Not as a competitor, mind you, but as a television host. Slice has been tapped by Spike TV to help draw eyes away from the UFC’s new run of “The Ultimate Fighter” on FX by hosting “The Ultimate Fighter Fridays” on Spike.
Retiring from the sport at 4-2 as a professional, Slice did more for the sport’s mainstream popularity than many of its most accomplished stars, despite his relative lack of skill. The 38-year-old brawler attracted unprecedented audiences to MMA programming thanks to his internet popularity, his presence on the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” (which aired on Spike) contributing to make it the series’ highest-rated.
Since the UFC severed its ties with Spike TV to focus on expanding into the mainstream with the help of the FOX family of channels, Spike has used the UFC media library to which the network still has access to counter-program the promotion’s efforts on FOX, FX and FUEL TV. The network has actually drawn impressive ratings with the gambit and adding Slice to the mix should only increase their numbers.
“The Ultimate Fighter Fridays” will run for three hours and feature special themed episodes, full episodes and unused footage from seasons past, as well as Slice’s unique take on things having been a cast member on the show.
“The Ultimate Fighter Fridays” debuts on March 9 with an episode focusing on “The Ultimate Fighter 10″, on which Slice competed.