‘In one corner, fighting out of Miami, Florida, standing in at 6 feet 2 inches and weighing in at 106 kgs, Kimbo Slice!’, an announcement to chill any fighter’s spine. Kevin Ferguson, better known as Kimbo Slice is a famous personality in the sport of mixed martial arts. Known by signature beard and bald head, this Bahamas born fighter, with bulging muscles and hands that can break bones is scary to look at.
Ferguson got famous through a series of underground street fights of him released over the internet. These were videos of him tearing apart fighters, bare knuckle in parking lots and lawns, making the Rolling Stones label him as the King of the Web Brawlers. In his first taped fight against a man named Big D, Ferguson left a large cut on his opponent's right eye which led Internet fans to call him Slice, adding the last name to his already popular childhood nickname, Kimbo.
Ferguson turned professional and made his MMA debut in June, 2007 against WBO heavyweight champion and Olympic Gold Medalist boxer Ray Mercer. He defeated Mercer in the first round itself, with a guillotine choke. His stint in the sport however was short lived and it all started going downhill after his loss to Seth Petruzelli. Kimbo Slice fought Seth Petruzelli on October 2008, and lost within 14 seconds of the first round itself, via total knockout. On May, 2010, Slice made his pay-per-view and official heavyweight debut at UFC 113 fighting against Matt Mitrione, and lost in the second round via a TKO. Following the loss, Dana White, CEO of UFC stated that it was "probably Kimbo's last fight in the UFC". His release was confirmed the following day.
In the following month of August, Kimbo made a career move towards professional boxing. Slice made his pro boxing debut on August, 2011 and fought in a four-round headlining attraction against 39-year-old James Wade at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. He won the fight via KO at 0:10 in the first round. On October 15, Kimbo returned to the boxing ring, defeating Tay Bledsoe via KO in the first round. On December 30, Kimbo defeated Charles Hackmann by unanimous decision, winning three out of four rounds.
Besides being famous through the sport, Kimbo Slice has also featured in some Hollywood productions, notably, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption and Blood and Bone, where he starred along Michal Jai White.