The Bread Winner: Kimbo to ‘TUF’

By Jake Rossen Jun 2, 2009
Parkas for everyone in Hell: Yahoo has delivered word that Kimbo Slice, star of many an unsanctioned YouTube assault, has agreed to join the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” which began filming Monday in Las Vegas.

The 34-year-old Florida native was possibly the first combat sports athlete to make a name and reputation for himself almost exclusively online. That notoriety was parlayed into a lucrative deal with CBS and ProElite in 2007, a partnership that imploded when he was knocked unconscious by Seth Petru---blah, blah, blah. He fought a few times, worked people into a lather for no good reason, and then lost in spectacular fashion.

Slice’s popularity is due in majority part to his ability to coin catchphrases in mid-fight (“That’s how a [gentleman] eat,” “All day, all day”) and a broadband career as a revisionist Charles Bronson. Actual fighting ability? Still very much in question.

This is Slice definitely making his way through the service entrance of the UFC. Unless the rest of the heavyweights were recruited at a rehabilitation hospital, he seems predestined to be ground to pulp by any semi-competent contestant. This is ultimate pandering.

Obviously, I’m not going to miss an episode.
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