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Kimbo to Try Hand at Boxing

Kimbo Slice has already been kicked out of MMA because he sucked so badly at it — why not give boxing a try?  Kimbo already said he thinks boxing is easier than MMA, so I’m glad we get to see him put his money where his mouth is.  Unless he plans on working with Mr. Miyagi and taking a few trips to the dojo, this would appear to be the street fighter’s last shot at proving he can win an organized fight and isn’t just a juice-head who pays people to take a beating from him.

I feel like a baby all over again,” said the 36-year-old Florida resident. “I’m thinking about this at night. I’m gonna be a problem in the heavyweight division. I’m going to be coming in with a bad demeanor. I want to see what it’s like to break some ribs, break a jaw with one punch.”

You’d have to ask James Toney if you want to know if boxing is truly easier than MMA.  I have no idea if that’s the case, but I think Kimbo will be able to win a good amount of boxing matches for a few reasons.  For one, he simply has a better chance at landing a knockout punch.  Also, it’s not necessary to master as many disciplines in order to be successful in boxing.  And most importantly, he’ll be given a better shot at being matched up against bums.

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Fraud Kimbo Slice Cut from UFC by Dana White After Loss to Matt Mitrione

Have you ever seen a team perform so poorly that you said they should be demoted from a league or contracted as a franchise? The Pittsburgh Pirates definitely come to mind, as have the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately in most professional sports leagues nothing that drastic can happen (unless it’s the British Premier League). But in UFC, President Dana White rules with an iron fist and calls all the shots. He rolls with so much power that he can just decide if he wants to cut a guy and kick him out of the league on a whim. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday night after UFC 113 in Montreal, only White had good reason to cut two fighters.

White, who once said that Kimbo Slice might lose to 44-year-old Ken Shamrock because Kimbo sucks, cut Slice after his poor performance against Matt Mitrione. Kimbo had some good takedowns but he seemed to tire quickly and he was thoroughly dominated in the second round. Mitrione crushed Kimbo with an arsenal of kicks that had Kimbo limping. Once the fighters got on the ground, Mitrione proceeded to play volleyball with Kimbo’s head until the fight was called a TKO. Even though White appreciates the ratings and drawing power of Kimbo, I’m sure he’s officially decided that Kimbo isn’t UFC material.

I’m surprised that White didn’t know better after Kimbo’s 14-second loss to Shamrock replacement, Seth Petruzelli. I’m guessing White did know better but he was probably convinced that the strong ratings was worth giving Kimbo a shot. The other fighter Dana White cut after UFC 113 was Paul Daley. Daley sucker-punched Josh Koscheck after their fight ended and White says “there’s no excuse for that.” White is definitely extreme in his measures but nobody will complain about cutting Daley. Some fans are already questioning the decision to cut Kimbo because of the ratings he draws. I say they should be proud that White is more concerned with his product.

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UFC 113 Post-Fight: Dana White Says Paul Daley and Kimbo Slice Are “Done” in the UFC [Bloody Elbow]
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Kimbo Slice Wants to Try Boxing Because It’s Easier Than MMA

Just as quickly as the name “Kimbo Slice” was vaulted into the consciousness of sports fans, the buzz surrounding the underground fighting legend dropped faster than the stock of Citigroup. It was said all along by people “in the know” that Slice was a fraud. He quickly proved that no less than a few fights into his professional MMA career, losing to Seth Petruzelli in 14 seconds. Well in case you were wondering what Kimbo’s been up to lately, he was in the Bahamas and gave an interview to his hometown newspaper. In that article, Kimbo partially blames the loss to Petruzelli on Ken Shamrock backing out of the fight at the last minute. Slice also says that he wants to move to boxing, essentially because MMA’s too hard:

“Boxing is one dimensional while there are a lot of dimensions in MMA. I don’t think it would be a hard transition from MMA to stand-up boxing because of my fighting style.

“Not taking anything away from boxing preparation, MMA training is extremely hard,” said Ferguson. “When you consider martial arts training, you have to prepare for kicks to the head and legs, and opponents wanting to grapple and throwing you to the ground, pounding you with their knees and hands, whereas in boxing you just have to be prepared to weave and bob although the training can be just as intense.”

Kimbo also added that another reason he prefers boxing to MMA is because the former allows someone to fight as frequently as they would like, whereas MMA requires six weeks in between bouts. Responding to Slice’s primary reason for changing sports, I think this is as strong of an indication as any that mixed martial arts is much more difficult than boxing. Boxing has the past, the tradition, the history, and likely won’t soon be losing it. What MMA helps determine is who is the best overall fighter in a ring where almost anything goes. Clearly Kimbo couldn’t keep up; he hadn’t been trained to.

Video: Kimbo Slice Knocked Out by Seth Petruzelli in 14 Seconds, Total Fraud

When Kimbo Slice busted onto the scene, I was skeptical about his success; I said immediately, despite my limited MMA knowledge, that he was being set up against easy opponents to rack up an impressive record. Looks like I was right, because Kimbo didn’t even last 15 seconds with Seth Petruzelli in their fight on Saturday night. Check out the video of the fight (if you can even call it that):

Here’s just the knockout (with a great call by Gus Johnson he’s hilarious!):

Here’s the fight including the entire buildup and ring entrances:

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I’m Guessing Norv Turner Doesn’t Approve of LT Training with Kimbo Slice

I was recently alerted to the new Nike ad campaign called “Train Like It” that features LaDainian Tomlinson rolling Knightrider-style to do outrageous training stunts with MMAer Kimbo Slice. This has to be a Nike campaign because there’s no way a player actually drinks leather, punches animal carcasses, and pulls Cadillac SUVs as part of their real training regimen. Seriously, who actually trains by punching refrigerators?

Even with the gloves on, I’m still not sure Norv Turner would approve. Make sure you check out all the other videos as well — they’re equally crazy. And given the recent news about his shredded knee, I’m surprised to hear it wasn’t Shawne Merriman training with Kimbo this off-season instead of LT. Just for the record, I am predicting a major knee injury for LT this year — it’s incredible he’s gone this long avoiding one.

EliteXC, Kimbo Produce Strong Ratings

I’ve already shared some of my thoughts on Saturday’s EliteXC card in Newark as MMA made its network TV debut on CBS. In particular, I was impressed by Gina Carano and think that’s a strong meal ticket for EliteXC. So getting down to it, there was a lot of mixed reaction to the fights on Saturday night. Let’s start with the ratings. In Miami, it drew a 5.0; in LA it did a 4.7; nationally, it had a preliminary rating of 2.7 equating to 4.3 million viewers. Those figures are pretty strong, but let’s think about context here. How much competition for live entertainment is there on Saturday night? A live, novelty event like the EliteXC card should do well — and it did.

Alright, so that’s a solid number for MMA’s network TV debut. I was watching and excited to see how it would turn out. I consider myself someone who’s becoming a fan of the sport. But even as a newer fan of the sport, I think they could have done a better job setting up the fights and the telecast in general, a point well illustrated by Kevin Iole on Yahoo! Sports. I watched the WEC fights on Versus Sunday night just for a basis of comparison and came away thoroughly impressed by the quality of fights, and that’s my main issue. I really think MMA is a sport that sells itself — people like to see fighting and blood — and high quality fighting at that. Personalities are important, like a Gina Carano or a Kimbo Slice (he’d be worthless if he shaved), but I really think the fights on Saturday night should have been a lot better. And therein lies the issue.

The big problem as I now see things is that CBS has a deal with EliteXC, which is probably the weakest of the MMA groups. The best fighters as far as I can tell are in UFC, where many big names already exist. I’m pretty confident UFC on network TV would have done better than the EliteXC fights did. And if you want some more details, check out the comments on this post at FanHouse; they pretty well delineate the plight of the MMA fan. Additionally, I’m still surprised that CBS aired this type of programming. When I checked up Bloodsport and Kickboxer — two of my old-time Van Damme favorites — they each had R ratings. These EliteXC fights can’t be any different. So you’re really telling me that R-rated programming is on basic cable? I just hope elementary school kids and kindergarteners aren’t going around practicing submission holds on their classmates this week.