Kimbo Slice has never had to cut weight before in his life, so for a 35-year-old former street fighter trying to become a legitimate mixed martial artist it’s no surprise he’s struggling with the process.
“I’m going to be straight-up honest with you, man, the last time I was at this weight was in middle school,” said Slice, who faces fellow striker Houston Alexander. “(The weight cut’s) not good. Not good. (I’m) moody. You just don’t feel the same, you know what I’m saying? It’s mental, but it’s not a good feeling, to be honest with you. I’m a little anxious.”
For the record, Kimbo is cutting down from his normal weight of 230-235 to an agreed upon catchweight limit of 215 pounds which is basically the halfway mark for the UFC’s light heavyweights. His opponent, Houston Alexander, said just yesterday he’s currently weighing in at 209 pounds, so Kimbo will certainly have the size-advantage, but will the cut adversely affect his potential to perform on Saturday night?
We’ll find out then, but it’s not the best sign for someone who hopes to have a legitimate career as an “ultimate fighter.” It’s hard to imagine Kimbo finding much success against the much larger wrestlers in the division. His best bet seems to be in the light heavyweight division where he has a better chance of staying off his back, but if he’s unwilling or incapable to put the work in to fight at 205 lbs., he’s going to need to improve his takedown defense dramatically.
If that’s the direction he chooses to go in, it doesn’t sound like his current training camp at ATT is where he’ll be working on it though.
Reporter: “Overall, how do you feel about the experience at American Top Team the last couple months of preparation?”
Slice: “For what it’s worth, I guess it’s OK.”
Reporter: “That’s it? Just OK?”
Like just about everyone else, I found Kimbo to be a very likable person during the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. I want to see him succeed, so hopefully his tepid attitude towards ATT was more about it not being the right fit and less about him not willing to do what it takes to improve himself as a mixed martial artist.
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