Former street-fighting internet sensation and currently victorious UFC heavyweight Kimbo Slice is quickly becoming known for his ability to produce an entertaining sound bite. During the organization-less Aldo Vs. Faber broadcast, Kimbo told Joe Rogan that it required a lot of “commitmentship” to make the transformation from backyard-brawler to MMA fighter. Slice, who takes on fellow TUF 10 castmate Matt Mitrione this Saturday at UFC 113, kept the hits a-rolling during some UFC-produced pre-fight hype videos for that fight.
“I know the UFC fans, they wanna see me knock this guy out,” said Kimbo. “They wanna see me knock somebody the f*** out. That’s what people wanna see. Hell, that’s what I wanna see.”
Although he showed in his inaugural UFC fight against Houston Alexander that he is gaining competency on the ground and with takedowns, Slice considers himself a stand up fighter first and foremost. How he describes his striking style is particularly interesting.
“I’m not a stand-still fighter,” stated Slice. “I tick and tock like a clock, then I come forward. I’m hard to hit. If I get hit, it’s because I let you hit me. Sometimes I give up a shot to take a shot.”
There have been conflicting reports as to how much Kimbo is training in-between fights and some have questioned his dedication to MMA. He seems to have been training primarily at the elite American Top Team camp in Coconut Creek, Florida, and it is hard to believe that he is not at least picking up some new tricks from the cast of veterans who work and train at ATT. Kimbo himself described, somewhat confusingly, what this fight means to him and from where he is drawing his motivation.
“This fight, this is gonna be my opportunity to knock Matt’s a** the f*** out and solidify the era of who I am and my capability,” declared Kimbo. “That’s what this is about.”
As to Mittrione’s claim that he will be the one walking away from the cage with a knockout victory, Slice dismisses that as pure foolishness on Mitrione’s part.
“See now he’s just talking s***,” said Kimbo. “That’s just talk. That ain’t happening like that.”
Kimbo left the interview with another sure-to-be-remembered hype quote. Playing off Mitrione’s nickname of “Meathead,” Kimbo informed his fellow TUFer, “I’m gonna grind your meat up.”
You can watch Slice make his attempt to grind Mittrione’s meat up this Saturday at UFC 113 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. UFC 113 will be headlined by the rematch between UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. They will be supported on the main card by Paul “Semtex” Daley and Josh Koscheck who are likely battling it out for the number one contender’s spot in the welterweight division.