That's what John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News thinks :
In the late 1990s, the boxing community unveiled a cartoonish giant named Eric Esch - "Butterbean." A big galoot with no formal training, he got his break via the old bar-brawl contest known as the Toughman series. He was The Next Big Thing.
Except he wasn't, and the farce played a large role in boxing's decline.
Saturday night on CBS, mixed martial arts will unveil a cartoonish giant named Kimbo Slice (actual name Kevin Ferguson, which we'll probably never hear again). Like Butterbean, he is a big galoot with no formal training; his fame derives from street brawls that captured a cult following on YouTube. He is The Next Big Thing.
Instead of being a sign of the downfall, though, Kimbo Slice is the headliner of MMA's long-awaited, much-debated entry into mainstream America.
Times, and sports, have changed.