Late final night (Mon., Jun 6, 2016), news pennyless that bareknuckle travel brawler-turned veteran churned martial humanities (MMA) warrior and boxer, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, died suddenly in South Florida during a age of 42. The accurate means of genocide is different during this time, nonetheless a internal news news has indicated that it was a hapless box of “heart failure.“
Social media was immediately flooded with support for Slice, 42, and his family, with promoters, fighters, friends, fans and only about everybody else entrance out of a woodwork to share their honour and personal thoughts — and even moments — with a “larger than life” personality.
In further to Bellator MMA, where Slice competed twice (1-0-1) and was now underneath contract, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) released a condolences on his black passing.
“UFC is saddened to learn of a flitting of Kevin Ferguson, famous to fans around a universe as Kimbo Slice. Slice will perpetually be a partial of UFC story as a competitor on deteriorate 10 of The Ultimate Fighter in 2009, and for carrying fought twice inside a Octagon during The Ultimate Fighter Finale and UFC 113. He carried himself as a loyal veteran during his time in a organization. While he will never be lost for his fighting character and conceptual image, Slice will also be remembered for his comfortable celebrity and joining to his family and friends. UFC offers a frank condolences to Slice’s family, friends and teammates during American Top Team.”
Slice, while underneath agreement with Elite XC, drew a madness of UFC President Dana White after it was suggested that Seth Petruzelli concluded to fill in on literally several hours notice (with concessions) when Ken Shamrock pulled himself out of a CBS-televised categorical eventuality behind in Oct. 2008. Slice’s violent amour and recognition during a time, total with a bearing on network radio — and a ensuing Gary Shaw-fueled controversy — delivered this all-time masterpiece:
Pure bullion … only like Slice’s ability to attract a throng — and observation assembly — wherever and whenever he seemed or competed.
Despite a rant, White and Co. clearly appreciated Slice’s starpower, after signing him to a understanding to contest on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10, that would, unsurprisingly, go down in a ratings record books as a many successful deteriorate of a “reality television” franchise. Slice would remove to contingent winner, Roy Nelson, during a uncover and contest during a Finale, scoring a unanimous preference over Houston Alexander in Dec. 2009. Slice would contest once some-more inside a Octagon, descending to Matt Mitrione around technical knockout during UFC 113 about 6 months later.
Rest in peace, Kimbo.