The Garv has an amazing gallery of MMA wunderkind Kimbo Slice images posted. One of the images is Kimbo’s actual UFC mugshot for his appearing this season on “The Ultimate Fighter 10.” The others are photoshops. I’ve been staring at this damn thing for 20 minutes, and I honestly have no clue which is which. They haven’t posted the answer yet, but we’ll announce it after the jump when they do.
A fewof you gave us the heads-up on UFC commissioner Dana White seemingly reversing field on Kimbo Slice and bringing in the guy that’s arguably responsible for putting former MMA league EliteXC in the dumper.
The upcoming 10th season is the first to feature heavyweight fighters since “TUF 2″ aired in late 2005. However, the top heavyweights from that season – winner Rashad Evans, Keith Jardine, Mike Whitehead and Petruzelli, for example – later dropped to the light heavyweight division. |MMA Junkie|
I am stunned by the news. White has been outspoken for the last two years on Slice. Here are some of the statements White has made in the last few years on Slice. “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.” |Camel Clutch Blog|
CBS Sports notes that the show format may have been altered specifically to keep Kimbo around longer; the 16 fighters will not necessarily compete week-to-week to stay in the house. So then how do they eliminate each other? Heidi Klum kisses you on the cheek and says “Auf Wiedersehen.” I’m pretty sure that’s how it works.
Some people might argue that wearing blackface is okay if you’ve beaten up the black guy you’re dressed up as. Another theory is that dressing up in blackface as the guy you beat up makes it even more offensive. I don’t know. I’m not really an expert on putting on makeup to appear black.
Personally, I think this costume is mildly clever but racially insensitive to the point of retardation. If you’re a white person who’s thinking about going as a black person for Halloween, just… don’t. Don’t do it. Take my advice on this: a Ku Klux Klan wizard is a WAY easier costume. And a huge hit at parties.
Mixed martial arts promotional brand EliteXC and its parent company ProElite have folded, according to an SI.com report. EliteXC, which produced the first-ever MMA fights on network TV, reportedly lost $60 million in its 22 months of existence, which isn’t much of a resumé builder unless you’re looking for work in the Bush Administration.
This news, of course, comes just two weeks after Kimbo Slice’s embarrassingly disastrous loss to no-name fill-in Seth Petruzelli. Though the company’s failure is unrelated to what ultimately became EliteXC’s final fight, it’s hard not to see a symbolic connection between the way EliteXC pushed the overrated Slice to stardom instead of focusing on creating entertaining fights between talented fighters.
Of course, this also means that women’s MMA star Gina Carano is now out of a job. (Unless you count American Gladiators as a job. And I don’t.) Just this once, I’m going to say that I hope she finds a deal in a better fighting league, instead of, say, posing naked for money. I’m trying to do this thing where I’m less pig-headed. Also, I’m trying to impress Gina. Do whatever you want, girlfriend! Sky’s the limit! Call me!
Saturday night’s EliteXC card wasn’t particularly awful to watch, but it was disastrous for CBS. Kimbo Slice, the brawling man-beast who was supposed to rise to dominance in MMA, was exposed in the worst way possible: after aging tomato can Ken Shamrock was a late scratch, EliteXC tossed in much younger tomato can Seth Petruzelli, a third-rate karate specialist who couldn’t hack it on “The Ultimate Fighter.” Fourteen seconds into the match, whatever thread of credibility EliteXC had was gone forever.
To make things more fun, Deadspin picked up some super-gay photos of Petruzelli over the weekend, but it’s more goofball-playing-around-gay, not homosexual-gay, as he’s actually married. Yes, to a woman.
In other EliteXC news, former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski beat a really fat guy, Jake Shields retained his welterweight belt, and Gina Carano is really, really pretty. I know she wants to be taken seriously as a fighter (she won, by the way), but she’s just so damn good-looking. She won a unanimous decision after three rounds, and she looked ready to go to brunch. It’s startling, really. Women that muscular are usually only attractive to Alex Rodriguez.
Kimbo Slice had the chance to punch “magician” David Blaine in the stomach during Blaine’s TV special last night, and this is an obvious bit of fakery. Blaine barely even flinches. So the only possible explanations are that (a) David Blaine is a badass who can take a punch from Kimbo Slice, or (b) it’s complete bullshit.
If Blaine could possibly suck any more, please, someone, let me know how that’s possible. He speaks in a contrived monotone that’s obviously way deeper than his actual voice, like if Stephen Wright were unfunny and a huge douchebag. Oh, and Houdini didn’t die from a punch. So basically this video is a huge waste of time. Sorry about that.