Kimbo Slice draws 5.2 million viewers for his first live fight in the UFC on Spike TV

People still want to see Kimbo Slice.
People still want to see Kimbo Slice.

Most Watched “The Ultimate Fighter” Finale In Franchise History And Biggest Audience For A Live UFC Fight In 2009

New York, NY, December 8, 2009 – Spike TV’s telecast of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” live finale on Saturday, December 5 was the most watched final episode in the 10 seasons of the TUF franchise, peaking with 5.2 million viewers and a 5.9 rating with Men 18-34 for the Kimbo Slice-Houston Alexander fight.  The over 5 million viewers were the most to watch a live UFC fight in 2009.

Overall, the three-hour fight card drew 3.7 million viewers, a 2.4 household rating, a 4.6 in Men 18-34 and was the most-watched show on cable with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 for the day.

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TUF 10 Finale video extravaganza – interviews with Kimbo, Alexander, Schaub, Nelson, Hamill, Jones, Mitrione, Big Baby, Edgar, Veach


Kimbo Slice and Houston Alexander prepare for a battle – A fight between two ex-street fighters will ensure excitement at TUF Heavyweights Finale on Saturday Dec. 5th at 9pm on Spike.

More main card fighters share their thoughts after the jump…

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TUF 10 Finale conference call audio & quotes

TUF 10 Finale takes place at the Palms in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 5, and airs on Spike TV at 9PM ET/PT.

ProMMA.info participated in today’s The Ultimate Fighter season 10: Heavyweights Finale conference call featuring finalists Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub, along with Kimbo Slice and Houston Alexander, who will also be fighting on the card.

Whether it be from the weight cut or something else, Kimbo seemed a bit agitated with the many of the questions and did not seem to want to be on the call, especially at first. Comparatively, the other fighters seemed in good spirits.

One of the call’s highlights was when Kimbo was asked if there was any fighter he could model himself after, who would it be. Kimbo said, “I’m a grown man. I can’t say nothing like that. All the fighters who are good.” It was a funny moment that had his opponent laughing. You can hear this and all of the fighters’ comments on the audio below. Also, there are some notable quotes after the jump.

TUF 10 Finale conference call (audio):
[podcast]http://promma.info/audio/tuf10fiinale.mp3[/podcast]

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Justin “The Viking” Wren’s “The Ultimate Fighter 10″ blog – episode 10

Episode 10: Showtime Schaub

The episode starts out of course with Matt “The Rat” Mitrione being a head case again. With his facial expressions and his outlandish stories he tried to play mind games with us, or he was trying to come up with an excuse of why he couldn’t fight James McSweeney. My striking coach now at Grudge Training Center in Denver, Colorado was severely offended…

Coach Trevor Wittman has been around Professional boxers for over 10 years, and he is one of the BEST trainers around, period. Matt was milking everything, and the doctors said he didn’t have a concussion, and the doctors said he was clear to fight. If he doesn’t fight, it is because of himself and not because a doctor didn’t clear him.

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Meet three TUF 10 hopefuls

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of the UFC stars before them and gain a spot on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, 186 middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight fighters from all over the world showed up in Seattle, Washington on April 6th for an open casting call. PRO MMA (promma.info) was there to get a first look at the TUF 10 hopefuls.

The tryouts consisted of three phases: grappling, striking, and a personal interview. Following each of the first two phases, the names of the fighters that impressed the judges and made it to the next phase were called out. For the fighters who made the cut to the interview phase, they were told the final decisions would be made in a week or two and those selected to take part in The Ultimate Fighter season 10 would be notified.

From inexperienced to established, run-of-the-mill to out of this world, the makeup of fighters that tried out was anything but monotonous. Some were nervous while others seemed very relaxed and composed. Some made it all the way to the interview phase while many did not get past the grappling round.

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The Ultimate Fighter season 10 tryouts photo gallery

On Monday April 6, 2009, 186 mixed martial arts fighters from around the world gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Seattle, Washington in hopes of impressing UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and Spike TV executives so they could earn the opportunity to appear on the The Ultimate Fighter season ten reality television show. It was The Ultimate Fighter … Read more

The Ultimate Fighter season 10 casting call

The UFC and SPIKE TV have announced casting call details for The Ultimate Fighter season 10.  Interested participants in the heavyweight, light heavyweight, and middleweight divisions should be at The Marriott Seattle Airport Hotel in Seattle, Washington between 8am-9am on Monday, April 6th.

Fighters must be at least 21 years of age and have a professional MMA record. If you plan to attend the casting call, you can register ahead of time by filling out the online registration form. Those attending are asked to dress appropriately and bring you own gear as you will be required to grapple and hit pads.

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