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Kevin Ferguson (born on February 8, 1974), better known as Kimbo Slice, is a Miami, Florida-based street fighter turned mixed mart Kevin Ferguson (born on February 8, 1974), better known as Kimbo Slice, is a Miami, Florida-based street fighter turned mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He first appeared in several filmed underground fights which have spread primarily on the Internet. Law enforcement never intervened as the fights were considered consensual.
Kimbo has since left street fighting behind and is now putting his efforts towards becoming a professional mixed martial arts fighter. Slice is currently training with retired MMA fighter Bas Rutten.
Ferguson was a star defensive football player for Miami Palmetto High School in the Pinecrest area of Miami, Florida. In college, he went on to the University of Miami on academic scholarship, but did not play football. He was there for only a year and a half.
As Kimbo Slice, Ferguson worked as a bodyguard for RK Netmedia, a Miami-based pornography production/promotion company responsible for a number of popular adult subscription websites, such as MILF Hunter. Kimbo still maintains close ties with the company who now accompanies him, as his fight entourage before entering the ring. Rolling Stone called Slice “The King of the Web Brawlers”.
Kimbo Slice began training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in 2004 under the instruction of Bas Rutten. Kimbo Slice hired Bas Rutten to train and prepare for his Sean Gannon internet super-fight. Ferguson continued to train MMA with Bas Rutten for both his professional MMA bouts. Kimbo Slice walked away victorious from both MMA bouts; the first being against Ray Mercer, June 23, 2007 and the second against MMA veteran David “Tank” Abbott, February 16th, 2008.
One of Slice’s most notable fights was a controversial late 2004 encounter with Sean Gannon, a former Boston Police officer who trains in MMA. Slice was defeated by Gannon (with accusations of use of illegal moves from either side) and, due to the popularity of the fight video, Gannon began fighting within the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Slice made his sanctioned MMA debut against former WBO Heavyweight champion boxer Ray Mercer at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 5, in Atlantic City on June 23, 2007. The match was scheduled as a three-round exhibition utilizing all professional rules of MMA combat. Slice defeated Mercer with a guillotine choke at 1:12 into the first round. In a post-fight interview, Slice stated that he would like to fight David “Tank” Abbott. Abbott, who was a spectator, stood up from his seat and accepted the call out. One of the matchmakers for CFFC asked Slice for his assurance so that an October 12th bout at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 6 between Slice and “Tank” Abbott could be organized. This event was later canceled due to a promotion dispute. On October 11, 2007, Proelite announced that they had signed Slice to a deal and that he would make his debut on the November 10 EliteXC. Originally set to make his professional MMA debut against Mike Bourke, the reformed street fighter was set to face Bo Cantrell after Bourke sustained a shoulder injury. Kimbo defeated Cantrell 19 seconds into the first round by submission due to strikes.
Slice will be featured on The Iron Ring, a new television series airing on BET which features MMA prospects. Slice will be a part of the selection process for the participants.
On February 16th, 2008, Kimbo fought Tank Abbott in the main event at EliteXC: Street Certified. He won by KO 43 seconds into the first round due to strikes. At the fight his weight was announced at an all-time low of 234lbs, a far cry from his street fighting days of 280lbs. His next scheduled fight is May 31, 2008 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on CBS’s Saturday Night Fights. Kimbo will fight James Thompson. It will be the main event
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