Former backyard brawler turned MMA fighter Kimbo Slice’s UFC career appears to be at an end tonight after his TKO loss to Matt Mitrione at UFC 113.
Slice had been a big ratings draw for the promotion during his time on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, and coming into his fight with Mitrione he clearly had the backing of the Montreal fans, but it wasn’t enough to spur him on to victory.
He started brightly enough, showing that there was now more to his game than just boxing by slamming Mitrione hard to the mat several times, but beyond that it was the former NFL player who saw the best of the action.
After several submission attempts and some damaging leg kicks, Mitrione finally finished the fight in the second round by ground and pound.
At the post-fight press conference Dana White was asked whether Slice still had a future with the UFC after the defeat.
“That’s probably Kimbo’s last fight in the UFC,” he admitted. “I’ve got nothing but respect for Kimbo and I like him as a person,” he added.
Personally I think it’s the right move. Kimbo has a remarkable ability to draw a crowd and it would be easy for the UFC to keep him around to help boost their ratings, but the simple fact is that he is not good enough to be fighting for the company.