Mike Imber, manager to arguably MMA’s most sought-after free agent, Kimbo Slice, recently spoke briefly with MMAJunkie.com to provide a status update on the internet street fighting sensation.
Slice entered the UFC fold after accepting UFC President Dana White’s challenge for him to appear on The Ultimate Fighter reality TV show. He did not win the show but, as is custom, he appeared on that season’s finale fight card where he took on UFC vet Houston Alexander. The fight was not the exciting spectacle most expected but Slice impressed with an improved ground game and a disciplined approach. He was invited back to the UFC to take on fellow TUF 10 castmember Matt Mitrione at UFC 113 and was defeated handily and sbsequently cut from MMA’s top promotion.
Having basically kept the entire EliteXC fight promotion afloat on his name alone and having brought The Ultimate Fighter some of its highest ratings ever, it is no surprise that Imber indicated to MMAJunkie that there are several promotions interested in Slice’s services.
“He has a lot of offers and opportunities on the table, so it’s up to him,” he said.
Contrary to his street brawler credentials, Slice proved during his time on TUF that he is a respectful and reasonable person. He demonstrated those qualitiies through his manager, who says that Kimbo is not upset at having been cut from the UFC but glad that he ad the opportunity to compete on the largest MMA stage the world has to offer.
“Those guys gave Kimbo an incredible opportunity and (we) can’t thank them enough for that,” Imber said. “Who knows what the future will bring with them?”
As far as where Kimbo might go next, Imber unsurprisingly remained mum.
“It’s been his call from the beginning, and it’s his call now,” he said.
Kimbo has undoubtedly gained a number of new fans due to his respectful attitude to the sport and to his fellow fighters. With many MMA fans now warm to the idea of taking Kimbo at least somewhat seriously as a competitor and with his well established name and popularity outside of MMA, it is highly unlikely that Slice will be out of work for long. He will likely never win a legitimate championship but, as long as he continues to take the sport seriously, he deserves his chance at competition just as much as anyone.