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The Daily Recap: UFC 136 Card Filling Quickly, Slice Gets Boxing Opponent & More

Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The UFC has confirmed a trio of fights for its inaugural trip to Houston, Texas this fall, signing the following bouts for UFC 136 on October 8: Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon, Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago and Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow. [UFC.com]

— UFC and EliteXC veteran Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson has been matched up against fellow newcomer James Wade for his boxing debut on August 13 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. "Just like in MMA, Kimbo Slice is walking around with bull's-eye on his back. His opponents know they can make themselves known to the world if they can take him out," said Jared Shaw, Team Kimbo Promotional Advisor in a press release. "To Kimbo it's a pro boxing debut. To James Wade, this is a world championship fight." [Gary Shaw Productions]

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Kimbo Slice Returns May 8 at UFC 113 in Montreal


Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

After weeks of speculation, UFC officials have announced that Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson will return to the octagon on Saturday, May 8 at UFC 113 in a heavyweight showdown with fellow The Ultimate Fighter veteran Matt Mitrione.

Slice, a native of Miami, Florida, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 4-1. Slice holds victories over the likes of Bo Cantrell, David “Tank” Abbott, and James Thompson. Slice made his UFC debut at the TUF 10 finale last December where he scored a unanimous decision over Houston Alexander.

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Kimbo Slice to Fight Roy Nelson on Next Week’s “TUF 10” Episode

Even if you didn’t watch last night’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 10”, you’ve probably heard about it anyway. Former EliteXC star Kimbo Slice will step into the UFC’s Octagon for the first time to face former IFL heavyweight champion and “TUF 10” tournament favorite Roy Nelson on next week’s episode on Spike. Above is a little video previewing the bout between the two.

Slice Talks TUF 10 on ESPN’s “MMA Live”

From ESPN.com, here’s this week’s installment of “MMA Live” with Jon Anik, Franklin McNeil, and UFC lightweight contender Kenny Florian.

The Ultimate Fighter 10: Meet The Heavyweights

The Ultimate Fighter 10 premieres on Wednesday, September 16 following the live broadcast of UFC Fight Night 19 featuring Melvin Guillard vs. Nate Diaz. The Ultimate Fighter 10 will include coaches Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans along with established heavyweights Kimbo Slice, Roy Nelson, and Wes Sims.

Kimbo Slice Talks The Ultimate Fighter 10

EliteXC veteran Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson speaks with SpikeTV about the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The Ultimate Fighter 10 Cast Preview


Spike TV Announces The Ultimate Fighter 10 Cast


Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Spike TV has announced the 16 fighters set to compete on The Ultimate Fighter 10. The season premieres Sept. 16 and will feature 16 heavyweights coached on two teams by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans.

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Quote of the Day: Jared Shaw on EliteXC Collapse


Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

“Do I think the Kimbo’s loss was the demise of the company like it’s being portrayed? Absolutely, 100 percent, no,” Shaw said. What I do think the Kimbo loss did was probably throw away any last ditch efforts of CBS acquiring the company, or having enough money to hang on to get another buyer to come in. But I knew for a while that this company was done. When I spoke to you guys and said I’m clearing a runway in September for El Paso to get to October, no, that’s not it at all. We just couldn’t put on the show.”

— Former EliteXC executive Jared Shaw talks to MMA Weekly about the demise of the organization following Kimbo Slice’s loss to Seth Petruzelli during EliteXC’s final show to date last October.

It’s interesting to see how Shaw denies that Slice losing was the reason why EliteXC folded only to completely contradict his notion in the very next sentence. Besides their financial decisions and corrupt management, putting the entire company on Slice’s shoulders and having him crumble was the biggest reason why EliteXC is no more.

It’s also key to note that Jared is finally admitting that the EliteXC show that was schedule to take place at the University of New Mexico last September was canceled because they simply only had enough money for one last show. The news of the show’s cancellation came the same day as one of their ShoXC cards and I remember scrambling to get some kind of official comment from a ProElite staffer only for there to be nothing at all.

Strikeforce Acquires ProElite Assets; Lands Deal With Showtime


Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

It’s been a busy past few weeks for Scott Coker and his fledgling Strikeforce brand. Once thought to have been just a small success story in the San Jose area, the promotion seems to be on the fast track to becoming the legitimate number-two MMA organization in North America after securing a deal to purchase a limited number of assets from ProElite, the parent company of EliteXC.

Under the terms of the deal announced this afternoon, Strikeforce will acquire a select number of fighters contracts, along with the ability to sign additional fighters to Strikeforce deals, as well as a video library of past EliteXC and ShoXC events.

“This is a tremendous development that will bolster the Strikeforce roster and allow us to produce even more competitive matchups between top fighters,” Coker said in a press release today. “Some of these athletes have been on the sidelines for a while now and are eagerly waiting to return to competition. We look forward to providing them with the opportunity to do so in the next few months.”

 

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