The UFC has finally announced that street fighting legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson will be taking on Matt Mitrione at UFC 113 on May 8th in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, officially putting to bed the prospects of a Kimbo vs. James Toney matchup.
There were grumblings last week that Kimbo could be the first to welcome Toney into the violent world of mixed martial arts as both would love nothing more than a pure standup battle, however it appears the UFC has better plans for the boxer’s debut.
UFC president Dana White hinted at the possibility of a Kimbo/Mitrione contest during a UFC 109 pre-fight presser, however the organization waited until today to confirm the bout on the official UFC 113 page, pushing the fight card to nine confirmed bouts.
The heavyweights are somewhat familiar with each other as they both served as contestants on last season’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” reality show.
Slice cemented a spot in the organization after making Houston Alexander look like a shell of his former self at the TUF 10 finale, while Mitrione continued to impress UFC brass by beating Marcus Jones that same evening.
Mitrione was one of the most controversial fighters on last season’s edition of the reality show due to his unwillingness to train through “injuries” for Team Rashad, while Slice proved some doubters wrong as he maintained a positive attitude and improved his MMA game on Team Rampage.
Lyoto Machida will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the night’s featured bout. The meeting will hopefully put an end to the controversy surrounding the unanimous decision that Machida stole from Shogun at their UFC 104 meeting back in October.
All of the fights below have been confirmed by the organization for the pay-per-view broadcast:
TJ Grant vs. Johny Hendricks
Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Mike Guymon
Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet
Tim Credeur vs. Tom Lawlor
Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. Matt Mitrione
Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens
Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Lyoto Machida (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)