UFC President Dana White once said in 2008 about Kimbo Slice that “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? Nothing. I don’t consider him a real athlete. He won’t win The Ultimate Fighter. The offer’s out there if he wants to take it, but he won’t win it.”
Fast-forward to a year later, and Kimbo Slice found himself on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, losing in his first fight to Roy Nelson only to garner his first UFC victory months later at last night’s The Ultimate Finale 10.
“I don’t think I have to apologize to Kimbo, I helped him,” White stated in a phone interview on Yahoo! Sports. “I said what I did and he did the thing athletes do: He went out there and he worked and he made himself better. He deserves credit. He took me up on the offer I made, did what he had to do and went out and beat a legitimate UFC fighter.”
While White gave Kimbo his props for stepping up to the challenge that he presented, he was also critical of Kimbo’s opponent, Houston Alexander. Alexander spent the entire first round circling Kimbo and avoiding any contact while Kimbo tried to close the distance.
“I don’t know what Houston Alexander’s corner was doing, but that was the worst game plan they could have ever come up with,” White said. “I am not sure if Kalib Starnes was training him or what, but that wasn’t the Houston Alexander I had seen fight before.”