Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is a retired mixed martial artist and former street fighter. His fame as a fighter has been attributed to his willingness to fight anyone, anywhere, anytime – earning him the nickname “The King of the Streets.”
Later that year he watched Roy Jones Jr defeat James Toney which inspired him to pursue professional boxing instead of MMA because it didn’t require any grappling. He is known for starring in the movie Fist 2 Face, where he plays a young man who must fight his way out of a prison yard with his hands and feet after being framed by an outlaw motorcycle gang
The Beginning of His Fighting Career
At a fraternity party, a man in a feather mask challenged him to a fight. His opponent turned out to be a world champion Muay Thai fighter and they fought in an octagon. Slice knocked his opponent out with ease and was invited to participate in the MMA underground show Street Fights.
In his first tournament, he defeated four opponents in one night, which earned him the nickname “Kimbo Slice” for his brutal knockout style of fighting. After starting his website KimboSlice.com he was contacted by EliteXC who asked if he wanted to become part of the tournament series Shamrock vs Baroni after Kevin Randleman pulled out with a neck injury. He lost by TKO in round 2 after the second referee stopped the fight due to strikes. After his performance he was hailed by UFC president Dana White as a future star of MMA.
MMA Career and Tournaments
In May 2007, Slice faced UK fighter James “Colossus” Thompson at Elite XC: Street Certified in Sunrise, Florida in a scheduled 10 round bout for the first time in MMA. Kimbo dominated Thompson, winning by KO at 1:18 of round 3 with a flurry of strikes.
Elite XC originally planned to have Slice fight Seth Petruzelli at EliteXC: Heat on August 10, 2007, but instead he fought undefeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and former UFC fighter Joe “Diesel” Riggs. Slice defeated him by TKO at 4:14 of the first round with a flurry of punches after taking down his opponent from a clinch.
In 2008, Kimbo appeared on America’s Got Talent and managed to impress all three judges enough that they sent him through to the live semi-finals. In the live finals, much to the displeasure of many viewers who voted for him, he was eliminated in the first round by 35 year old magician, Jonathon Burns.
His Rise to Fame In UFC
In February 2009, Slice was signed by the UFC. His first fight was against Houston Alexander on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights. He lost the fight by KO in the first round. After the loss, he was cut from the UFC.
He then fought for Bellator MMA, an event that he had been scheduled to headline on November 12, 2010. However, he pulled out of the fight due to a family emergency and was replaced by Seth Petruzelli. Slice then faced Matt Mitrione at Bellator 138 on June 19, 2015. He lost the fight by TKO in round 1.
Retirement from Fighting
In June 2016, he announced his retirement from professional fighting to focus on a career in boxing. However, it did not take long for Ferguson to return to the mixed martial arts world as he signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA in October 2016.
On February 19, 2018 at Bellator 197, Ferguson suffered a third-round cut stoppage loss to Derek Campos.
On March 26, 2018 Bellator announced that Ferguson has been pulled from the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix and will instead face former rival Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris in the co-main event of Bellator 199 on May 12, 2018.
How Old Was Kimbo Slice When He Died
Kimbo Slice was 42 years old when he died. On June 7, 2018 news was first reported that Kimbo Slice had been admitted to a hospital on June 6, 2018 and later pronounced dead. Ferguson had reportedly been sick prior to entering the hospital, and his death has been speculated as of natural causes. An autopsy report will be released soon.
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson was a retired mixed martial artist and former street fighter. Born in 1971, he grew up fighting on the streets of Miami Florida before becoming an internet sensation with his website KimboSlice.com that featured video footage from his street fights as well as training videos.