UFC President Dana White extended another offer to former EliteXC heavyweight Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson to try out for a future season of The Ultimate Fighter. During the post-fight press conference for UFC 90 in Rosemont, Ill. this past Saturday, White was once again asked whether the UFC had any interest in signing Slice.
“He can be on The Ultimate Fighter,” White responded. “What’s he done other than get 10 million hits on YouTube? What’s he done to deserve to be in the UFC? Nothing. I don’t consider him a real athlete or anything. He won’t win The Ultimate Fighter. The offer’s out there if he wants to take it (but) he won’t win it.”
After making at least $500,000 for a 14-second loss to Seth Petruzelli during the Oct. 4 edition of CBS’ Saturday Night Fights, it’s extremely doubtful that Slice would surrender six weeks of his life with no guarantee of a payoff. However, if the UFC was looking to improve the ratings for the TUF franchise, it could always sign Slice to a contract prior to the taping of the show and offer him a guaranteed appearance fee.
While the idea of the UFC paying Slice to appear on the show is highly unlikely, White did offer to make one concession for Slice. Due to the lack of strong heavyweight prospects, the Spike TV and the UFC has not showcased the weight class since the show’s second season. But for Slice, the UFC might be willing to make an exception because when asked whether they would do a heavyweight season just for Slice, White grinned and then chuckled before responding, “We might do that.”