I don't know much about MMA, though I know a lot of MMA fans talk about how Kimbo Slice isn't one of the better MMA fighters around. But there's no denying he's not only a YouTube sensation but a Nielsen ratings beast. The last time he was on Spike when he fought Roy Nelson it set ratings records for the network. A return visit was never in doubt...
Via press release:
Kimbo Slice's First Official Fight In The UFC To Take Place On Spike TV December 5
NEW YORK, Nov. 23 -- Kimbo Slice, the wildly popular mixed martial arts heavyweight and member of the cast of "The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights," will fight for the first time in the UFC live on Spike TV Saturday, December 5 at 9:00pm. Slice will appear in a bout on "The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights" finale fight card emanating from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
Slice's opponent will be announced at a later date, pending on what transpires on the special two-hour "The Ultimate Fighter" episode on Wednesday, December 2 (9:00-11:00pm ET/PT). Despite suffering a loss in episode 3 to Roy Nelson, Slice has the opportunity to return to fight on the show if a cast mate is injured and compete for the coveted title of "The Ultimate Fighter."
Season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter" on Spike TV is the highest-rated in the franchise history, averaging 3.6 million viewers and a 4.7 rating with Men 18-34 and a 3.8 rating with Men 18-49. It is currently one of the highest-rated shows with Men 18-34 on all of television.
Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom ( VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is www.spike.com.