The Kimbo Slice Bubble

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That's the name of my new article over at Sherdog.com. Notable quote:

If there is any professional fighter in North American MMA whose popularity is borderline inversely proportional to his achievements in professional competition, the much-ballyhooed former street brawler turned MMA fighter Kimbo Slice tops the ballot.

For MMA, Slice has trailblazed uncharted territory. Never before has a fighter made such a deep cultural imprint and rose to heights of popularity reserved only for the benighted current or future hall of famers so quickly without notching a single win over a sturdy challenger. There are real justifications for his popularity, to be sure, but there is also valid concern that the architecture that built his success could be shown to be a house of cards under the right pressure.

The pertinent issue then becomes whether or not Slice is the beneficiary of his own popularity bubble. And if he is, is Ken Shamrock the dose of reality set to bring Slice -- and the organization he fights for -- back to a significantly more humbled reality? Forecasting such a future is difficult, but one matter is beyond reproach: The results could be ugly.

This is the sort of article where everyone is going to agree or call me terrible names. Let's see what happens.

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