The UFC announced during tonight’s UFC 110 pay-per-view boradcast that Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson will be taking on Matt Mitrione at UFC 113 on May 8th in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dana White had confirmed the bout earlier this month at the UFC 109 press conference.
The heavyweights are somewhat familiar with each other as they both severed as contestants on last season’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” reality show.
Slice cemented a spot in the organization after making Houston Alexander look like a shell of his former self, while Mitrione continued to impress UFC brass by beating Marcus Jones that same evening.
“I thought Houston Alexander would win that fight,” White stated earlier this month. “Kimbo Slice beat a guy I consider a real guy, a guy who’s fought some good guys and beaten them. [Alexander] knocked out Keith Jardine. He knocked out Alessio Sakara.”
Mitrione was one of the most controversial fighters on last season’s edition of the reality show due to his unwillingness to train through “injuries” for Team Rashad, while Slice proved some doubters wrong as he maintained a positive attitude and improved his MMA game on Team Rampage.
UFC 113 takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The event is headlined by a light heavyweight championship between champion bout Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.