Tonight on The Ultimate Fighter….Kimbo Slice, Internet Backyard Fighting sensation meets former IFL Heavyweight Champion Roy “Big Country” Nelson in what promises to be the biggest, highest rated fight in TUF History.
Now let’s be clear, I hate street fighting. Period.
And I hate people that represent combative athletes as street fighters. We are NOT street fighters, we are Martial Artists. We aspire to a higher ideal. And one day I hope to see Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts (NOT Ultimate Fighting) in the olympics alongside other amazing sports such as Tae Kwon Do, Wrestling and Boxing.
But I do not hate Kimbo Slice.
Because he has an inspirational story to tell on how he rose above street fighting and turned his talents and efforts to sports not the streets. In many ways, Martial Arts, Boxing Gyms, and numerous types of athletic pursuits have helped get people off of the streets and make a better life for themselves. And Kimbo has made a better life for himself and is doing his best to represent us and the sport properly.
So that is why I do not hate Kimbo Slice. Now why is this fight so interesting?
For those of you not familiar with his past, Kimbo was signed to EliteXC, a now defunct MMA Promotion. Alot of people felt that EliteXC was feeding Kimbo lesser opponents to help make him a big star and sell PPV Tickets. Well all this fell apart when Kimbo lost to a former contestant of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. After ElieXC went bankrupt Dana White, president of the UFC dared Kimbo to come on the show and prove that he has what it takes to be in arguably the premier league for Mixed Martial Arts. Well, low and behold, Kimbo came….
And so did Big Country. Roy Nelson, like many MMA stars, feel that they have been overlooked because of people like Kimbo. So he has a message he wants to send. Meanwhile everyone will finally get the answer to the question that Dana White has been asking, “Is Kimbo a Mixed Martial Artist?”
So tonight should be quite interesting.
I say yes he is a Mixed Martial Artist, but unfortunately for him and his fans I think Roy Nelson, who has been training far longer is going to show what it takes to survive in MMA. It takes years of hard work and dedication. And while I think Kimbo has the heart of a lion, he just has not been doing this long enough to compete with someone of Nelson’s caliber ……. yet.
So I pick Nelson by 1st round TKO via GnP.
Make your pick and lets see whose right on Thursday. And for now check out the videos at the bottom to help get you inspired.[polldaddy poll=2057884]
ps…. Inspiration plays a big part in sports, life and certainly in Martial Arts. I am putting together a piece for the blog called Inspiration in Martial Arts….look for it soon.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okuitFSEOIc&feature=player_embedded] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRq0BHk-REk&feature=player_embedded#t=78]