Kimbo Slice Gets His Shot

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Carrie Stroup
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Kimbo Slice

Backyard brawler and legend Kimbo Slice will finally get to prove is he worthy of all the hype on MMA's biggest stage, the UFC and the handicappers at think the odds are stacked against him.

The UFC announced Tuesday that the 35-year-old heavyweight would be a fighter in their reality show, ‘The Ultimate Fighter'.

After making a name for himself in southern Florida backyard brawls, Kimbo took his raw skills and menacing looks to the now defunct Elite XC. After accumulating a 3-0 record, Kimbo was knocked out by a jab just 14 seconds into his fight with MMA journeyman Seth Petruzelli last October.

That Petruzelli jab put the Elite XC down for the count in addition to raising questions as to whether or not Kimbo would ever enter the octagon/cage again.

Enter the UFC's President Dan White. Never one to hide his true feelings, White has thrown plenty of verbal jabs at Kimbo in the past. A couple of words White used to describe Slice in the past include "bum" and "joke".

A marketing genius, White realizes that adding Kimbo to his TV show will bring big ratings.

"No matter what you think of Kimbo as a fighter, he's one of those people you just have to watch," explained Spokesman Dave Staley.

"This is truly a win-win for Dana White and the UFC. If Kimbo loses one of his early fights, White will be sure to tell everyone ‘I told you so'. However, if Kimbo does keep advancing on, the UFC will continue to gain ratings and popularity." was the first in the industry to offer odds on UFC bouts and sponsor UFC fighters and they continue that trend by being the first to offer odds on Kimbo's UFC future.

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Will Kimbo Slice make it to the Finals of ‘The Ultimate Fighter 10'?

Yes +275

No -350

Carrie Stroup, Senior Reporter

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