Although the UFC had confirmed that Kevin”Kimbo Slice” Ferguson would be fighting Matt Mitrione at “UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2” on May 8th, the former YouTuber has been absent from the event’s official page on UFC.com.
MMAFightingcom brought up the fact that the heavyweight bout was taken off of the event page, however MMAJunkie.com confirmed with Kimbo’s manager, Mike Imber, that the fighters were never officially announced on the site to begin with.
That, coupled with yesterday’s signing of James Toney, has everybody up in arms about a potential slugfest between the former boxing champion and street fighter.
Imber told MMAJunkie that their camp would “welcome” a scrap with Toney.
“Kimbo would of course fight [Toney], but I think there’s a lot of other guys who want to fight him now,” Imber said of the UFC’s latest signing.
UFC president Dana White spoke to Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole and said the company was unsure when or who Toney will make his Octagon/MMA debut against, but added that it wouldn’t be a “freakshow” event like the other promotions that White has blasted in the past.
Everybody knows how volatile the matchmaking process is in MMA, specifically the UFC, and with Toney’s out-of-nowhere signing it appears the Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione bout may be in jeopardy.
UFC brass would like nothing more than a big name fighter that won’t attempt to wrestle or kick Toney in his mixed martial arts debut, and Kimbo fits the bill perfectly.