From a fan’s perspective, I’ve been enjoying all this UFC counter-programming Spike has been throwing at their old partners. A full day of UFC Unleashed leading up to a fight night? Cool! Fights I can flip to between the live matches and during commercials? The less advertisements for Thrillbillies I have to endure, the better. Now Spike is taking things to the next level with their TUF counterstrike, adding fresh Kimbo Slice action to their ‘Ultimate Fighter Fridays’ rerun line-up:
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson – the star of the highest-rated season of “The Ultimate Fighter” in the show’s history – is making a return to the reality series. Sort of.
Ferguson will host Spike TV’s debut of “The Ultimate Fighter Fridays” on March 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The weekly three-hour specials counter-program new episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter 15,” which also debuts March 9 – on FX, the series’ new broadcast home.
Ferguson will share details and new footage from “TUF 10,” in which he competed alongside the likes of Brendan Schaub, Matt Mitrione and eventual show champion Roy Nelson. The heavyweights-only season of the reality series shattered previous records and averaged a staggering 3.4 million weekly viewers.
Here’s hoping they put him in a smoking jacket next to a fire as he introduces clips with a pipe hanging from his lips and a twinkle in his eye. “Here’s Rampage Jackson showing us how highschool-style bullying still occurs in the real world. And after the break: Did Zak Jensen really jizz all over the communal shower stall?” Tell us, Kimbo! Share your TUF stories with the world!
I’m expecting a little insight and a lot of awkward hosting. More awkward than Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin robo-hosting the ‘Top 25 TUF Moments’ show? We can only hope. And while I’m determined not to give a sh*t about nerd crap like MMA ratings this year, I can’t help but wonder how adding Kimbo will affect ratings. TUF reruns seem like a hard sell, but there’s no denying the world loves Kimbo: TUF 10 was perhaps the worstiest TUF in the history of TUFs (impressive considering season 4), and it still smashed records week after week with Kimbo as the hook. Plus there was Kimbo’s EliteXC debut on CBS, which held the record for most watched MMA fight in North America right up until November’s Velasquez vs Dos Santos fight on FOX.
They aren’t joking when they say CBS crowds skew slightly older.