I Miss Kimbo Slice
It's been two years to the day since Kimbo Slice passed away at the age of 42. While a lot of the talk surrounding Kimbo during his career was in a comedic or dismissive tone, not having him around has always made me feel like something is missing.
Was he the most talented fighter? No. Did he actually "deserve" to be in a lot of the spots he wound up in during his run? Probably not. Does any of that really matter? Nah.
If you say you didn't find Kimbo fun, exciting or at least interesting, you're either lying or you stink as a person... like the "you must be real fun at parties" type of person. From his look, to his fighting style, to the matchups he found himself in, Kimbo Slice was the definition of an electric factory.
He took the weird early form of "internet fame" as a street fighter and turned it into a legitimate, albeit unorthodox, MMA career. Despite taking constant criticism and total dismissal throughout his entire time in the game, he took it in stride and always gave it his all. Despite his lack of "technical" MMA ability, he is one of the very few names who could be mentioned with Brock Lesnar, Chuck Liddell, Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor as a mainstream superstar. 7.2 MILLION people watched his EliteXC fight against James Thompson on CBS, which is still the highest TV rating ever for an MMA fight. His loss to Seth Petruzelli is the 3rd most watched ever, at 6.45 million.
Whether you were a Kimbo fan or not (how couldn't you be?), there's no denying what he did accomplish and how popular he was in this game. I say without the slightest hint of sarcasm that I miss Kimbo, and feel a legitimate sadness every time I think about the fact that he's gone. RIP Kimbo Slice, thanks for the fun times.