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| | Despite rumors "Kimbo Slice" vs. Matt Mitrione, in fact, official for UFC 113
Despite rumors "Kimbo Slice" vs. Matt Mitrione, in fact, official for UFC 113 in Montreal | MMAjunkie.com
Despite rumors of a potential bout with recent UFC signee and boxer James Toney, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), in fact, will fight fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast member Matt Mitrione (1-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in May at UFC 113. |
UFC officials today made official the bout, which completes the televised pay-per-view main card of the event.
UFC 113 takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and feature a main event between light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
The Ferguson vs. Mitrione bout has long been a rumored part of the UFC's third annual Montreal card. The UFC, in fact, even announced the fight during a UFC 110 pay-per-view broadcast last month. However, the fight was never added to the UFC.com fight card for the event, and soon after Toney signed with UFC in the past few weeks, speculation ran rampant that Ferguson would fight Toney instead.
Some reports then suggested the Ferguson vs. Mitrione bout would be moved to a different card such as a potential (though unannounced) April 17 UFC Fight Night event that could counter Strikeforce's CBS-televised show in Tennessee.
However, Ferguson vs. Mitrione remains a part of the UFC 113 card.
Ferguson makes his pay-per-view debut after gracing the airwaves of CBS, Spike TV and Showtime during his runs with EliteXC and "TUF 10." Eventual show winner Roy Nelson knocked Ferguson out of the reality-show competition in late 2009 during an opening-round matchup.
Ferguson returned at the show's live finale, where he earned a close – if unspectacular – decision victory over non-cast member Houston Alexander in a catchweight contest. Still, the fight earned the former bareknuckle brawler and YouTube star his first official UFC victory and his first professional win in more than a year and a half.
Mitrione, one of a handful of former NFL players who appeared on "TUF 10," takes the fight with Ferguson in just his second professional contest. Mitrione, who won an opening-round matchup over ex-UFC fighter Scott Junk before losing in the quarterfinal round of "TUF 10," dispatched of a favored Marcus Jones via knockout in the season's live finale. The fight marked Mitrione's official pro MMA debut.
The official UFC 113 card includes:
•Champ Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (for light heavyweight title)
•Paul Daley vs. Josh Koscheck
•Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson vs. Matt Mitrione
•Jeremy Stephens vs. Sam Stout
•Alan Belcher vs. Patrick Cote
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
•Tim Credeur vs. Tom Lawlor
•Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet
•Mike Guymon vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
•T.J. Grant vs. Johny Hendricks
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