Former rival of Kimbo Slice pays tribute
By Edward Carbajal
It is not uncommon for fighters to make amends after they fight. Dhafir Harris aka Dada 5000 says he and Kimbo Slice did that and not only has his passing had an effect on him, but so has his life in general. In a recent post on social media, Harris credits Kevin Ferguson (Slice) for paving the way for him to find success and compete in professional fighting as have others from similar backgrounds.
This is a tribute to The Life and Legacy of Kevin Anthony Ferguson also known to the World as (Kimbo Slice). A homegoing celebration (NOT OF HIS DEATH) but of his life! GOD Linded him to us and to the world for 42 years and he inspired a movement that captivated a nation and for that I was inspired and will forever be grateful. Because if it wasn't For Kimbo Slice! There would not be a Dada 5000! Sure we had our Differences and before we Fought I for gave him for every one of them. Kimbo Slice was and will be forever known for his epic and ferocious battles in the backyard that led him to National and international stardom. he is the true definition of a warrior a Husband and a Father, a son, a brother, a uncle and a cousin. That was taken way to soon! So my deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to his grieving family during these tough times. May GOD continue to bless and be with you all. Kevin although God may have called you home! you inspired me also a nation to believe and Achieve greatness and that anything is possible. At that Kevin Anthony "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson! (Job well done) You Showed the World that a guy from the Back yard circuit Can make it in Professional Sports. And may your sole rest in Peace For ever! amongst the Lord Amen.#DADA5OOO #ripkimboslice#Worrior#MadeHistory #Legend#History#Perrine#DatPart
What he references in his post is covered extensively in the film Dawg Fight (2015) by Billy Corben who was hesitant to report Ferguson’s death the night it happened. Like many close to Ferguson the news was sudden and hard to believe for Corben. A professional fighter dying at the relatively young age of 42 is indeed sudden, and disturbing. A report surfaced that Ferguson needed a heart transplant from The Sun Sentinel. This is raising questions about how long he was sick and how he could have been ready for his upcoming bout next month. Regardless of those issues, his mark on the sport is one many will remember for a long time.
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.