The mother of all sports blogs, Deadspin, recently conducted a phone interview with UFC president Dana White.
One of the topics Deadspin discussed with White was Chuck Liddell’s recent comments that attempted to downplay Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson’s stature in the MMA world.
White, who has been bearish on Slice as an MMA fighter in the past, is actually open to the idea of a match between the Internet street fighting legend and the former UFC light heavyweight champion, Liddell.
“If he [Kimbo] fought anybody that mattered, I would book that tomorrow,” White is quoted as saying by Deadspin.
While White said he might book the fight “tomorrow,” he would eventually temper the statement. White expressed his belief that Kimbo needs to get better before he can step up to fight Liddell.
“The fact is, Kimbo’s not there yet,” White told Deadspin. “He would get destroyed. I heard he just got knocked out by Forrest Griffin last week in a sparring match after a kick to the head,” he said.
The reference to Griffin rocking Slice while sparring is notable because the rumor has been circulating since last week. Guys rock each other all the time in sparring, so it’s usually not really a big deal. However, considering the nature of Slice’s mystique, I’m sure there are people out there who won’t be happy with White’s comments.
While Slice won some people over during his first round knockout of Tank Abbott during “Street Certified” in February, many critics were hardly impressed. I think it’s safe to include White in the latter category.
“Tank Abbott?! I mean, come on,” Deadspin quotes White as saying. “That guy was a bad UFC fighter. A friend of mine said he was out at a bar the week before that fight and he saw Tank there drinking beers. He went up to him and was like ‘Aren’t you supposed to be fighting Kimbo soon?”
Reading White acknowledge Slice in print is always interesting. Slice reportedly signed a four fight contract when he originally joined EliteXC. White sounds like he might be open to the idea of adding him to the UFC’s roster. To date, I have heard nothing concrete about Slice having signed an extension with EliteXC. Based on his value to the promotion, you’ve got to think that’s a pretty high priority. But if I was in Slice’s shoes, I wouldn’t sign anything until hitting the open market. If he is able to defeat James Thompson in impressive fashion on CBS in May, one would think his stock would increase significantly.
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