It was a great surprise when Kimbo Slice (4-2) joined The Ultimate Fighter show last year. He delivered strong ratings for the promotion in the series and his first official UFC bout–a close decision win against Houston Alexander. It was less surprising when Slice was cut following a loss to prospect Matt Mitrione at UFC 113 in May. Now that the dust has settled with his release, fans are left wondering “What’s next for Kimbo?”
Following last night’s Strikeforce: Los Angeles event, Strikeforce President Scott Coker was asked at the post-fight press conference if he would consider signing Slice.
“It’s the same situation as before where he’s a very unique athlete,” said Coker. “I have a lot of respect for what he’s done. He’s comes into a sport that is demanding. That takes a lot of time and energy. And takes a lot of hard work to get in there and fight.”
Coker continued, “Even like Herschel, he said this is the hardest thing he’s ever done as a professional athlete. And think about that. Herschel Walker is one of the greatest athletes of our time. And he said that’s the hardest thing he’s ever done. And so for Kimbo to come into the MMA world, I give him a lot of respect. He tried it. And you know what, some things are just maybe better to let them go on their way.”
It seems as though another door has closed for Kimbo Slice with the two biggest promotions passing on his services. Slice would certainly be a viable headliner for a smaller promotion and mentioned testing the waters in Japan before he signed with the UFC. Kimbo’s immediate future should become more certain over the next couple months.