The casual fight fan learned Saturday what educated Mixed Martial Arts fans already knew about Kimbo Slice.
He’s not close to ready for primetime.
Slice was exposed on Saturday after a mere 14 seconds of slugging in an EliteXC heavyweight bout on CBS.
Strangely, it wasn’t Ken Shamrock, who taught Slice the lessons of MMA fighting but last minute stand-in Seth Petruzelli.
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A legitimate MMA fighter, Petruzelli dispatched of Slice after dropping him quickly with a right hand and then pounding the prone Slice before the referee put a stop to the fight 14 seconds into the first round.
Slice, 34, probably never should have agreed to fight Petruzelli, 28, after training for months to face the washed-up Shamrock.
Doctors ruled Saturday afternoon that Shamrock was unfit to fight because his eye hadn’t sufficiently healed from a training session cut.
Poor Kimbo was doomed.
See, there a big difference between back-alley brawling and fighting true professionals.
Petruzelli, now 11-4, brought legit experience as a former UFC Ultimate Fighter contestant.
Despite EliteXC’s claims to the contrary, Shamrock’s role was to serve as a stepping stone for Slice (3-1).
At 44, Shamrock’s best days lie 15 years in the past. Its doubtful Shamrock gets another shot at a showcase after failing to appear on Saturday.
As for Slice, he’ll get more opportunities.
He’s still marketable.
He took Saturday’s fight even though it wasn’t in his best interest.
And no one goes undefeated in MMA fighting; it’s just too unpredictable, too free-flowing with the mix of stand-up and ground grappling.
Even great MMA champions have three and four losses on their records.
Of course, Slice remains a long way from being a legitimate MMA fighter much less champion. Don’t forget, he took at least one beating during his YouTube career.
Legitimate martial artists train their entire lives in disciplined, regimented, regulated styles.
It’s simply ridiculous to expect Slice after a year or so of training to be able to compete even with middle of the road fighters.
At 34 Slice doesn’t have the time to gain the experience necessary to claim a legitimate heavyweight title.
Slice remains popular though and could still take a cue from Shamrock’s career.
Can you say -- World Wresting Entertainment?
After Saturday, the WWE is every bit as real as Slice’s MMA career.