Remembering Kimbo Slice: From brawling in the streets to the octagon
Growing up in high school I remember when YouTube first started coming out, and obviously at the time everybody was pretty much watching the same thing, being that it was still growing, and gaining popularity every day. If you ask people what they remember, what they first started watching, it was probably the super popular and adorable cat playing the keyboard video, snl skits, music videos etc. But for me and my friends, it was always Smosh and Kimbo Slice videos.
I’ll never forget the infamous Kimbo vs Afropuff, and Bigmac fight. Kimbo would go on to drop Afropuff in seconds, only to face another foe, Bigmac. And just like Afropuff, Bigmac would go on to feel the wrath of Kimbo getting dropped repeatedly. Another classic unsanctioned video I’ll never forget watching as a teen with my friends was Kimbo vs the Bodyguard, where Kimbo would go on and put him to sleep while everybody that was around was filming, and betting on the brawlers. Yes, that isn’t the smartest decision somebody could make, but it paved the doors for Kimbo, as all he had going for him at the time was street fighting, and working as a bouncer for a strip club. Kevin Ferguson, Slice’s real name, quickly became an Internet sensation becoming more known, sending a buzz to the professional combat sports world.
On November 10th, 2007, Kimbo would make his professional MMA debut for EliteXC, where he would go on to knockout Bo Cantrell in 19 seconds. When it came to MMA, Kimbo didn’t shy away about his fighting abilities acknowledging that he was still very green, and had plenty to learn. Slice, in his third MMA bout was huge as he scored a fourth-round TKO against Thompson in May 2008, making it the first MMA fight on prime-time television airing on CBS. Although Kimbo wasn’t a master when it came to his MMA skills, the UFC would go on to book him in 2009, as he’d participate as a contestant on the “Ultimate Fighter”. Dana White didn’t hold anything back when it came to Slice’s skills, repeatedly saying he wouldn’t last two minutes inside the octagon. Slice would go on to fight twice under the UFC banner going 1-1, as he would take a leave of absence later on to head to professional wrestling.
Kimbo was currently under contract with Bellator, and was scheduled to headline Bellator 158, sharing the main event spot with James Thompson in London on July 16. His last fight for Bellator was in February for Bellator 149. He would defeat Dhafir Harris in a 3-round fight as it went to decision. But it would later be turned into a no-contest by the Texas Commission since Kimbo tested positive for anabolic steroids.
His most recent memorable fight came last year on June 19, 2015. He took on a true legend in the MMA world in Ken Shamrock coming out victorious, after nearly getting choked out, to recovering, and eventually knocking out Shamrock in the first-round.
On June 6, 2016, the whole fighting community mourned over Kimbo’s shocking death, pouring in their condolences, sharing kind words and memories. Slice had been hospitalized for undisclosed reasons in Margate, Florida. Police said no foul play was suspected. Kimbo was 42 when he was pronounced dead (1974-2016). He was a father of six, and repeatedly would thank MMA for allowing him to send his kids to college. As Dana White once famously said “Kimbo might not be the best when it comes to our sport, but he’ll always be the toughest guy at the barbecue.”.
From brawling in the streets, to brawling in the octagon, Kimbo Slice will be remembered for transcending the sport in the way that he did, and making something out of nothing as his rise to fame was an example of the American Dream. Slice will never be forgotten, and has been reported by a numerous amount of his family and friends that despite his huge size and fighting ways, he was always humble and thankful for the opportunities he was given.
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