Kimbo Slice Dead at 42
Kimbo Slice was a pioneer of MMA.
A dangerous fighter but a gentle giant outside of the ring, Slice touched people all over the world. From Dana White to Nate Diaz, to Shaq, to Hulk Hogan, to Antonio Brown, he was a legend. The first internet sensation.
Born in the Bahamas, he grew up in Cutler Ridge, Florida. Slice has two brothers.
Slice got into his first fight when he was 13. He joined the football team in high school and was a star linebacker.
He received a scholarship to play football at the University of Miami, which, back then, was a powerhouse team.
When Hurricane Andrew destroyed his house in ’92, he had to live in his car for an entire month, consequently leading to his scholarship offers being revoked.
In ’97 he had a tryout with the Miami Dolphins and was part of their pre-season squad.
From there, he was a bouncer at a strip club, followed by a limousine driver and bodyguard.
Then in 2003, he began street fighting, where his videos began to circulate on the Internet.
His childhood nickname was Kimbo, and he got the name Slice when, in his first taped fight he left a huge cut on his opponent’s eye. Hence, Kimbo Slice.
Slice started his MMA training in ’05, and in ’08 took part in the main event of the first-ever MMA event shown on prime time network television. Slice won his debut fight.
Slice worked his way to the UFC by appearing on TUF: Heavyweights.
In Slice’s UFC debut in ’09, he defeated Houston Alexander by UD.
Coincidentally on this card was Jon Jones, who suffered his only “loss” of his career thus far, against Matt Hamill when Jones was DQ’d for using 12-6 elbows.
In May 2010, Kimbo took part in his last UFC fight before moving to Bellator. He lost to Matt Mitrione via 2nd-round TKO.
After a five-year hiatus, Slice signed a multi-year deal with Bellator, which unfortunately was cut short.
Slice defeated Ken Shamrock via first-round TKO in his Bellator debut. Slice was supposed to fight Shamrock back in ’08, but Shamrock cut his eye during a warm-up just hours before the fight was scheduled.
Just four months ago, Slice fought Dada 5000, another street fighter who found fame in Florida. Slice won that fight via TKO in round 3. The result of this bout was changed to no-contest after Slice failed a post-fight drug test.
However, this fight broke the viewing record for a Bellator fight with 2.5 Million viewers.
Two months ago, Bellator announced Kimbo would rematch James Thompson, the man he fought in his first fight in ’08, at Bellator 158 in July.
Last, but definitely not least, Slice was a family man. A father to six beautiful children, three boys, and three girls. Slice was engaged to his long-time girlfriend at the time of his death.
Medical examiners have stated Slice’s death was not suspicious.
Slice’s son, Kevin Ferguson Jr., made his MMA debut in March.
While Kimbo might be gone, his legacy will live forever.
RIP Kimbo. Gone, but never forgotten.