Do you guys remember Kimbo Slice? He was the absolute hotness about 8-9 months ago. The world of MMA was abuzz with Kimbo fever and everyone was wondering if he was on his way to superstardom.
Unfortunately, as intimidating as Slice was during his street brawls, he didn’t quite translate into the world of MMA. In fact, he promptly got knocked out by Seth Petruzelli, a skilled but hardly headlining MMA fighter. This loss began a downward spiral for EliteXC, the company promoting Slice, and ultimately led to a franchise shut down (which I wrote about here).
EliteXC is still gone, but Slice is looking to make a comeback. The UFC runs an annual show called “The Ultimate Fighter” wherein two groups of potential MMA professionals get together and duke it out in tournament style elimination matches to find out who is best. The show is presented like a reality TV program, following the fighters as they live together in a giant mansion and struggle not to get wasted and punch each other out before the real fights start.
This year Slice will be joining them.
This is an interesting move for UFC president Dana White who has openly doubted Slice’s skill in the past. He and many professional MMA fighters believe that this particular opportunity is perfect for Slice as “Ultimate Fighter” is a proving ground and has supplied the UFC with some of its most dynamic combatants to date.
This push to involve the ratings-friendly Kimbo is coming shortly after a successful yet risky gamble on former WWE superstar Brock Lesner.
Lesnar, who is an absolute mountain of a human being, also struggled during his debut into MMA. White, being a very savvy business owner, must have seen potential for Lesnar’s abilities and marketability because he supported the big man and gave him a second shot, which Lesnar used to secure the heavyweight UFC title from Randy Couture.
Will Slice have the same success as Lesnar? It’s hard to say. But one thing is for sure – “Ultimate Fighter” will be giving us some very interesting and entertaining clips as Slice makes his second bid for MMA glory.
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“The Student’s Guide to Surviving a Traditional Dojo” is beginning to enter its final stages.
At the end of the ebook, I want to have a collection of tips and advice from all kinds of different practitioners. The topic is:
What’s your best piece of advice for surviving long-term martial arts training?
You can write as little as a sentence or as much as two paragraphs. Leave your response in the comments section to this blog post or in the original ebook post (or via email at ikigai108 @ gmail.com). Include your real name and style, and a link to your website (if you have one). Everyone selected for inclusion will get their name,style, and a hyperlink back to their website (which is a great way to increase exposure). You needn’t be a black belt to respond, but you should definitely have a few years of experience under your belt and be at least around the brown belt range.
I’ve had some great responses so far and I want to make sure everybody gets a chance to be a part of this project!
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Breaking news out of Bangkok, Thailand. Actor David Carradine (1936-2009) was found dead earlier today in his Park Nai Lert hotel room. Carradine was reportedly found hanged by the neck, naked, in his closet.
The body was discovered when Carradine was late to a meal with film crew during a recent shooting of Stretch.
According to police officials, there was no sign of struggle and the case will likely be reported as a suicide.
Carradine, 72, was most famous for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the television series “Kung Fu”. The actor also had an illustrious movie career, recently experiencing a reimergence in popularity due to his work in Kill Bill Volume I and II. Carradine also experienced success in the realms of broadway and voiceover acting.
According to the website TMZ.com, Carradine had expressed some suicidal tendencies in the past. Quote:
“In a 2004 interview dug up by the Telegraph Newspaper, the 72-year-old actor revealed that he once considered shooting himself, saying: ‘Look, there was a period in my life when I had a single action Colt 45, loaded, in my desk drawer.
And every night I’d take it out and think about blowing my head off, and then decide not to and go on with my life. Put it back in the drawer and open up the laptop and continue writing my autobiography or whatever. But it was just to see.’” – TMZ
The world’s of acting and martial arts have suffered a significant loss today.
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