Kevin Ferguson's Blogs

  • Patrick Wyman Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    This week in “Press Row,” Jordan Breen and Sherdog.com contributor Patrick Wyman discuss Kimbo-Shamrock, Bellator MMA's future and Viacom's combat sports strategy.

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  • Kimbo Slice Makes Cameo in Music Video by ‘Hood Metal’ Band Xombie By: C.J. Tuttle





    If any mixed martial arts, boxing, street fighting or hood metal fans have wondered what Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson has been up to, look no further. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight recently made a cameo in a New York City “hood metal” outfit named Xombie’s new music video.

    The band, which has played such music festivals as Bamboozle, took to the global crowd funding platform “Kickstarter” to raise the funds in order to get Slice to appear.

    Slice has not competed in MMA since 2010, losing via technical knockout to Matt Mitrione at UFC 113.

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  • Damon Martin Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Fox Sports MMA writer Damon Martin.

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  • Video: Kimbo Slice vs. Shane Tilyard Boxing Match By: Sherdog.com Staff



    To many MMA fans, Kimbo Slice is but a distant memory. However, boxing spectators are still experiencing The Kimbo Show, the latest installment of which came today in Sydney. Check out video of the Bahamian brawler’s fight (via Itchesaintpoop) against Australian heavyweight Shane Tilyard.

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  • Brent Brookhouse Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by BloodyElbow.com managing editor Brent Brookhouse.

    Breen and Brookhouse discuss the curious case of MMA welterweight-turned-Kimbo Sliceboxing opponent Brian Green, his dubious use of ankle weights and the shambolic scenario that resulted. The two look at the incident, what it says about athletic commissions at large and the bizarre ways in which MMA fighters seem willing to implicate themselves in questionable behavior.

    The two also discuss what exactly is so compelling about Kimbo, whether EliteXC or Pride has had a greater impact on the current MMA landscape and arguably the strangest UFC event ever.

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  • This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Kimbo Slice Turns 38 By: Brian Knapp



    Kimbo Slice turns 38 this week.



    Sherdog.com lists birthdays and ages of mixed martial arts stars for the coming week.

    February

    5th:
    Antoni Hardonk (36)
    Lyle Beerbohm (33)

    6th:
    Mamoru Nakamura (31)

    7th:
    Carina Damm (33)
    Haruo Ochi (28)
    T.J. Dillashaw (26)
    Cesar Avila (23)
    Jae Hyun So (23)

    8th:
    Yuki Ishikawa (45)
    John Lewis (44)
    Kimbo Slice (38)

    9th:
    Mark Munoz (34)
    Charlie Brenneman (31)
    Jake Rosholt (30)
    Felipe Arantes (24)

    10th:
    Matt Horwich (34)
    Mariusz Radziszewski (28)

    11th:
    Ken Shamrock (48)
    Cub Swanson (29)

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  • Kimbo Slice Jr? By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Kevin Ferguson II, the son of UFC and EliteXC veteran Kimbo Slice, is currently making a name for himself as a 16-year-old running back at Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School.

    The upstart junior talks about ball and his famous father with Lost Letterman.



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  • SRN: Frank Shamrock & Greg Jackson By: TJ De Santis

    Live radio returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Monday with new episodes of "The Savage Dog Show" and "Beatdown" radio shows.

    Greg Savage was joined by Jordan Breen on the latest episode of "The SDS." The two men shared their thoughts on last Saturday night's UFC 128 card. They were also joined by Frank Shamrock who responded to Jared Shaw's accuasations of Shamrock's proposal to work a fight on CBS against Kevin Ferguson. Randy Gordon from "Sirius Fight Club" also joined the show.

    On "Beatdown" Jack Encarnacao and myself were joined by MMA trainer Greg Jackson. Greg was in the corner of Jon Jones Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey when "Bones" defeated Mauricio Rua to capture the UFC light-heavyweight title. Jackson is also the trainer of former 205 pound champ Rashad Evans. Jackson comments on Jones performance, the strategy involved in the Rua fight, and the subject of teammates fighting one another.

    Check out the show and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Kimbo’s 1-2 Punch By: Jake Rossen



    Terry Goodlad/Sherdog.com


    As of Saturday, Kimbo Slice, the world’s first -- and hopefully only -- YouTube-groomed fighter, made his final exit from the Octagon gates of the UFC. He looked mediocre in three fights, outpointing only Houston Alexander in a bout that didn’t inspire confidence. If there was any debate that training at American Top Team and taking things seriously would show us something new, losing to a 1-0 Matt Mitrione would be the end of it.

    Except it isn’t. Fighting is as much about audience investment as results, which is why you will always find a fight involving your father or brother far more compelling than one involving Rich Franklin. "Tank" Abbott, a fighter with better wrestling than Slice but atrocious conditioning, commanded six-figure paydays well into his two-figure losses. He promised a fight. In an era where an undisputed champion like Anderson Silva can’t make the same guarantee, this is a valuable trait.

    Slice is employable. The only question is what he gets hired to do.

    Strikeforce’s Scott Coker told Sherdog Radio that he was lukewarm to the idea of bringing in Slice, likely for reasons relating to his pay scale -- which you’d think would be reduced after poor performances -- and an unspoken but assumed concern that Coker’s promotion would be home for the UFC’s discards. While that’s hardly good for their reputation, neither is middling ratings.

    Audiences are already aware Slice is not a contender, so having that point re-addressed with a failed UFC bid is not a crippling affliction. Slice fighting Herschel Walker or even (God help me even as I type this) Jose Canseco would not cause the earth to open up and brimstone to consume us. Fighting is about entertainment. Strikeforce is already operating at a deficit of most top contenders, so why pretend otherwise? Sign him. Give him nothing fights that mean something for the 15 minutes they’re contested. Ship him to Japan and let Kazushi Sakuraba try to ankle-pick him.

    These are just fights for a fight’s sake. When did that become such a politically incorrect thing to do?

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  • UFC 113 Post-Mortem: Rua’s Return, Daley Unforgiven, and More By: Jake Rossen



    Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com


    This is what makes fighters a different breed than the rest: seven weeks after being sedated and cut open for an appendectomy, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua went back into the gym and prepared for a fight that was already the most important of his life. Instead of making excuses, he delivered the first knockout loss of Lyoto Machida’s career, earned a UFC light heavyweight championship, and eradicated the memory of poor performances. It’s a pretty good example of the patient making a successful recovery.

    Even though he had all his organs, Machida has nothing to be ashamed of: he canned good fighters in Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz, and Thiago Silva, and could very well beat anyone else in the division. (Nobody’s kickboxing is more dangerous than Rua’s.) He also holds the distinction of being the only man in the past three years to defend the 205 lb. title at least once. The fact that it’s changed hands five times since 2007 is a strong case for that belt being the most heavily disputed in the sport.

    But his future is unclear. Part of Machida’s appeal was the mysticism he brought into the Octagon -- the puzzle of being a traditionalist in a sea of biker-gang tough guys. Now that Rua has proved pressure is a potential solution, Machida can no longer be sold as an anomaly. Flaws in his system have been exposed. If people tolerated his disciplined approach because they were curious to see him figured out, that appeal is gone. It is up to him whether the return of his family’s karate will be as compelling an attraction as its emergence. Fortunately, most classic martial arts stories revolve around revenge.

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