Backyard brawler Kimbo Slice was undoubtedly the star of TUF 10, bringing in record ratings, but if his fans were tuning in to see him wreak havoc they would be sorely disappointed. Admittedly Kimbo didn’t have the easiest of starts, facing seasoned veteran and eventual winner Roy Nelson in the preliminary bout who decided to toy with him, catching Slice in a crucifix on the mat and landing pitter-patter punches until the referee brought a halt to the fight.
Few if any fighters would have booked a place in the finale with such a performance, but Kimbo’s humble demeanor, and more importantly his star power convinced the UFC to give him a second chance. He then had a stroke of luck when his opponent, KO specialist Houston Alexander abandoned his usual aggressive gameplan in favor of an overly cautious strategy that cost him the fight. Kimbo had proved the doubters wrong and claimed a legitimate win inside the octagon, but it would not be long before he came unstuck again, being convincingly beaten by fellow TUF 10 fighter Matt Mitrione in his next bout.
Despite vowing to fight on in the promotion the UFC had seen enough and released him. In August the 36 year-old announced that he is now set to make his professional boxing debut, inking a deal with promoter Gary Shaw. No opponent has yet been named but the plan is for Kimbo to fight before the end of the year. Despite the switch Kimbo told fans, “Don’t count me out of MMA entirely.”