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Kimbo Slice Vs. Brock Lesnar

Kimbo SliceMixed Martial Arts (MMA) is becoming huge. Many young fans who grew up watching Tyson, Holyfield and Lewis are now following Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva. The debate between boxing and MMA is a fun one to have but really they are two entirely separate sports. It would be as hard to rank the two as to say which is the better sport when comparing basketball and football. Everyone has an opinion but no one can truly be right. However, MMA has done a terrific job marketing itself and its stars whereas boxing has fallen off the map outside of its hardcore fans. Boxing still has De La Hoya and Mayweather, but how many casual fans can still tell you who holds any of the heavyweight championships, let alone who holds which ones?

While other organizations are beginning to challenge the UFC for some of the top fighters, MMA’s growth can be closely tied to the excellent job Dana White and the Fertitta brothers have done with the UFC. White took a brand that had almost no current value, legitimized it by working with legislating bodies, added more safety elements and rules and made some excellent decisions marketing the new product. The result was an organization North American fans looked to as the leader in the MMA world and largely recognized the UFC champions as the best in the world. While the now defunct Pride organization had arguably just as good or better fighters, it competed in a separate market from the UFC and did not confuse North American MMA fans during the sports rebirth.

While MMA and boxing fans love to argue about which is better, another controversial topic is the instant attention being paid to two new stars. Kimbo Slice is EliteXC’s poster boy and a Youtube sensation. Kimbo (Real name Kevin Ferguson) made a name for himself through tapes of him brawling in backyards and parking lots in Florida and being the toughest guy in the neighborhood. EliteXC wanted to capitalize on his Youtube popularity and helped put him in touch with MMA trainer and former UFC champion Bas Rutten. Kimbo holds a 2-0 professional MMA record with wins over little known Bo Cantrell (10-11) and fan favorite David “Tank” Abbott. However, Abbott’s last professional win was over two and a half years prior to his fight with Kimbo and his best days as a fighter are behind him. Fighters such as Chuck Liddell have gone on the record either expressing their distain for the attention being heaped at Kimbo or to say that if put in the octagon against them, Kimbo would be no match.

The UFC has its own version of Kimbo Slice in Brock Lesnar. Lesnar, the former WWE champion (not real fighting) was the co-main event of a UFC card in his first UFC fight and only his second professional MMA fight, losing the fight to Frank Mir, an expert in submissions and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. However, Lesnar’s collegiate athletic experience separates him from Kimbo. In 2000, Lesnar was the NCAA Heavyweight Division 1 champion in wrestling, one of the critical elements in MMA competition. Lesnar is such a great athlete that the Minnesota Vikings welcomed him to try out for the team. While he did not make the team, the fact that an NFL team would welcome an athlete to try out for their team with limited football experience speaks to his raw athletic talent.

Kimbo Slice vs. Brock Lesnar is an interesting comparison. Round 1, being a comparison of the way they have been managed to date goes to Kimbo Slice. Kimbo has been matched up against opponents he can beat who are willing to play to what we can only believe is his strength, his standup game and power. The first televised MMA card on a major network is on May 31 and features Slice against James Thompson. This fight is set up to show what may be MMA’s largest ever television audience a devastating Kimbo Slice knockout. Thompson has lost 7 times by either knock out or technical knockout. Thompson usually likes to trade punches and definitely will be under pressure to do so here.

By contrast, the UFC matched Lesnar up with one of the worst possible opponents for him. If it was a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lesnar’s strength and take down abilities make him rock. However, the UFC put him up against a Jiu-jitsu expert who was able to submit him. Frank Mir in this case is paper. While usually pretty great at matching and marketing fighters, this particular fight left many scratching their heads. Possibly, the UFC was trying to recoup the large investment they made on Lesnar and figured a fight against someone as well known and as talented as Mir would make him legitimate for a monster fight if he won or, if he lost, he would be able to withstand it and remain a large box-office pull while Mir would once again become a headliner. Round 1 goes to Kimbo.

Round 2, based on intimidation, goes to both fighters. If you put either of these guys into a bull-fighting arena, they would probably charge at the bull and the bull would be wise to run away. If either of them hit an average person, the average person would be lucky to ever get up.

Round 3 is purely potential as a fighter. Both are insanely strong. Lesnar though is one of the greatest collegiate wrestlers of the past decade. Kimbo was a brawler before being a technical striker but has picked up the skill set quickly and looked much more pure than Abbott in his last fight. However, Kimbo would want to stay on his feet and strike against Lesnar, while Lesnar would be able to use his wrestling to take the fight to the ground. Ultimately, Lesnar would be able to ground-and-pound Kimbo and win the fight. Lesnar is also a younger fighter who has more time to learn the complexities of the sport. While Kimbo may have a great career, and Lesnar stumbled out of the gate, look for Lesnar to be a legitimate champion before Kimbo Slice. Lesnar, Round 3, KO.

5 replies on “Kimbo Slice Vs. Brock Lesnar”

Lesnar can be heard from time to time on KFAN here in Minnesota. He recently even talked about the possibility (or lack thereof) of an eventual match versus Slice. Full interview is linked below for those interested.

Kimbo is no fighter. So he beat up a couple of weak ass fighters online, but you cannot say that he is in any way ready to go toe to toe with Chuck, Tito, BJ, or even Tim Silvia. He runs his mouth, and truth be told, when he was on one of his online fights, why is it that when he wins he wants to finish the fight, but when the big white guy starts to beat his ass and he is losing, his wannabe gay pimp lookin manager starts to help him out? Kimbo is a joke, has no talent, and has no business getting paid anything more than what You-Tube and Myspace can give him! CBS is going to look like a fool when he starts to fight anyone with real talent. And yes, Tank did beat his ass! And he better quit runnin his mouth about Chuck. Chuck has proven himself by fighting FIGHTERS, not tackling scrawny white kids on the beach for 100 dollars a pop! Kimbo can kiss my ass and the sooner we see his head split open and that retarded beard shaved off, the better off the sport will be!

kimbo schmimbo. I hope Dana White keeps his word, “the only way kimbo slice is going to get into the UFC is to make it through the house” . well this observer didn’t see anything from
k.s. that would carry him thru the house. he is strictly a one dimensional street fighter with no potential to last in the ufc. his knees are shot and thanks to the good ortho doctors describing his problems he now has bullseyes on both legs, inside the knees and outside the knees. if he is dumb enough to stay in with these boys here is the formula……………
spoon-fed fights + short lived “folksy -charmy” appeal + “bullseye knees” = 1 flash in the pan martyr who will end up with permanent canes/walkers or wheelchairs and do UFC and Dana Whites efforts more harm than good.
k.s. reminds me of the spinks boxer, awkward angles, street fighting swarms and loopers
throw it all something will connect, nobody wanted to get it on with him because of the difficulty with his unorthodoxy,but lucky for him and us he was a short lived champion and as soon as they figured him out he dropped fast, by the way when they dug him up for Tyson you could see the pee stains on his trunks before the opening bell . the same will happen to k.s., when he gets whacked by some hard accurate hitters . Dana I hope you read this and do UFC and all of us a favor and put this guy aside, let him go back to his backyard antics.
boxing is dead and beyond revival. UFC was/is the perfect storm, it has it all, including a realistic honesty in the octagon that the fans count on and expect.
my old man used to say ” when you swim with the sharks you’d better have sharp teeth”
k.s. is no shark and doesn’t belong in the UFC .

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