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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.”


Audio courtesy of the Opie and Anthony Show – www.oandaradio.com

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.

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2008 at 2:42 pm by lvollmer. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: CBS, Dana White, EliteXC, Jim Norton, Kimbo Slice, MMA, Opie and Anthony, podcast, Saturday Night Fights, Seth Petruzelli, The Ultimate Fighter, UFC

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Web programmer by day, practicing mixed martial artist at night, Larry Vollmer Jr. brings the latest news from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the rest of the mixed martial arts world - a fast-spreading obsession on TV and online. These are the bouts - they occur in an octagon-shaped "ring" - that test men's souls.