As expected, Kimbo Slice (3-1) will make his first official appearance inside the Octagon at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale, which is slated for "The Pearl" at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 5.
Spike TV today officially announced his participation on the card; however, his opponent -- who is rumored to be Houston Alexander -- will be revealed "at a later date."
Slice was invited to compete on the latest mixed martial arts reality series by company president Dana White. For years White had lambasted Slice while he competed under the Elite XC banner, feeling he did not deserve all the promotion and hype as a top fighter in the sport just because of his reputation as a backyard brawler in the mean streets of Miami.
So White was probably not surprised when Roy Nelson, arguably the best fighter in the house, took out Slice in episode three with a second round technical knockout.
On the other hand, he was probably pleasantly surprised when the monster ratings poured in for the network -- Spike TV set all-time viewership records thanks to the Slice factor. And when he laces 'em up on Dec. 5 the promotion and the network can expect more of the same.
Slice has not competed since the infamous 14-second technical knockout loss to Seth Petruzelli at Elite XC: "Heat" more than one year ago (Oct. 4, 2008).
TUF 10 Finale will feature a showdown between the top two finalists from the Spike TV reality show, as well as a light heavyweight war featuring Jon "Bones" Jones as he inches his way closer to contention against Matt "The Hammer" Hamill.
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