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Kimbo Slice draws more viewers than any other UFC fight in 2009, shatters “TUF Finale” record

KimboSpike TV’s telecast of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” live finale on Saturday, December 5 was the most watched final episode in the 10 seasons of the TUF franchise, peaking with 5.2 million viewers and a 5.9 rating with Men 18-34 for the Kimbo Slice-Houston Alexander fight. The over 5 million viewers were the most to watch a live UFC fight in 2009.

Overall, the three-hour fight card drew 3.7 million viewers, a 2.4 household rating, a 4.6 in Men 18-34 and was the most-watched show on cable with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 for the day.

“The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” live finale was the third most-watched UFC fight card ever.

Roy “Big Country” Nelson was named “The Ultimate Fighter” after knocking out Brendan Schaub with a devastating right hand to the head in the first round of their main event bout. Earlier in the night, Slice won a unanimous three-round decision over Alexander for his first victory in the UFC.

Season 10 of Spike TV’s signature franchise, “The Ultimate Fighter,” was the most-watched ever for the series, bucking the common trend of a show’s ratings to erode over time. The series drew an average of 3.4 million viewers as compared to an average of 2 million viewers for the previous nine seasons.

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31 COMMENTS
  • Nick Havok says:

    *toot toot*

    All aboard!

    Next stop for the Kimbo hype-train…PAY PER VIEW!

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  • ndizzle says:

    there no way they will get rid if him,even if he doesnt improve.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Not until he loses several in a row. If they can find more fights that he can win, they can keep up the cash flow that he brings. Granted they’ll also be doing the same thing that they blasted EliteXC for.

    Hopefully he will get better though. I know he’s not much of a “Mixed” martial artist right now, but he brings lots of new fans to the sport. If he can improve and show these new fans that there is more to this than standing there and throwing bombs we could have an entire new generation of MMA enthusiasts, and that’s good for everyone.

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  • Rich S. says:

    It’s a good thing he won..

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  • MacBatty says:

    Last Saturday I was reveling as all the Haters ate crow…I dont know why you guys cant get off Kimbos back and let him do his Thang…. You haters sit there and complain that Kimbo sucks but how come out of all the guys in the TUF house he is the only one that had to fight a REAL UFC fighter?

    Can you name another TUF final where a new guy out of the house had to fight a guy like Alexander? If Dana wanted to give him one why didnt he just give him one of the new guys in the house? How come Big Baby didnt have to fight a real UFC fighter?

    And on top of that he cant even get any props from his peers because they think because they did High School wrestling that they have the RIGHT to fight in the UFC. A guy like Mac Danzig who has 1 more win in the octagon than Kimbo can talk crap but, the fact is no one cares about these no name BJ Blackbelts…They are under-card where they belong.
    KIMBO is here to stay guys…Deal with it

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  • xtreme_machine says:

    he will probably get Vladimir Matyushenko next.

    or may be James Irvin but i think he is now at 185

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  • ndizzle says:

    xtreme_machine: he will probably get Vladimir Matyushenko next. or may be James Irvin but i think he is now at 185

    vlad is fighting cantwell

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  • ndizzle says:

    MacBatty: Last Saturday I was reveling as all the Haters ate crow…I dont know why you guys cant get off Kimbos back and let him do his Thang…. You haters sit there and complain that Kimbo sucks but how come out of all the guys in the TUF house he is the only one that had to fight a REAL UFC fighter?

    But the other real ufc fighter didnt fight and was extrmely winded.if they gave him one of the guys from the house he probably would of lost.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    wow never seen those kinda of numbers coming since they have been hyping him up since what April???
    Who will you put him up with next that will do the same numbers? Considering that he had to chase that chicken shit Houston (use to be his fan) around not cutting off corners and just walking into kick after kick and being gassed like he was for really doing nothing when the fight was done?
    Money is money but how much more can they get off this guy with what ever match up they can?
    Havok to put him on PPV it better be a great card cause I know you wouldnt pay just to see him. Its not like they can put him as a co-main event can they?? Not after the performance. And for everyone say how much he has improved……….like how???? All he did was walk into kicks after kicks throwing wild punches. Their was nothing technical about his punches at all or anything else he did. Pretty much what he did in all his you tube videos. Except the guys he would fight will at least throw one punch in the first 30 seconds.
    I dont hate the guy trust me. watching him in the house has made him grow on me except the whole gangster slang and talking when he is a grown ass man. He is just like you an me. The same guy who goes shopping at Wal-Mart. He still has ALOT to learn and the potential I can see. but the window of opportunity for him is pretty much closing. If only he started ten years ago.

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  • Scott H. says:

    So what’s next for Kimbo?

    I think you’d want to set up a win/win. If Slice wins, great, if he loses, it’s to someone the UFC can pump up.

    Hmm… not at top tier fighter… limited ground game… likes to stand and bang…

    At LHW, how about Brian Stann? That would be a good fight.

    Or a smaller HW like Pat Barry? James McSweeney?

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  • Kuch says:

    At least the UFC isn’t referring to Kimbo as the “best striker in the world” like Gary Shaw did. The UFC paints him as someone still learning the craft, which is definitely the best route to take. He’ll lose (maybe even his next fight), but if he’s still learning it isn’t that big of a deal. When he lost in EliteXC, their “world beater” was defeated by a nobody.

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  • Scott H. says:

    If you wanted to sell PPV, it would have to be a big name, like Cro Cop, and that would be pretty short sighted I think… Even the Cro Cop of today would destroy him, and end the money train.

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  • mpwhite2 says:

    I don’t understand why everyone is so jaded against Kimbo. No one is trying to say he’s going to be competing for a belt, all they’re saying is that he’s a legitimate fighter. No, he’s not technically sound. Neither is Keith Jardine, but no one calls him out for being a fraud. You cannot say Kimbo is bad for the sport when he brings in new fans and attracts interest to the UFC. But for some reason people seem to think Kimbo will bring the sport down, and that’s crazy. Unless he beats some serious contenders, he will never headline an event, but he should be on the main card because people want to see him fight, despite what MMA purists would like to believe. He will continue to draw fans because he’s charismatic and he is a good story of coming from poverty and making a life for himself through fighting. Stop making it seem like the only thing that should interest fans is sound, technical fighting, because guys with charisma will always draw more fans than people who don’t (Lesnar, Ortiz, Rampage, etc).

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  • Nick Havok says:

    Kuch: At least the UFC isn’t referring to Kimbo as the “best striker in the world” like Gary Shaw did. The UFC paints him as someone still learning the craft, which is definitely the best route to take. He’ll lose (maybe even his next fight), but if he’s still learning it isn’t that big of a deal. When he lost in EliteXC, their “world beater” was defeated by a nobody.

    I can’t recall Gary Shaw ever claiming Kimbo was the ‘best striker in the world’…and even if he did. So what?

    I don’t think it really matters how kimbo is promoted…for people are still going to tune in to see him fight no matter what.

    Hell, Gary could have said Kimbo was the ‘worst striker in the world’ and I bet the ratings would have been the exact same.

    In a nutshell, all this promotional jargon is just semantics anyways because when it all boils down…the UFC is doing exactly what EXC did.

    …using Kimbo to pull in gigantic ratings. Bottom line. End of story.

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  • Nick Havok says:

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  • ndizzle says:

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  • Guthookd says:

    I don’t even care if he’s not that good or if he improves really. I think Kimbo vs. any of the following would be fun to watch.

    Stephen Bonnar
    Forest Griffin
    Doug Marshal
    Brian Stan
    James Irvin
    Vladimir

    and even Chuck and CroCop.

    I would tune in to any one of those fights….via mma linker that is>>

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  • egad81 says:

    If the UFC plays their cards right (and they usually do) they will build their brand on spike by strategically using Kimbo against mid level stand up fighters. If he wins 2 or 3 more fights we will see him in a Main Event PPV versus a top contender.

    I dont see Kimbos body standing up to the pressures of the top tier fighters but other aging veterans like Tito Ortiz or Chuck would make for a SUPER PPV Draw.

    Now if we could just get Bobby Lashley in the UFC…..

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    mpwhite2 I have 4 friends who all know kimbo for the guy who went to his car to get his gun after getting subed in practice and not liking it to much.
    do I know this story to be true???? No. But its still out there.
    like is said I dont hate the guy. he has grown on me. from watching him in the house I can relate to him.
    comparing Kimbo to Jardine is just silly.
    Jardine knows how to cut off corners and stalk down his opponent like a real striker can. He also dosent just walk into kick after kick over and over and if he is gassed after his fight its because he was doing some thing.
    But its a two way street as well. Houston didnt do him any favors running like that, but I guess for all the NEW fans kimbo is bringing in I guess Houston should have just stand there and get clocked so all the kimbo lovers can justify him still being someone that everyone wants to watch. Cause its not for his skill.
    Kimbo will be a draw as long as the Hypocrite Dana can milk as much as he can out of him. And thats all he will be good for.
    Thats why IMO this is not good for what MMA REALLY STANDS FOR.
    where are the tears for the fighters who dont see the need to be all thuggish and make internet video’s knocking out bums.
    I guess thats the price you have to pay with making you way up the ladder with nothing but blood sweat and a good old fashion hard work.
    or I could be wrong

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  • Snoop Dogg says:

    Okay lets face it Kimbo has been doing MMA for a while now and his ground game is something you could acheive in a month of hard training if you were a rookie. Kimbo’s ground game is terrible and it will always be terrible.

    Lets say Kimbo has been grappling for 3 years he should be around a purple belt level in BJJ. I wouldn’t give him a stripe on his white belt. I can’t believe all the fans that are starting to buy the hype. Kimbo was spoonfed Alexander. I have never once thought a fight was rigged in the UFC but after watching those exchanges last weekend I am really starting to wonder. Alexander has never feared anybody he has gone to the ground with black belts and has KO’d boxing and Mauy Thai specalists but then he shows up and is scared of Kimbo? Something smells funny here and my ass if Kimbo only was paid 25k.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Snoop I didnt want to bring it up.
    Thats why my earlier statement
    “Considering that he had to chase that chicken shit Houston (use to be his fan)”
    I use to be. I never had seen this side of Houston. EVER.
    Im not mad that he lost. That happens especially with the caliber of fighter Houston is there is always 80% chance he is going to get ko’ed as well cause he has a pretty suspect chin. But not to engage at all in the 1st round like that from a man who has never had any fear in the cage.
    Fixed???? dont like that word when it comes to shit like this and im still on the side that Houston was generally scared
    but your right something smells real bad

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  • qat says:

    i dont think anything was fixed there. houston didnt delivered and had a horrible gameplan, but its not like he is the smartest fighter out there.., and lets not forget he came from 3 back-to-back ufc-losses. so its not that surprising he tried to start slow checking kimbo out.

    when it was known that kimbo would go into the house, everyone was like “110% they gonna manipulate the coaches and gonna make kimbo have the last fight, so he has time to train and improve” that thought even crossed my mind to be honest. but what happened? he had to fight the top-favorite instantly…

    and im not complaining about guys who just wanna watch kimbo fight. eventually they will see the beauty of this sport and gonna get sucked in. that cant be bad. and if they lose interest when kimbo loses, which will undoubtedly happen not so far away, then they will not become real fans, and the hype will die, so what. or maybe they get interested in the guy who smashed kimbo?
    either way, im sure joe silva and the ufc will give him good opponents. maybe they gonna chose guys who fits his style, but its not like they haven’t done that before to fighters who are not contenders.

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  • Midget says:

    Something seemed a bit off with the fight.
    Am still wondering why Houston didn’t pounce on Kimbo in 3rd round after he dropped him with the leg kick. He seemed to just give Kimbo time to recover. He couldn’t have been worried about a sub from Kimbo off his back. And he must have known that was his golden opportunity to try finish the fight as he was down on the judges scorecards.

    Just don’t get it!

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  • MacBatty says:

    You guys are a bunch of posers….Trying to act like watching a mma grappling match is what you watch the UFC for…. whats wrong with watching a fight for the entertainment value? Why does every fight have to be 2 guys with the exact same skill set?

    Who cares what Kimbo did before getting into MMA? Would you like to be judged for what you did 5 years ago? Something tells me you weren’t smart enough to put yourself on YouTube otherwise i might know who YOU were!

    You sit there and watch two men try to tear each others heads off but now you have a “code” as to who can participate in your “honorable” sport……..You guys all hate Brock but you cant say Shit because he is the King ……so Kimbo is your next best thing.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Nothing is wrong with watching a fight for the entertainment value. The problem with this Kimbo fight is that there was almost no entertainment value in it. They didn’t engage for almost the entire first round, the second round had some fun moments, but by the third round they were both too exhausted to even try to put the other away.
    And not every fight is a match up of two people with the same skill set, if you think that you obviously watch Roy Nelson (a seasoned veteran who has fought former UFC champions) take out relative newcomer Shaub.
    The reason people care about what Kimbo did before he got into MMA is because it’s interesting. He came from nothing, was one of the first people to build a name for themselves entirely on the internet, and now he’s fighting for the largest MMA organization on the planet.

    And for the honor code thing. There’s always been a code of honor in any combat sport throughout history. Every culture has had it’s own sport, but that underlying code of ethics and honor was always there.

    People rip on Kimbo because he gets a disproportionate amount of exposure and press compared to his skill set. Skill wise he is light years away from fighters like Anderson Silva, Machida, GSP, BJ Penn, Velasquez, etc.. but we’ve heard more about Kimbo than about any of them lately.
    It’s not Kimbo’s fault, and if I were in the same boat he’s in, I would milk it for all it’s worth too. But there are a ton of fighters out there that have much higher skill sets than Kimbo and have “paid their dues” that haven’t gotten any shots at all, much less the chance to fight for 2 of the larger organizations on national TV. That’s why Kimbo gets ripped on.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Dufresne: And not every fight is a match up of two people with the same skill set, if you think that you obviously watch Roy Nelson (a seasoned veteran who has fought former UFC champions) take out relative newcomer Shaub.

    …obviously *DIDN’T* watch…

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  • madheartmma says:

    moosebaby02 says: “I dont hate the guy trust me. watching him in the house has made him grow on me except the whole gangster slang and talking when he is a grown ass man” GROWN ASS MAN? Is that NOT “gangsta slang”? trust me…that sounds like a hater. Anyway
    WTF does it matter how talks? He is who he is, I don’t think the environment ,culture, or part of the country he grew up in, therefore influencing how he talks , should matter. Any way, HE’S GOOD FOR MMA, It proves how mma can change, FOR THE BETTER, a person who grew up in a lot worse circumstances, situations, etc. He seems humble, Eager to Learn, respectful. And he’s a good role-model, someone who turned his life around. And is re-making a NAME FOR HIMSELF. Any way Houston Alexander, before this fight was a beast! He CRUSHED 2 Respectful opponents , A lot of people thought Kimbo was gonna get crushed, but he pulled Alexander’s hoe-card. Kimbo is a rookie in the UFC, Does anyone agree? I mean who follows mma? They’ll now. Later-Haters.

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  • xtreme_machine says:

    how scary the world would be if Kimbo beats …………….Brock Lesnar

    or Fedor (ok now you are just talking crazy)

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  • Dufresne says:

    It would be scary, but so would a zombie apocalypse, which is much more likely.

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  • Yourdaddydevilandlord says:

    I just don’t understand who all of these other people are. If you don’t like to watch fighting enough to be into MMA and the UFC, why are you trolling youtube to watch random dudes fight in backyards? It’s not like grandma hates all MMA but has a wet one for Kimbo’s big bearded ass is it? Who are these people!? If you are into fighting enough to watch Kimbo sloppily pant and jab for three rounds, why are you not into the Frankie Edgar fight which was sick!?! Why are you not exited for Penn vs. Sanchez which has virtually no chance of being boring and quite possibly one of the most intense, fast, technical mma fights ever. If you don’t know who they are, fucking ask someone! If Kimbo got you into it, fine, great! Royce Gracie got me into mma but I wouldn’t pay to see him fight anymore because the game evolved past him and there are better fights out there. What the hell is so special about Kimbo?

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  • stonehands says:

    the ufc needs a cruiser weight division soon, from 205 to 245 lbs, cause who at 220 could fight lesnar or carwin. The the heavies can be from 246 to 265 lbs. which even lesnar has trouble making weight at 265 lbs.

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