Kimbo Slice finally gets the respect he wanted from UFC fans with his first legitimate win over a true UFC calibur fighter in Houston Alexander. I for one was cheering Slice on while watching the event, and couldn’t be more surprised at how much he had improved. He has had a rough and rocky road to the UFC with smack talk from Dana White himself, but now even White has gone on record with positive talk about Slice.
“I guess the first round we were feeling each other out. Neither one of us wanted to foolishly rush in. Every fighter’s got a puncher’s chance, so I guess neither one of us wanted to take that chance of getting KOed in the first round. Knowing that I cut weight I knew that I was a little bit stronger than he was because he’s normally a light heavyweight and I’m normally a heavyweight. I knew within the fight that I was gonna get a slam, I just wanted to wait until the right time and capitalize on a good one. On the inside I actually feel good — it’s the outside, I took some good kicks to the shin. We practiced checking them, but in the fight, with the adrenaline flowing, you can take a good 7-8 kicks before they start taking their toll and you say ‘Oh yeah, check, I can check them,’ but by that time the kicks had taken their toll a little bit.”
“I don’t know what Houston Alexander’s corner was doing, but that was the worst game plan they could have ever come up with…. I am not sure if Kalib Starnes was training him or what, but that wasn’t the Houston Alexander I had seen fight before. I don’t think I have to apologize to Kimbo. I helped him. I said what I did and he did the thing athletes do: He went out there and he worked and he made himself better. He deserves credit. He took me up on the offer I made, did what he had to do and went out and beat a legitimate UFC fighter.”