As we reported yesterday, UFC President Dana White announced after UFC 113 that the organization would likely cut Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. The former street fighter was dominated by fellow The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 alum Matt Mitrione at UFC 113 last night.
“That’s probably Kimbo’s last fight in the UFC,” said White. “We’re probably going to cut him… Kimbo made it farther than I thought he would.”
Kimbo was often the subject of ridicule from White before the street fighter-turned-MMA superstar took him up on his challenge to join The Ultimate Fighter in order to make it into the UFC.
“I didn’t know Kimbo,” White admitted. “He came in, he couldn’t be a nicer guy… I said that I have a lot of respect for Kimbo and how he’s handled this whole thing.”
Although he showed promise in his inaugural UFC fight against Houston Alexander, Slice was taken apart on the feet by the larger Mitrione before falling prey to the former NFL player’s ground and pound assault. While the defeat was Slice’s first official loss in the UFC, he also suffered a lopsided defeat to Roy Nelson on The Ultimate Fighter, however those fights are not counted towards a fighter’s professional record since they are considered exhibitions.
“He took this fight serious, trained, went after it,” said White. “His first fight wasn’t the Youtube fights you saw, but he won, won that fight, deserved another fight in the UFC and he lost.
“He took me up on my challenge. He came in to The Ultimate Fighter, and tonight he got beat by Matt Mitrione. Mitrione was 1-0, and he came in and took Kimbo out tonight.”
White went on to note that cutting Kimbo was nothing personal, and that he respected him as a person.
“I’ve got nothing but respect for Kimbo,” White admitted. “I like him as a person. He carried himself really well.”