Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson made his unofficial Octagon debut last night on “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” against former IFL champion Roy “Big County” Nelson. The street fighter looked out of shape and confused as MMA’s biggest belly engulfed it’s way to an easy win.
“TUF’s” most anticipated scrap was so significant, it not only enticed UFC president Dana White to sit front and center to watch the exhibition fight, but company owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta where there to witness the phenom that is Kimbo as well.
Unfortunately, they didn’t get much of a show as Nelson dominated both rounds, making each look identical to the other.
Kimbo looked gun-shy the first few minutes of the opening round, ultimately getting taken down by Nelson, and remained pinned under “Big Country’s” spare tire in the crucifix position, taking light, yet undefended, shots to the dome.
It was clear that referee Herb Dean wanted to see as much of the YouTube star as possible as he was very generous with his warnings for Kimbo to intelligently defend himself, which allowed the bout to go another unnecessary five minutes.
Unfortunately, Kimbo’s luck didn’t change outside of a couple early shots to Nelson’s grill. An errant knee attempt later and Slice immediately found himself back on the mat in the same position he ended the 1stRound in. This time, there was plenty of ticks remaining on the clock and Dean couldn’t protect Kimbo any longer.
Although it was an embarrassing loss, Kimbo fought fairly valiantly and was classy in defeat. The bright side is that White stated last week Kimbo would be joining his organization after the show wrapped, regardless of his performance in the tourney.
At the same time, the slugger remains in the house to train and serve as a replacement in case one of his fellow heavyweights gets hit with the injury bug.
So, theoretically, there’s still a shot for Kimbo to win the show …