There’s a rumor floating around the MMA media ether, and as rumors go, this one is a doozy. Middle Easy was the first to speak of it yesterday.
Woah, Kimbo Slice signed with Bellator? That’s the rumor at least.
— MiddleEasy (@MiddleEasy) June 16, 2014
Let that sink in for a moment.
Yeah, that’s right, Kimbo Slice – the MOST popular MMA fighter of all time. The backyard brawler turned MMA star upon which whose shoulders EliteXC stood (and eventually stood no longer). The beloved slugger who garnered over three million viewers for the pre-recorded episode of The Ultimate Fighter in which he fought on. The man who headlined the first MMA show to ever air on network television.
Yes, that guy.
Kimbo was last seen in the Octagon back in 2010, losing via TKO to Matt Mitrione. He hasn’t been completely stagnant, though; the 40-year old has been boxing, winning his last bout back in January of 2013.
Why would Bellator want him? I mean, Kimbo would pose almost no threat to any legitimate heavyweight out there. The answer to that question is simple: MONSTER RATINGS. Of all the fighters on the planet, no one draws them in like he does. No one.
Looks like we’re going to have to wait and see if this rumor pans out.