Slice's online popularity didn't lead to fans in the UFC. He was shunned by UFC President Dana White, but Slice's name was strong enough to get him a spot on the first-ever MMA card broadcast on CBS in 2009 for the now defunct Elite FC. Slice garnered huge ratings on CBS and later for Bellator. He eventually made it to UFC as a contestant on "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show and won a match by decision in the season finale. He fought and lost in his only major UFC pay-per-view appearance in 2010.
Slice was the last throwback brawler in MMA, like Tank Abbott back in the early days of UFC when the promotion had few rules and featured fights between opponents of various martial arts and styles. Slice went through various odd jobs after college and was even homeless before garnering millions of hits online for his street fights.