Report: ‘Black Panther’ Actor to Star in Kimbo Slice Biopic Entitled ‘Backyard Legend’

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 2, 2018

Winston Duke, who played M’Baku in the blockbuster film “Black Panther, will star in a biopic about YouTube brawler-turned-mixed-martial arts star Kimbo Slice.

According to a report from IMDb, the film has a work title of “Backyard Legend.” Duke also is listed as an executive producer for the movie. Duke also appeared as M’Baku in “Avengers: Infinity War” and has had roles on TV series such as “Modern Family” and “Person of Interest.”

Slice rose to fame thanks to YouTube videos of his streetfights in Miami. That buzz eventually led to a brief-but-memorable career in mixed martial arts. Slice compiled a 5-2 record with one no contest while competing for EliteXC, the UFC and Bellator MMA. Virtually all of his MMA appearances were a massive ratings success, including a stint on Season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Slice died in June 2016 at age 42 due to heart issues. He fought for the final time in February 2016, defeating fellow Miami brawler Dhafir "Dada 5000" Harris at Bellator 149 in a bout that was later overturned to a no contest after Slice tested positive for steroids.


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