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Kimbo Slice to be profiled on ESPN’s E:60

The new sports news show from ESPN, E:60, will be taking a closer look into some of sports’ larger stories, much like 60 Minutes or Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. The surprising thing? Kimbo Slice will be profiled by Rachel Nichols in one of the segments, according to the October 8th edition of USA Today:

In one piece, Schaap takes viewers inside the world of underage “Baby Bullfighters” (including some hair-raising footage of a teen matador nearly gored to death). Nichols profiles Miami underground street fighter Kimbo Slice in another.

The hour-long show will enable ESPN to land the newsmakers who are choosing to tell their stories to other networks, said Smith, pointing to Adam “Pacman” Jones’ interview with Gumbel on Real Sports and the Tiger Woods and Vince Young interviews on 60 Minutes.

“It’s annoying to see people go and sit down and talk to 60 Minutes, and sit down and talk to HBO. And for them to give interviews that we have to put on ESPN.com and say ‘such-and-such told 60 Minutes, such-and-such told Real Sports,” Smith said. “That’s not cool for us when we devote 24 hours to sports.”

Slice’s bare-knuckle fight videos are a hit on the Internet, noted Nichols. He’s a good example of something E:60 wants to do: introduce viewers to personalities who’ll be making headlines six months or a year down the road.

This show sounds pretty solid and I think a lot of people will be intrigued to see a real, in-depth segment about Kimbo Slice. No one knows a whole lot about the guy, so it will be refreshing to see him tell his story in a respected forum such as this type of a news show.

23 COMMENTS
  • ted dibiase says:

    this is the dumbest thing espn could do. profile a street fight? wow. thats just pathetic. kimbo fought complete turds on the internet and is involved with online porn. good god espn is retarded

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  • ted dibiase says:

    might as well profile the MILF HUNTER on espn outdoors

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  • Johnny P. says:

    This isn’t something I’m excited about. I have no problem with the profile itself, but I do if it’s before ESPN profiles real MMA fighters, from UFC to Elite XC to IFL and Strikeforce. I just have a feeling they’ll represent Kimbo as your typical MMA fighter, and he’ll fullfill what sports writers in newspapers and what the ESPN or HBO top brass thinks MMA is all about: a streetfighter fad that isn’t really a sport.

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  • Mr. Takedown says:

    Bring on the Kimbo HATE !!

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  • Seth says:

    It’s a joke for ESPN to cover Kimbo. If they wanted to break his story they would have covered him back in 2004 when his fight with Gannon got out on the Net. Now they’re just trying to appeal to a fan base they think they can capture by putting up something they deem “edgy.” On top of that, Kimbo needs to fight a few pros instead of a collection of street fighters and a washed up heavyweight boxer before he warrants a 60 Minutes-style expose.

    It’s a double-fault for ESPN, the story is years late and, at this point in Kimbo’s legit fight career, not even newsworthy.

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  • dizzle says:

    No…it’s not a joke. He “used” to be a street fighter…now he’s a pro/am MMA figther. I think that it’s a good thing because not alot of African Americans are into MMA. Kimbo is able to be marketed toward the black communities. I think it’s a great thing that ESPN is Profiling Kimbo.

    Hey it could be worst…they could be doing a 60 minute segment on Cup Stacking Competitions instead.

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  • Seth says:

    Dizzle, I’ve gotta disagree with you. If the goal is to promote fighters with African-American backgrounds ESPN should snag someone relevant to the sport such as Rampage, Corey Hill, Cheick Kongo, or any number of fighters in the list to the left.

    I just think ESPN is trying to cash in on Slice’s back story rather than promote the sport of MMA. (I bet the phrase “human cockfighting” gets mentioned in the first 15 seconds of the segment.) They’re not breaking any news. And while Slice is definitely a powerful fighter, he hasn’t faced one elite opponent. You’ll be able to say the same thing after he fights Tank Abbott. I’m looking forward to seeing how he does against someone like Arlovski, Kongo or Noguiera.

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  • dizzle says:

    you’ve got a good point Seth.

    I’d pay to watch him fight Kongo….but never pay to see him fight corey hill or arlovski.

    I just think that kongo and kimbo both have alot to do when it comes to ground. But face it..we’ll never see Kimbo in the UFC. If anything he’ll get signed to IFL just because Rutten is involved with IFL.

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    In regards to fighting guys like Arlovski and Nogueira, Kimbo would get destroyed. That’s a known fact.

    He’s not ready for guys like that. That’s why you bring him along slowly, just like EXC is doing with Gina Carano. Tank isn’t the best competition in the world, that’s for sure. He’s a step above Ray Mercer, though. And the next guy after Tank will be better and so on.

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  • Luke says:

    “Dizzle, I’ve gotta disagree with you. If the goal is to promote fighters with African-American backgrounds ESPN should snag someone relevant to the sport such as Rampage, Corey Hill, Cheick Kongo, or any number of fighters in the list to the left.

    I just think ESPN is trying to cash in on Slice’s back story rather than promote the sport of MMA. (I bet the phrase “human cockfighting” gets mentioned in the first 15 seconds of the segment.) They’re not breaking any news. And while Slice is definitely a powerful fighter, he hasn’t faced one elite opponent. You’ll be able to say the same thing after he fights Tank Abbott. I’m looking forward to seeing how he does against someone like Arlovski, Kongo or Noguiera.”

    Well, for starters, Kongo is French, not African-American.

    Second, and more importantly, I fail to see why Kimbo takes so much heat. Seriously, I do not get it. The guy gave up organized street fighting to pursue a career in mixed martial arts. He hooked himself up with world-class trainers and by all accounts (the trainers’ at least) he’s an excellent student. Kimbo is neither the first nor the last fighter to give up street fighting for athletics. Admittedly, Kimbo’s involvement in street fighting is a little more notorious, but that’s why his decision to leave that for legitimate athletic pursuits is so noteworthy.

    Moreover, why is it that NO ONE – and I do mean NO ONE – criticizes Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal for street fighting? He appeared and fought in not one but TWO of Kimbo’s videos while he was already training MMA. Kimbo, by contrast, gave up street fighting after he started training because of the unfair advantage afforded those who train. If you’re going to attack Kimbo, let’s hear you spread the blame equally, please.

    Lastly, who gives a flying fuck if Kimbo spends his spare time as a bodyguard for pornographers? Is that really anyone’s business?

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  • Luke says:

    “I’d pay to watch him fight Kongo….but never pay to see him fight corey hill or arlovski.”

    Considering Hill is a lightweight, you’re right, you won’t pay to see him fight Kimbo.

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  • dizzle says:

    Luke well than he’s African-French then.

    and even if this way japan where they have david vs goliath matches…I wouldn’t pay to see Kimbo fight Corey Hill.

    We have to face it….Kimbo will never fight in the UFC. He’s already given himself a bad rap and Dana doesn’t deal with alot of fighters like that.

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    No one is suggesting that he fight in the UFC.

    What I am suggesting, however, is that he be taken seriously.

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  • Luke says:

    “No one is suggesting that he fight in the UFC.

    What I am suggesting, however, is that he be taken seriously.”

    END. OF. ARGUMENT.

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  • Nitro says:

    Let Kimbo fight Brock Lesnar in EliteXC if you want PPV buys.

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  • D PEOPLES CHAMP says:

    Damn it is some haters in here. Kimbo would knock your ass out.

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  • DO U SON says:

    I dont think that ESPN would feature KIMBO if he wasn’t talked about every where. He is talked about everywhere from bars to major fights in Vegas he is all over the internet it seems to me people want to know about Kimbo. They want to know were he comes from. Where did he train was he ever in jail how much he gets paid for his fights what does he have planned for the future. I will bet the same people sayin that Kimbo shouldn’t be featured will tune in. Great job ESPN youve done it again. I”ll be watching

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  • BlackbeltLT says:

    I do not think anyone is hating on Kimbo. I do think it is a question of legitimacy as a fighter. Dizzle brought up the fact of bringing African-Americans into the sport then they should do a story on fighters like the 35 year old Shonie Carter who has been in MMA forever or Two Time World Extreme Fighting middleweight champion and UFC veteran Din Thomas who at only 31 has been in the sport 13 years.
    I happen to think that Kimbo has only been tested once during his bareknuckles fighting and tat was against the trained fighter Gannon. Everyone else happened to be a some guys off the street who hoped to get in a lucky punch and win some cash.
    I am interested in seeing the spin E:60 puts on this story it could be interesting.

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  • bk says:

    I think its great that kimbo gets this. im proud for him. i have been watchin him for so long. and i think its cool that someone who does street fights has been noticed. He has success , and what comes with success???? Haters. So congrats you guys can be the first ever haters of Kimbo.

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  • MI says:

    I think MMA in ESPN is a very good thing for the sport. As for Kimbo, he is as much of a fighter as anyone on the circuit. He was raised in the streets and did what he had to do to feed the family. He has now transformed into a much better overall fighter both striking and on the ground. His stamina and endurance have also greatly improved. I would like to see any of you hating on him to step in the ring with him for just 2 minutes. It will be the quickest way to learn just how good of a fighter he really is. ALL MMA FIGHTERS ARE TRUE WARRIORS!!!

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  • Mr. Biggs says:

    All Yall Hatin on my man Kimbo. Beleive the Hipe cause it’s TRUE He’s an Animal He’s a Beast and He’s Hungry. AND MY MAN KIMBO WILL EAT

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