The Ultimate Fighter: Season 10 – Episode 3: “The Enemy”

Nelson vs Slice

On last week’s episode, “All About Survival,” we saw two amateurish fighters just wear each other down. In the end, James McSweeney won by decision over the giant, Wes Shivers. But tonight is the night we’ve really all been waiting for — the biggest fight in the history of The Ultimate Fighter, with an expected viewership of over 6 Million. It’s hard to believe it’s happening so soon in the season, but IFL-veteran Roy Nelson will take on brawler Kimbo Slice. Will Kimbo be the flash in the pan that so many expect him to be? Or will Big Country crumble under the pressure? Who will be standing with their hand raised in victory?

The sun is setting on the house as Kimbo waxes poetic about what he’s learned in life. His deep thought: that when he shaves his beard, he’ll be a new Kimbo. While in the house, he realizes why he’s been fighting all these years, realizing that he is his own enemy. Kimbo says several of the other guys have a chip on his shoulder, but not him. He’s a family man. He is who is.

The meaning of this fight is not lost on anyone. The other guys in the house talk about how huge this fight is — PPV level even.

Roy acknowledges that Kimbo is a nice guy and doesn’t blame him for the hype. He admits that this is probably his last hurrah, and looks to spend 4 or 5 years in the UFC, allowing Dana to lead his way. Rashad sees him as too independent — booking his own fights, training in his own house, etc. — and Rashad wants to get him to break out of that. He picked Roy to fight Kimbo because he knows that Roy won’t be intimidated.

Team Rashad brings in Keith Jardine (who happens to train with Rashad) to help the guys train. Jardine and Rampage joke a little bit, but Rashad tries to provoke Rampage by asking him if his jaw still hurt (referring to when Jardine fought Rampage). This starts yet another “lightly” heated battle…heck, even James McSweeney gets in on it, defending Rashad (lending itself to a new classic Rampage-ism, “Take Rashad’s nuts outta yo mouth…”). Thankfully, the two part before it gets taken to the next level.

Rampage feels that Kimbo is the most shocking thing about this season. And of course, Kimbo then takes some light-hearted jokes from Rampage about his beard (and the “yarmulke” he wears on his head — at least as Rampage calls it). Rampage seems to really see potential in Kimbo and thinks with training he can do well. That being said, they decide to train him in take down defense, and with him on his back. Obviously these are areas he’s expected to lack in. They try to use the biggest guy on Team Rampage (to simulate fighting Nelson), but Kimbo struggles in getting the guy off of him. (And here Rampage jokes and jokes and jokes about the guy’s ‘big belly’ — I have to admit, I’m not a fan of Rampage, but he does make me laugh a lot!)

At the house, some of Roy’s teammates sit around dissecting Kimbo’s game with Roy, and what his weaknesses might be. Basically, they advise Roy to get him in some uncomfortable positions to submit him. Well, duh…even I knew that!

At Team Rampage training the coaches are working the guys hard in conditioning (learning from the Wes Shivers mistake!). Sweat is all over the floor and the guys are busting their asses, when they notice Marcus has gone missing. Rampage finally looks over and sees him benching himself. They discuss the next fight, which apparently Marcus thought he was getting. But how can he fight if he can’t even train? Marcus does not take this well. All Rampage wants him to do is wait until he’s better, and then he can fight. The two kiss and make up soon after. (Rampage-ism #2 to Marcus: Are you on your period?)

Even at the house, the guys tell Marcus he’s too sensitive! He admits to being a softy, which he finds easier than being a jerk. Then he discusses his former passions of playing Dungeons & Dragons and comic book-collecting. Who knew he was such a nerd?! What’s worse? He’s all into flowers and gardening! Yeah…I’m not so intimidated by him anymore. Lucky for him he’s such a big dude. Later, Marcus and Kimbo chat about Kimbo’s legendary fights and how he got started. Marcus respects Kimbo for his attitude and his work ethic. You can’t argue that. And Kimbo returns that respect.

Later, Dana pays a visit to the gym for the official weigh-ins. Dana comments on both fighters. He sees Kimbo as a definite fighter who came to fight. Roy looks like he “just left every buffet in Vegas” but don’t let the physique fool you, he is a well-rounded fighter. Kimbo weighs in at 230lbs, and Roy at a whopping 264lbs.

Several of the guys offer their opinions on this fight — from both sides — and it’s pretty evenly split. There is definitely a feeling of intensity at the gym. No one is selling either guy short. Rashad has a lot of hope for Roy, because he’s great on the ground AND he can stand up and fight. But even Roy admits that Kimbo can knock him out.

FIGHT DAY!!!

Everyone on Team Rampage seems in very high spirits — particularly Rampage who affectionately cuts his hair to look like Kimbo’s!

(wow, I totally have butterflies…)

ROUND 1
They feel each other out at first, both throwing several short jabs. A little slow to start, but Nelson seems to control the pace most with Kimbo backing up tentatively. Kimbo lands a solid leg kick. A minute in and someone is just waiting to break it wide open. More and more jabs from both, even after 2 minutes. Kimbo gets Nelson against the fence, clipping Nelson with a couple solid punches, but then they clinch with Nelson in control. Nelson gets the hooks in and is trying to take Kimbo down. Nelson peppers Kimbo with some knees and shin-kicks. Finally, Nelson sweeps Kimbo, takes him down and mounts him. He’s not doing much in the mount, but Nelson tries to spin Kimbo away from the cage. Nelson tries for his arm, and giving up the mount traps Kimbo’s arm with his leg. Kimbo tries to buck him off, but can’t really. Nelson traps his arm again and rains punches down on Kimbo’s head. With 10 seconds left, Kimbo is not fighting back but the round ends with Nelson landing punch after punch.

ROUND 2
Kimbo starts it with a jab, but he looks tired. Nelson counters, but Kimbo starts swinging big, hitting Nelson with a couple zingers. They clinch a little and Kimbo lands a big knee, but falls back as he does so. Nelsoon lands on top of him and has side control,basically smothering him with his belly. Nelsoon tries to kneel on his arm and pin him crucifix-style, meanwhile landing several punches to Kimbo’s head. Nelson tries to lock his arm up for an armbar, but can’t. However, he does trap the arm once again and Nelson lands countless punches. Kimbo doesn’t even try to defend himself or get out of it. The ref finally stops the fight.

Winner: Roy Nelson via TKO

Pardon me while I do my little happy dance!! Ok, that’s enough…

In the end, Dana is NOT impressed with Roy’s performance. Considering how weak his punches were while on the ground, he says Roy did just enough to win, and not get hit. He adds that now what Kimbo needs to do is stay, train and absorb whatever he can. And Dana makes a good point — on this show, you never know what’s going to happen. It wouldn’t be the first time a fighter gets brought back after losing…

The humble Kimbo tries to play it off that he doesn’t feel bad for losing because he tried…but then he admits that he feels like shit. But he learns from his mistakes and will come back stronger. (And I do have to admit, this is a different Kimbo than who we saw against James Thompson and Seth Petruzelli. He has improved by leaps and bounds. But he’s not at the top quite yet). Roy, he just wants to go home and eat.

Next week: Marcus is a powerhouse, but he collapses at the house, leading to speculation of a Kimbo-comeback! In further TUF Drama, it is discovered that there is a traitor on Team Rashad (seriously? This is a big deal? Doesn’t this happen EVERY season?).

Comments

  1. kimbo was once again disappointing. i can't believe i bought into the hype. big country didn't even look good and he dominated kimbo. i hope marcus doesn't have to give his spot to kimbo because he sucks.

  2. Disappointing as hell. I don't get why they had all the hype this week for that. For that! I feel like a fool for playing in on it. I half expected Kimbo to at least put up a fight.

  3. Shogun of Harlem says:

    i thought kimbo would have more of a ground game. I really didnt think the fight was going to go like that. Rampage's team stinks. He needs to start winning some fights.

  4. comon give the Slice the credit he deserves. The guy is still an amateur, you know the UFC set this TUF superfight up. Nelson is a seasoned veteran, no reason Kimbo should have even made it out of the first round. Kimbo will return to tuf mark my words.

  5. If kimbo was 25 or even 28 and he was in the same situation than maybe he would have a chance to evolve and learn. But he is over 35 and over the hill and does not have the stamina and dicipline to hang with top level modern day mma fighters.

  6. You guys can't be this gullible. If you are, then please send me your bank account numbers, because I know an African prince who needs to make a transfer of 10,000,000 into your account.

    Seriously, though…OBVIOUSLY the UFC knew what they were doing, and they knew how bad Kimbo was. Why do you think they didn't fight to get into the house. Obviously, Kimbo wouldn't have even made it into the house.

    And of course Kimbo has no ground game. Why in the world would you think he did? He got controlled thoroughly by James "I have an alien growing out of my ear" Thompson. Hahaha. Kimbo is a white belt in Jitz…he has nothing on the ground.

    You guys can't possibly think this guy is going to do anything in MMA. He'll eventually go to boxing, cash in his millions, and go feed his kids and live out the rest of his days with all the DVD's of his "glory years as a professional fighter."

  7. I dont understand why people talk so much shit about Kimbo. He doesnt train and has never trained at a TOP level mma gym and getting lessons from Bas Rutten isnt exactly Greg Jackson or Randy Couture or even close to training at any of the top gyms. You guys are talking bad about him but if you remember Arlovski couldnt get Roy Nelson off of him either. Roy Nelson is fucking Huge and a very good fighter. Roy Nelson should be in the ufc. He is very good on the ground and has some decent hands. People seem to forget this. Yes I hate Roys attitude but you cant denty that he was the Fav going into the show. You cant compare Kimbo to top guys when he hasnt been taught by top coaches like those guys. Look at how much better people have gotten after going on this show. I personally think Kimbo did a good job. Defended 1 takedown and landed some solid shots. He avoided getting KOd by a jab and landed a nice kick. Not too bad for a so called bum by so many of the people on the internet.

  8. whoops :) thought it would say duplicate coment didnt mean to do that.

  9. As I have always said, Kimbo is not a fighter. At his peak in his 10 minutes of fame, I use to suggest he go back to fighting crack bums behind the Jack in the Box. Now I feel bad because he seems like a nice person but Kimbo needs to understand that he has no knack for the ground game. I have said it before. I am a recreational submission wrestler and have allways felt that I could tap that guy out. And thats not saying much because I am no where near a top level grappler. Dana new Kimbo was a joke, but still gave him a shot to push TUF ratings and it worked. Any one who still thinks Kimbo belongs or ever will belong in the sport is dilutional at best.

  10. dane drebin says:

    kimbo actually did better than i thought he would. his standup is solid he just has no ground game. i wouldnt mind seeing him vs houston alexander.

  11. This show is fixed it sucks ass terrible season no good fights at all so far, now kimbo is going to come back magically marcus gets sick fuck this show it sucks.

  12. Curva Adelante says:

    Nelson is a black belt in BJJ so it was no surprise that it went to the ground and that he controlled Kimbo there.

    Kimbo sucks.

  13. Nichole Lesniak says:

    @Joe Smith – they didn't fight to get into the house because there weren't enough heavyweights to begin with. This was addressed on several websites. And please, I think Kimbo could've beat SOMEONE to get in the house (ie, Wes Shivers).

    @steve – at least Arlovski TRIED to get Nelson off of him. Kimbo just laid there. And which top guys does Roy Nelson train with? NONE.

    @fino – I agree, I have a newfound respect for Kimbo. He does seem like a genuinely nice guy. He's just not an MMA fighter.

    @stevej – HUH? How is the show fixed? Fighters that lose come back all the time due to other fighters' injuries. This is nothing new.

    @Curva Adelante – that must be one big belt! :P

  14. I dont understand why people talk so much shit about Kimbo. He doesnt train and has never trained at a TOP level mma gym and getting lessons from Bas Rutten isnt exactly Greg Jackson or Randy Couture or even close to training at any of the top gyms. You guys are talking bad about him but if you remember Arlovski couldnt get Roy Nelson off of him either. Roy Nelson is fucking Huge and a very good fighter. Roy Nelson should be in the ufc. He is very good on the ground and has some decent hands. People seem to forget this. Yes I hate Roys attitude but you cant denty that he was the Fav going into the show. You cant compare Kimbo to top guys when he hasnt been taught by top coaches like those guys. Look at how much better people have gotten after going on this show. I personally think Kimbo did a good job. Defended 1 takedown and landed some solid shots. He avoided getting KOd by a jab and landed a nice kick. Not too bad for a so called bum by so many of the people on the internet.

  15. Curva Adelante says:

    Nichole – Ha ha ha! BTW good wright up yo!

    I don't blame Nelson for a bad performance like some are saying.

    Nelson showed us his BJJ. He took down Kimbo and controlled him on the ground. Kimbo had no answers.

    We have to remind ourselves that this is a tournament with very little rest in between fights to heal. Nelson is smart. He wants to win and be in the UFC. This is his ticket to a 6 figure contract and a job. Why bang with a striker and throw it all away on one fight?

    He played it safe and he was smart for that. After all, this is his career.

  16. Curva Adelante says:

    "Write" I mean! :P

  17. Shogun of Harlem says:

    Big Country has a huge belly. Once he gets on top of you it is hard to get him off. I think Kimbo could have beaten some of Rashad's other fighters. I dont think that he could have beaten them all.

    Big Country has some skills. You would not think that by looking at him. He looks like that fat guy in the gym eating his twinkie and watching everyone else work out.

    If any of Rampage's team want to beat him they are going to have to stay off the ground. When he lays on you with that big belly of his it is all over.

  18. we all knew Kimbo was going to lose..i told yall Kimbo wont even win a fight..HA

    But for real watching this TUF season made me really like Kimbo…Its not his fault that Elite xc made him look unbeat able and stuff

  19. How is Roy Nelson a BJJ black belt when they mention in the episode that he's so very independent that he trains at home alone, is his own manager, and doesn't want to listen to anyone? Being a BJJ BB takes years of discipline, training and education. That is, unless he mailed ordered a black belt and had it shipped to his garage where he trains solo. Or…maybe since he trains solo he just gave himself one. He couldn't even get an arm bar on a dead fish opponent. Maybe in his BJJ there a submission move called the Tubbo Platter, where you eat a lot of food and lay on your opponent.

  20. i agree with steve on almost no hw would get roy off of them, at least not with ease.thats not to say that i think kimbo has a ground game.his take down defense looked better but once on the ground any hw in the ufc will beat him.its funny how they are promoting him and trying to get people to think he will fight next week, he won't.i like kimbo and don't mind seeing him fight but the ufc is not his level they will have to bring people in for him to fight to make it interesting.i will say this though he got the toughtest guy in the house and didn't get totally emberrassed he looked better than the first 4 guys.its also funny how since he is with the ufc dana now loves him and although dana said kimbo could only get in the ufc by winning tuf you know we will see kimbo in th ufc even though he lost his first fight and the ufc is promoting him like mad he is the same humble guy that fought in elite and now that he is with the ufc its ok for fans to like him cause dana said.

  21. Shogun of Harlem says:

    this season of the ultimate figher is very very boring. I would rather watch the other weight classes.

  22. dane drebin says:

    for all you dumbasses questioning roy's black belt go look up roy nelson vs frank mir at grapplers quest on you tube. pretty sure roy beats mirs ass so go enlighten yourselves, learn what your talking about and stop posting ignorance.

  23. dane drebin says:

    I'm Gay!!!

  24. dane drebin says:

    ^ let me guess someone wrote comment 22 that didnt know nelson actually has credentials its ok to take out ur frustration because ur fucking stupid.

  25. Nichole Lesniak says:

    Um, dane, only ONE person questioned Nelson's belt.

  26. Yeah, I think boxing would be a better fit for Kimbo. No shame in that. He really does seem like a nice and humble guy though. Kimbo just didn't seem to hold onto the fundamental defenses of jiu jitsu from the back. His feet were almost flat on the ground and Roy was able to do whatever he wanted on top.

  27. Reebok advert staring Roy "Big Country" Nelson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN_R0J8kU5I

  28. i want to see Kimbo at 205 so bad..

  29. kimbo got beaten to the punch by roy nelson. he'll get his ass whooped at lhw. he's too slow and inexperienced. nelson said lhw's are not more well rounded that hw's…thats the dumbest thing i've ever hear. they are way more well rounded.

  30. Show Sucks, lightweights more fun to watch better fighting.

  31. Shogun of Harlem says:

    I liked the season when they had the Bjpenn and Little Evil as the coaches better than this season. this season sucks.

  32. from Nichole Lesniak "And which top guys does Roy Nelson train with? NONE." Maybe you should know what you are talking about before you try and get at me lol. Here is what you dont know. Roy trains with Ken Shamrock's Lion's Den and is known for his excellent grappling skills and good agility for a heavyweight. He has competed at the prestigious Abu Dhabi Grappling Championships (ADCC), won numerous titles and has trained with some of the world’s best fighters including UFC’s Randy Couture, Ken Shamrock, Tito Ortiz and Ricco Rodriguez. Roy is also a blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Renzo Gracie. Nichole I dont think that NONE is the correct answer.

    Quote from Tom. "we all knew Kimbo was going to lose..i told yall Kimbo wont even win a fight..HA" Well if he wouldnt have fought the favorite on the show in his first fight maybe he would have got a win. Roy Nelson is easily the most well rounded fighter on the show. Of course Kimbo has no ground game but hopefully he can sell his gold teeth and buy one. He is a small HW and should for sure try and slim down to 205 if thats possible. Slim down or bulk up learn the ground game and keep getting better. He will never be a serious contender but hopefully he can atleast become a journeyman mma fighter with some submissions. "He is a sponge" lol.

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