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Why Kimbo Slice does belong in the UFC

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As expected, the UFC debut of Kimbo Slice drew a huge audience. With the beating of Houston Alexander, a dangerous fighter with an impressive resume, it can easily be seen as a coming-out party for Kimbo. Others, however, see this as just another example of the UFC leaning toward sports entertainment, and not simply a sport. Although I’m not really sold on Kimbo being a legit force at any weight class, I think the popular belief that  he impedes the progress of MMA rising to legitimacy is merely exaggeration. There are, however, a few things about the setup that were unfair to the rest of the fighters on The Ultimate Fighter. I didn’t like seeing Kimbo (who got eliminated in the first round) get a special catchweight fight on the main card, while the more skilled TUF fighter Justin Wren settled for the undercard. The only other TUF contestants on the main card were Marcus Jones and Matt Mitrione, which was mainly due to the hyped "bad blood" they had towards the end of the season. All that aside, I can see the UFC’s reasoning for Kimbo’s placement.

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