Kimbo Slice: The Gentle Giant

Biography

Kevin Ferguson (February 8, 1974 – June 6, 2016), better known as Kimbo Slice, was a Bahamian-born American mixed martial artist, boxer and occasional actor. He became famous for mutual combat street fights which were spread across the Internet, leading Rolling Stone to call him “The King of the Web Brawlers”.

Slice left the underground fighting scene and signed a professional contract with EliteXC in 2007. Slice competed in The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, where he lost in his first fight to series winner Roy Nelson. In his UFC debut, Slice defeated Houston Alexander in the The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights finale. From January 2015 until his death in June 2016.

MMA Beginnings:

Slice began training with MMA legend Bas Rutten prior to his taped match with Sean Gannon. Though that fight didn’t work out for him, Slice continued to train with Rutten before taking on former boxing champion Ray Mercer in an exhibition match at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 5 on June 23, 2007. Slice won easily by first round guillotine choke. From there, he took up with EliteXC, an organization that used his internet fighting background to make him a superstar. His debut with the organization came on 11/10/07 at EliteXC: Renegade, where he took out Bo Cantrell (submission by way of punches) in only 19 seconds.

The sports world has lost yet another prolific fighter in life and within the ring.  We will miss you our brother

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