Dana White: MMA promoter and MMA prophet
About three and a half months ago, Dana White was a guest on the wildly popular Opie and Anthony show. Shock jock Greg “Opie” Hughes asked a question about the Kimbo Slice phenomenon, and Dana had the following to say:
“Here’s my beef with Kimbo Slice… I’ll give it to you too that he is training and taking it serious, but this guy was fighting in back yards a few months ago. The reality is if I put Kimbo Slice on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ the reality show, he wouldn’t win it.”
Dana With must have been smiling ear to ear last Saturday when he found out that “Ultimate Fighter 2” cast member Seth Petruzelli would replace Ken Shamrock as Kimbo Slice’s opponent for the main event of CBS/EliteXC Saturday Night Fights.
Seth Petruzelli drops Kimbo Slice with a short right (Photo Courtesy of EliteXC)
Petruzelli was a member of the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter 2” and competed as a heavyweight. He was eliminated in the semi-finals by MMA newcomer Brad Imes after defeating Dan Christison by unanimous decision in an elimination bout.
Seth Petruzelli’s career in the UFC did not last long. He lost to both Matt Hamill and Wilson Gouveia before being released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He took a year off from sanctioned competition and was unceremoniously welcomed back to the cage by being thrown right into the main event against EliteXC’s golden boy.
To Petruzelli’s credit, he showed the world what can happen when you have made a career, and a life, out of training in the martial arts.
Petruzelli’s dominance over Kimbo Slice is a nightmare for EliteXC. Their number one draw was defeated by a light heavyweight who couldn’t cut it in the best mixed martial arts promotion in the world; furthermore, Petruzelli made Kimbo look like a complete amateur. Kimbo mounted no offense whatsoever. A 14 second knockout is completely embarrassing for the hyped fighter.
This fight isa testament of the true skill that it takes to complete at a high level in mixed martial arts. Kimbo Slice may have the heart of a warrior and be legitimately training MMA, but it’s going to be years before he is a real threat to any fighter who has competed in the highest level of the game. If Seth Petruzelli can expose his flaws in 14 seconds, I can only imagine what the upper echelon of UFC talent would do to him.