At the December 5th TUF Season 10 finale, the backyard brawler known as Kimbo Slice (4-1) defeated an unimpressive Houston Alexander (9-5) via unanimous decision. Slice surprisingly took the fight to the mat and took full mount in the second round against an opponent who is normally a standup fighter. Alexander tried to keep his distance from Slice throwing leg kicks and circling the cage throughout. Alexander failed to impress the fans and the judges as Slice picked up the decision win in his first official UFC fight. The loss was Alexander’s fourth straight in the UFC and ultimately caused him to get cut from the promotion.
While Kimbo Slice looked impressive in parts of the fight, he freely admits that he has a lot to learn in the sport of MMA. In an interview with Sherdog.com, Slice commented on the evolution of his game saying, “I still have the mentality and I still have that fire to want to just bang-bang-bang, you know what I’m saying? But if I know some ground game, then I can bang-bang-bang like I really want; I can fight the way I really want to fight and I ain’t gotta worry about the ground now because I already got that down pat.”
Slice credits his training partners at American Top Team in Florida with helping to develop his skills. Slice explained, “It’s an everyday thing. You know what I’m saying? That was just from being with ATT for like two months. You know that was two months of training with these guys. You know what I’m saying? This is my home. I don’t have to leave now to go away three months prior to a fight. I can do what I gotta do at home right there. It’s like going to work everyday. This is like a job now. It’s always been but this is a job now.”
The fight with Alexander was at a catch weight of 215 pounds. Slice believes that the 205 pound limit for the light heavyweight division is probably not feasible for him. He commented, “I’m not sure who made the phone call and what but I knew that we came to a good weight–which was a catch weight of 215. 205 I think would have been just a little bit too hard for me to try get down to, you know what I’m saying? Without me really hurting myself. You know what I’m saying? Mentally it started taking a toll on me.”
After a solid debut, Slice believes he will be ready in the next couple months to fight again. “I’m still healin’ up. I took a couple punches in the mouth. Some kicks to the right leg.” Interest in Kimbo Slice among fans is still sky high with more excellent ratings for his fight against Alexander. His next fight is sure to be a highly anticipated one.