“The Ultimate Fighter” Scores Huge Ratings With Kimbo’s Loss

Written by Marc Doche
October 2nd, 2009

Kimbo Slice

The UFC milked the cow that is Kimbo Slice for the past 7 days and it definitely paid off after Wednesday night’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” was seen in over 6 million homes. The episode as a whole averaged 5.3 million viewers, however Kimbo’s fight against Roy Nelson was seen by exactly 6.1 million peeps.

We should also mention that the replay was aired immediately after the fight and that captured another 1.56 million sets of eyes.

Not too bad for an MMA reality show on cable television.

To help promote this past Wednesday’s episode, the UFC had Kimbo host his own conference call on Monday and had him appear that evening as a guest on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”

With Kimbo now temporarily eliminated from the tournament, what’s the UFC doing for an encore? Well, fellow heavyweight Marcus Jones appears to be suffering through a case of the injury bug, and Kimbo could very well find himself back inside the Octagon as a replacement.

It was obvious that Kimbo was not injured in his TKO loss to Nelson, outside of his hurt feelings, so another bout on short notice shouldn’t be too demanding of a schedule for the street fighter.

Don’t forget to tune into next week’s episode to see if Kimbo will get another shot at becoming the next “TUF” winner.

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