Wrestling & MMA

Remembering fighter Kimbo Slice

Famed Miami street-fighter Kimbo Slice (Kevin Ferguson) transitioned into MMA, including competing for Bellator.
Famed Miami street-fighter Kimbo Slice (Kevin Ferguson) transitioned into MMA, including competing for Bellator. Courtesy Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker sent a statement on Monday night, June 6, on the death of MMA fighter Kimbo Slice.

The South Florida resident was 42.

Coker said: “We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family. One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport.

“Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo's friends, fans, and teammates.”

I had a chance to interview Kimbo Slice (Kevin Ferguson) in June 2015 at American Top Team in (South Florida) Coconut Creek. A good guy, he appreciated we finished the interview in the time allotted.

Famous on the Internet as a top Miami street-fighter, he ventured into MMA, including competing for Bellator MMA, which he was promoting at the time.

Kimbo lived in Coral Springs with his family, and his kids attended school in the area, which is one of the reasons he trained at ATT in nearby Coconut Creek.

A student athlete playing football, Kimbo was also educated, attending Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach and the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

Here is the interview.

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