Bout report by Kid Nate: Just as all the participating Bloody Elbow staff members predicted, Roy Nelson beat Kimbo Slice by TKO on tonight's episode of The Ultimate Fighter.
The finish came in the second round of their exhibition match.Slice acquitted himself well for the standing portion of the fight in both rounds, but on the ground he had no answer for Nelson's considerable ground skills.
In the first round the two had an extended feeling out process on the feet with Nelson scoring the first blows with some ineffectual jabs. Around the three minute mark, Slice cornered Nelson against the cage and was peppering him with hard punches when "Big Country" forced the clinch and began working for the takedown. The street fighter managed to stay on his feet for over a full minute in the clinch before falling to a trip with 1:34 remaining. Nelson immediately claimed the mount position before transitioning to side mount. From there Nelson achieved the crucifix position -- trapping Slice's right arm with his legs and pinning Kimbo's left arm with his right hand. Slice very nearly used the fence to sweep Nelson but failed to dislodge the veteran MMA fighter. Nelson ended the round scoring with punches to a helpless Kimbo but not doing major damage.
Regardless it was very reminiscent of Dan Miragliotta's failure to stop the fight on Kimbo's EliteXC CBS debut against James Thompson when Thompson had a similar position and was raining down even harder shots.
Between rounds, Kimbo's coach Rampage Jackson advised him to hang on and stall for a restart should he be taken down again. Slice came out aggressive in the second round and scored with both hands but failed to stagger his opponent. Nelson got the takedown in the first 45 seconds of the round and needed only seconds to get back to side mount. From there he immediately worked to reestablish the crucifix position and began raining down shots. Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight with 3:00 left to go.