So last night on “The Ultimate Fighter,” internet sensation Kimbo Slice made his highly anticipated debut. He lost to former IFL heavyweight champ Roy “Big Country” Nelson in a second-round stoppage.
Basically Nelson weathered a few huge punches from Slice, got him on his back and laid on top of him while giving him some love taps. Slice, who has virtually no experience fighting from the mat, couldn’t get up or really do any work from his back. Eventually referee Herb Dean stopped the fight and looked disgusted by the performance of both fighters.
On his feet, Slice was impressive, rattling Nelson with some incredibly hard punches. In fact, he may have been close to putting Nelson down early in the second round, but he made a rookie mistake and went for a knee lift while being pushed backwards and ended up on the mat.
Today, virtually every expert is saying that Nelson had the disappointing performance. He basically took Kimbo down, laid on top of him and did just enough work to not be ordered to stand back up.
Some people are saying Kimbo is just a freakshow and good-riddance to him, but clearly the guy has incredible punching power. That can’t be taught. I’m not saying he can be molded into a Brazilian jujitsu master, but if he can learn enough to get off the mat when he’s taken down, he could be a very dangerous fighter.
The UFC has already (allegedly) signed him to a contract, so we should probably assume that this loss hasn’t eliminated him from the Ultimate Fighter competition. He showed enough that if someone gets injured or leaves the house, he’ll definitely be invited back. The show was filmed several months ago, so this has all already happened.
But here’s the larger point: Who cares if he lost?
That was the biggest fight in the history of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Any time Slice comes out to fight in the UFC people will watch because they’ll be curious to see how he does. Even if he never becomes a championship-level guy, Kimbo has the potential to produce spectacular knockouts. Translation: He has the potential to liven up the middle of the often boring UFC fight cards.
Bring him in and let’s see what he can do on a consistent basis. Dana White would be foolish not to. The guy is 35-years-old, he wont be around much longer, so this is the time to jump on his popularity and ride it out.