Kimbo Slice cut from UFC after loss to Matt Mitrione in Montreal
The pay-per-view (PPV) numbers aren’t even in yet, but that didn’t stop UFC President Dana White from saying goodbye to one of his most promising, and controversial, box office draws.
Kimbo Slice — who rose to fame and fortune as a bareknuckle brawler on the streets of Miami, Fla. — was fired from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after his first official loss inside the Octagon.
White made the surprise announcement at the UFC 113: “Machida vs. Shogun 2” post-event press conference, saying the former Elite XC poster boy was “done” after a less than stirring (and losing) performance against his The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 castmate, Matt Mitrione.
Slice started off his night in Montreal with a bang, rag dolling the former 250-pound NFL veteran all across the eight-walled cage in the early going of the three-round bout. But it didn’t take long for Mitrione to throw up a triangle choke from his back, which appeared to have him in serious trouble.
He escaped the submission attempt, as well as several others, but couldn’t get out of the way of Mitrione’s powerful leg kicks. It appeared to sap the spirit of Slice and it was only a matter of time before Mitrione mounted and then pounded out Slice en route to a second round technical knockout win.
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After postfight cheap shot, Daley cut from UFC by Dana White
Paul Daley had a bright future in the UFC. With two straight knockout wins, his name was in discussion for a title shot, but after he lost a decision to Josh Koscheck, Daley ended his UFC career with one, quick punch.
The sucker punch Daley threw after Koscheck bout was the last punch he threw in the UFC, as UFC president Dana White announced that Daley was cut from the promotion for his antics.
“He’s done. I don’t give a [expletive] if he’s the best 170-pounder in the world, he’ll never come back here again,” White said in the postfight press conference.
“He’ll never come back. I’m probably the most lenient guy in sports and this is proboably one of the most lenient organziations. You know we’re all human, we all make mistakes, things happen. There’s no excuse for that. These guys are professional athletes. You don’t ever hit a guy blatantly after the bell like that whether you’re frustrated or not.”
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