carved out a niche all his own in mixed martial arts.
You know him as “Kimbo Slice.”
His career born out of a series of high-traffic YouTube videos that
featured his unsanctioned bareknuckle brawls in Miami boatyards,
Ferguson fought eight times -- 10 if you count exhibition bouts
against Ray Mercer
-- in MMA, appeared on Season 10 of “The Ultimate
Fighter” reality series and exposed a whole new audience to the
sport. He threw out his anchor at
American Top Team
, endearing himself to former
World Extreme Cagefighting
champion turned trainer Mike Thomas
. The Bahamian-born heavyweight died in June 2016 at the
age 42, leaving behind a legacy that was hard to quantify but no
less compelling. Ferguson compiled a 5-2 record with one
no-contest, his wins over Bo Cantrell
and Ken Shamrock
offset by losses to Seth
Here are five things you might not know about “Kimbo Slice,” a
larger-than-life character who was nothing if not remarkable:
1. He has Olympic bloodlines.
Slice is the cousin of Rhadi
, a four-time national judo champion who competed in
the discipline at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Ferguson himself fought three times as a mixed martial artist,
including a kneebar submission against John
at a Strikeforce Challengers event in January 2011.
2. MMA was not his only combat sports
Boxing was also near and dear to Slice’s heart. He amassed a 7-0
record as a professional boxer, scoring six knockouts. He made what
would be his final appearance in the ring on Jan. 30, 2013, when he
knocked out Shane Tilyard in the second round of their encounter at
the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia.
3. He made the most of his opportunities.
Slice’s mixed martial arts career encompasses a grand total of
50:12 of actual fight time. He competed in three different
Ultimate Fighting Championship
4. Being an underdog was all but foreign to
Perhaps owing to his intimidating appearance and reputation as a
street fighter, Slice opened as a favorite in seven of his eight
professional MMA bouts, according to BestFightOdds.com. His clash
at “The Ultimate Fighter 10” Finale serves as the
only outlier: Slice opened as an even bet against “The Assassin” in
what would be the first of his two outings inside the Octagon. He
closed as a favorite against every opponent, save for Mitrione
(-145) and Alexander (-230).
5. His level of competition left a lot to be
Though it was commensurate with his skill and experience, the
quality of Slice’s opposition was subpar at best. The eight men he
fought have 86 losses between them.