(Kimbo training with Gabe Ruediger, who must have told Slice about what a great time he had on TUF)
Last time I checked, it’s not April’s Fools Day so I guess that means this isn’t a joke: Kimbo Slice is going to be a contestant on the next season of TUF:
The UFC president has repeatedly insisted he would not allow Slice to compete in the UFC unless he won his way onto the show by competing on “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Slice has called White’s bluff and will appear on Season 10 of the highly rated Spike TV series, White has confirmed. Fighters live in the same house and train together, and then fight during the show in a bid to earn a UFC contract.
His appearance, along with that of former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans as coaches, should guarantee massive ratings.
“It should be interesting, given some of the things I’ve said about him,” White said.
We’ve thrown a lot of shit Kimbo’s way for tucking tail and running from MMA the moment it got hard. If this doesn’t turn out to be a desperation move after a falling out with Gary Shaw (who holds the keys to Slice’s backup boxing career), we’re gonna have to apologize for all that.
Regardless of the reason, Kimbo going on TUF takes some serious stones … you saw last week the kind of manufactured drama Dana White can weave with the whole Jason Pierce / Frank Lester situation. And let’s not forget that the show’s editors can pretty much crucify you several times over if they decide to. If Dana and the gang wrap up season 10 and decide they can’t make any money off Kimbo Slice the fighter, they’re going to sell Kimbo Slice the joke instead.