The most anticipated fight in the history of The Ultimate Fighter takes place tonight, as Kimbo Slice of Team Rampage takes on former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson of Team Rashad. Evans picked the fight last week after James McSweeney won out a decision over Team Rampage’s Wes Shivers. Evans admitted to making the fight for one reason – to see Kimbo get knocked out.
“I was thinking about winning, and that’s why I wanted Roy to beat Kimbo — I thought Roy could knock Kimbo out,” Evans stated in an interview with Fanhouse. “It’s not just that Roy can trade punches with Kimbo, but Roy has been in big fights before and he was the only guy who I could be sure wouldn’t get sucked into the mystique of Kimbo Slice.”
Evans admitted that going into the show that he saw Nelson as one of the best fighters on this season of the show, and Kimbo as one of the worst. However, he admits that since then, he sees big things in store for them if they work hard.
“Roy’s biggest problem is he’s always trained by himself, and he doesn’t always seem like he knows how to take coaching,” Evans stated. “Kimbo can be a very, very good fighter under the right tutelage. Whether he gets that training? That’s on him.”
Evans had recently offered Slice the opportunity to train with him at Greg Jackson’s camp in New Mexico. Slice, who is currently training with American Top Team, recently stated that he might just take Evans up on that invitation.
“That would be a possibility,” Slice admitted earlier this week. “Greg Jackson’s camp, I’ve heard, is the best that’s out there right now. Anyone who’s trying to become a fighter or if you’re fighter and you want to become a better fighter, other than American Top Team, Greg Jackson’s camp is the best one out there.”
As for Nelson, Evans feel that he has all the tools to be a top heavyweight, he just needs to stay motivated.
“Roy’s got everything that every great heavyweight needs to have, he just needs to push himself in the Octagon,” Evans said. “Roy doesn’t put himself in the attack mode all the time.”
Kimbo’s first – and possibly only – fight on The Ultimate Fighter takes place tonight on Spike TV beginning at 10PM ET/PT.