We all know how sensitive the UFC can get when it comes to prematurely releasing information in regards to The Ultimate Fighter. However, as we noted earlier this week, it appears this time it is company president Dana White that revealed the answer to the show’s biggest question.
“Are you going to see Kimbo Slice fight again in the UFC,” White rhetorically asked the Los Angeles Times. “Yes!”
White created quite the ruckus a few months back when it was announced that he would allow the street fighting legend into his Octagon. White had been highly critical of the slugger, even stating that he was one of the worst things that could happen to the sport of mixed martial arts.
“He can be on The Ultimate Fighter. What’s he done other than get 10 million hits on YouTube? What’s he done to deserve to be in the UFC?” White asked this past November regarding Kimbo. “He won’t win The Ultimate Fighter. The offer’s out there if he wants to take it, but he won’t win it.”
The offer wasn’t on the table long as Kimbo quickly jumped at the opportunity to enter the heavyweight tournament. Not only because it was an opportunity of a lifetime, but it really was Kimbo’s only legitimate option.
“Dana White can say whatever the [expletive] he wants, but as far as I’m concerned with all the [expletive] that he was saying, the greatest revenge to my knowledge is success,” Kimbo said in response to his current boss’ disses.
Because of the star power that Kimbo possesses, many believed that he didn’t necessarily have to win the competition to earn himself a UFC contract. All he needed to do was become a fan favorite by showing the viewers his work ethic, charisma and positive attitude.
Although we have only seen a couple of shows, there have been no complaints regarding the YouTube legend, outside of him soaking up information too quickly.
“We’ve been very impressed with Kimbo’s performance,” UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta said of their latest project.
If you were thinking that the UFC brass was interested in keeping Kimbo around simply for the ratings factor, think again as White made it perfectly clear that he isn’t about to start letting people into his organization that can’t compete on the highest level.
“The ratings do not influence our decision,” White noted. “The guy can either fight or not.”