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Crazy Rumor of the Day: Kimbo Slice to Bellator

There’s a rumor floating around the MMA media ether, and as rumors go, this one is a doozy. Middle Easy was the first to speak of it yesterday.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Yeah, that’s right, Kimbo Slice – the MOST popular MMA fighter of all time. The backyard brawler turned MMA star upon which whose shoulders EliteXC stood (and eventually stood no longer). The beloved slugger who garnered over three million viewers for the pre-recorded episode of The Ultimate Fighter in which he fought on. The man who headlined the first MMA show to ever air on network television.

Yes, that guy.

Kimbo was last seen in the Octagon back in 2010, losing via TKO to Matt Mitrione. He hasn’t been completely stagnant, though; the 40-year old has been boxing, winning his last bout back in January of 2013.

Why would Bellator want him? I mean, Kimbo would pose almost no threat to any legitimate heavyweight out there. The answer to that question is simple: MONSTER RATINGS. Of all the fighters on the planet, no one draws them in like he does. No one.

Looks like we’re going to have to wait and see if this rumor pans out.

 

 

What UFC 174 Taught Us

Saturday night’s UFC 174 – which saw flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson deliver a sound drubbing to challenger Ali Bagautinov for five whole rounds – was very educational for those of us watching. For instance, who knew that a former UFC champ who’d been away from the Octagon for over six years was going to suck? Here then are some important lessons learned from watching UFC 174. Continue after the Jump ››

UFC 174 Chat – Where the Big Guys Watch the Little Guys

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Duane Ludwig’s days as head coach of Team Alpha Male are complete, as the instructor finished up work recently at the California gym. Ludwig will be opening his own gym in his native home of Colorado, but plans to continue working with several members of the fight camp.

Ludwig will be cornering Chad Mendes for his featherweight title fight at UFC 176, and UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw has stated plans to remain in close contact with Ludwig as he defends his belt.

Dillashaw snapped a picture of the entire crew before “Bang” departed, and even Urijah Faber got in on the action. Faber has previously stated in interviews that he did not completely agree with Ludwig’s coaching. He will be cornered by new head coach Martin Kampmann next month against Alex Caceres at UFC 175.

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Jason High was cut from the UFC by Dana White for his involvement with an official after a recent loss to Rafael dos Anjos.

Following the fight being stopped, High pushed the referee. A few days later, it was revealed he had been cut from the promotion.

On the heels of Chael Sonnen’s retirement announcement, High sounded off on both matters via Twitter.

“Push steroids, not referees,” he wrote, along with the hashtag NOTED.

High, who had won two straight before moving down to lightweight and facing dos Anjos, later added, “IT WAS AN ACCIDENT! Oh well…”

So far, Bellator officials have stated no interest in signing High, while the World Series of Fighting said they would look into it.

This isn’t the first time the UFC has acted quickly following a post-fight incident, as they released Paul Daley for his actions against Josh Koscheck after the bell sounded. Daley has yet to be brought back despite putting together an impressive record.

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