Rumors that Kimbo Slice could be pulled from UFC 113 to headline UFC Fight Night 22, a likely April 17 event on Spike TV opposite Strikeforce’s return to CBS, were dismissed today, as an expected matchup with fellow Ultimate Fighter 10 castmember Matt Mitrone was officially announced for the May 8 pay-per-view event in Montreal.
The Kimbo-Mitrione matchup was first reported in January and confirmed during last month’s UFC 110, but was never added to the official UFC 113 fight card on UFC.com until today, when the UFC also formally announced the bout:
Canada will get their first dose of the Kimbo Slice phenomenon on Saturday, May 8th, when the Ultimate Fighter alumnus looks to make it 2-0 in the Octagon on the UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2 card at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Slice (4-1), fresh off his three round unanimous decision victory over Houston Alexander at the TUF10 finale last December, will be in with a familiar foe on May 8th, as he takes on his Ultimate Fighter castmate, Matt Mitrione in a heavyweight bout made official today.
Mitrione (1-0), an NFL veteran, made his proper mixed martial arts debut on the TUF10 finale card and showed impressive poise and power as he knocked out Marcus Jones in the second round, and he hopes to make another statement when he squares off with Kimbo this spring.
Tickets for UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2, are on sale now.
UFC 113 is headlined by a rematch between light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, while welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley meet in the card’s co-main event.
Pictured: Kimbo Slice