Kimbo Slice Biography: Kevin Ferguson, nickname Kimbo Slice, was a Bahamian MMA fighter, professional boxer, bare-knuckle boxer, and actor.
Kimbo Slice Biography
Kimbo Slice Biography: Kevin Ferguson was born Kimbo Slice on February 8, 1974, in Nassau, Bahamas. He moved to the United States and grew up in Cutler Ridge, Florida. His mother, Rosemary Clarke, reared him and his brothers. Kimbo had his first fistfight at the age of 13 at school while trying to defend his friend. He joined Miami Palmetto High School as a standout football player and middle linebacker. He attended Bethune-Cookman University and the University of Miami on an athletic scholarship, where he studied criminal justice.
Kimbo Slice Wiki
|Date Of Birth||February 8, 1974|
|Birth Place||Nassau, Bahamas|
|Profession||Mixed Martial Artist|
Kimbo Slice Personal Life
In May 1994, Slice married L. Shontae Ferguson. Rachelle, Kevin II, and Kevinah were their three children. Slice has three grandchildren and a granddaughter. Kimbo was engaged to long-time girlfriend Antionette Ray at the time of his death.
What is Kimbo Slice Net Worth?
Kimbo Slice was an American boxer and mixed martial artist of Bahamian origin with a net worth of $500,000 at the time of his death.
Kimbo Slice Career
His high school friend and future manager, Mike Imber, offered him a limousine transport and bodyguard position for RK Netmedia. RK Netmedia was formerly known as Reality Kings, a Miami-based production and promotion firm for pornographic films. In 2002, Ferguson was sadly accused of possessing a concealed weapon. 2003 defined the beginning of his vocation in street fighting. Online distribution of fight videos was dominated by the pornographic website Sublime Directory.
In his first recorded bout against a man named Big D, Ferguson left a large gash on his opponent’s right eye, prompting Internet users to nickname him “Slice.” The nickname stayed, and he combined his childhood nickname “Kimbo” with his family name “Slice” to create Kimbo Slice. Sean Gannon, a former Boston police officer trained in MMA, was his only opponent to defeat him on video. The popularity of the fight propelled both fighters to the forefront of mixed martial arts.
On June 23, 2007, Slice made his MMA début against former WBO Heavyweight champion Ray Mercer at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 5 in Atlantic City. The match was scheduled for a three-round exhibition subject to all professional MMA rules. Mercer was defeated with a guillotine hold at 1:12 of the first round by Slice. On October 11, 2007, Proelite.com announced signing a contract with Slice. Nineteen seconds into the first round, Kimbo defeated Cantrell via submission due to strikes. Icey Mike Imber is one of Kimbo’s closest companions and has also managed Kimbo’s career from the beginning.
In May 2008, Slice was the primary combat event of the first ever MMA event broadcast on the primetime television network EliteXC: Primetime. In October of that year, EliteXC was forced to declare bankruptcy. Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, informed Slice that if he wished to compete for the UFC, he must first contest on the television program “The Ultimate Fighter.” On December 5, 2009, Slice appeared on the show and defeated Houston Alexander. On May 8, 2010, Slice made his formal UFC pay-per-view and heavyweight debt payment. However, it was short-lived, as White expelled him from the UFC after he lost to Matt Mitrione.
In August 2010, following the conclusion of his UFC tenure, Slice declared his intention to become a professional boxer. On August 13, 2011, in Miami, Oklahoma, he made his professional boxing debut against James Wade and won via first-round knockout in just ten seconds. Due to an injury, he was forced to withdraw from his pro wrestling debut against sumo wrestler Shinichi Suzukawa in Japan in February 2011. Several months later, Slice returned to the boxing ring and defeated Tay Bledsoe in the opening round. In January 2013, he fought in Australia and defeated Shane Tilyard in the second round.
After five years since his last MMA bout, Bellator MMA announced in January 2015 that Slice had signed a multi-fight contract. On June 19, 2015, he defeated Ken Shamrock via TKO in his debut at Bellator 138. On February 19, 2016, Slice confronted Dada 5000 in his next match at Bellator 149. In the third round, Dada succumbed from exertion, allowing him to win via TKO. After the game, it was reported that Slice’s pre-fight drug test revealed traces of steroids. The Texas Athletic Commission fined him $2,500, revoked his combat license, and changed the contest’s outcome to a No Contest. Bellator President Scott Coker announced in April 2016 that Slice would rematch James Thompson on July 15, 2016, at London’s O2 Arena, but Slice tragically passed away before the bout.