Tillz- November 1, 2008 at 5:05 pm
@boink I don't recall passing out any twix bars to kids claiming to be Brock this year. However, there were on or two Kimbo's and boatload of generics who called themselves "UFC" or wrestlers and a Bruce Lee.

@hooligun that wasn't what the post was about. Kimbo is marketable way beyond any of the guys you mentioned, but by all means he can't whoop any of them.

@Zee German I don't think there are any runner ups, actually Herb Dean may be the runner up. Black polo, black slacks, surgical gloves, dreadlocks. There you have it our runner up.
Zee German- November 1, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Would be esayer to pick a guy who can't beat him right now.

Kimbos looks are responsible for his qualities in terms of marketability - pretty much from day one. And we all knew that. At some point he was just scaring the shit out of people only because he looks like a bad, bad dude.
And of course that works pretty good in the costume-section. Imagine somebody shows up at your halloween party dressed up as Randy Couture or Dan Henderson....just not happening. Black, giant beard, golden rims, stupid cornrowed monk-styled hairdo = Kimbo. Easy.
My question: Who is number 2, 3, 4, and 5 in that ranking?
I'd go with Chuck Liddell (beard, mohawk, tatooed side of the head),
Lesnar (blonde redneck hairstyle, massive neck and THAT tatoo),
Rampage (black, huge chain, flashing mouthpiece all the time),
and either Gina (you basically just need to have boobs, a fighting outfit and someone who claims to be your dad and/or Jared Shaw and sneaks at your cleavage all the time), Tito (bleached hair, Punishment shirt, porn star sidekick) or Tim Sylvia (be huge and wear your belt at all the wrong occasions).
So is it safe to state that the more qualified a fighter is to earn success in the Halloween costume departement the more popular he will get? I fear so.
WAR BONG- October 31, 2008 at 11:58 pm
if Rashad Evans was queer then Chuck Liddell would be at least equally as marketable as Sleepy Slice.

Kimbo Papercut...yeahhhhhhh...WARRRR PAPERCUT!
boink- October 31, 2008 at 11:18 pm
i think lesnar will match his marketability
hooligun- October 31, 2008 at 10:04 pm
Howabout 1 guy that tops him? Take your pick, Anderson Silva, GSP, Randy, BJ Penn, Fedor, Forrest Griffin hell even that asshole Lesnar!
Tillz- October 31, 2008 at 4:52 pm
Kimbo Slice is the most marketable person in MMA right now. Give me 5 guys that can match him.