Is there any better sport to cover than fighting? The fighters, promoters and characters around the sport are unrivaled. Which is why the marriage of the UFC, its president Dana White, Kimbo Slice and reality television is simply freakin' outrageously awesome. For a year and a half White smashed the hell out of Kimbo. When Kimbo fell to Seth Petruzelli, White went off the deep end on October 10, 2008 (0:50 mark):
"Kimbo Slice sucks, like I've said now for the last few months. This [expletive] guy can't fight and he got knocked out in 13 seconds by a guy who didn't win The Ultimate Fighter."
Two weeks later, he threw out the invite for Kimbo to go on The Ultimate Fighter but in doing so slammed him again:
"What has the guy done to deserve to be in the UFC? Nothing. I don’t consider him a real athlete or anything. He won’t win The Ultimate Fighter. The offer is out there if he wants to take it and he won’t win it. I might [put a heavyweight show together just for him]."
White played a different tune last night on Sacramento's KTHK by Carmichael Dave (1:00 mark):
"I don't know if there's anybody I've talked more smack about. I don't know how he's going to do. I gotta respect that (he's coming on the show). We're gonna find out this season if he's for real or not."
Listen to White's first reaction to the Kimbo signing:
"We shot episode one today. We walked into the gym and I tell you what, he was pretty serious. He wasn't messing around, he wasn't joking," laughed White. "He wasn't laughing. I don't think he's a big Dana White fan either. How could you be after all the things that have gone back and forth?"
White also explained that Kimbo's former promoter/manager Gary Shaw had nothing to do with the deal. White indicated that the deal was finished up around May 11 while he was down in Miami. Oddly, though Kimbo wasn't present in his hometown, he was actually in California. Apparently, the deal was forged with his manager "Icey" Mike Imber.
Dana White on Kimbo and EliteXC (Oct. 10, 2009):
Dana White invites Kimbo to be part of The Ultimate Fighter (Oct. 26, 2008):
Dana White audio via KHTK
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