Kimbo Slice passes away at 42

Kimbo Slice passes away at 42

By Edward Carbajal

Photo: Bellator MMA

Photo: Bellator MMA

The news broke late Monday night about the passing of Kevin Ferguson (5-2,1 NC), best known as “Kimbo Slice”. At 42-years old the news was hard to believe and when the news was finally confirmed fight fans and promotions that worked with the YouTube famous backyard brawler turned professional MMA fighter released statements on his passing. Ferguson was under contract with Bellator MMA and president, Scott Coker released the following statement:

We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family. One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport.

Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo’s friends, fans, and teammates.
— Bellator MMA President Scott Coker

When Ferguson transitioned into MMA he was eager to expand his knowledge of the fight game. Interviews would show him saying how eager he was to learn, even spending time with Bas Rutten to try and adapt his style of fighting to MMA. He fought for Elite XC, was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 and fought for at UFC 113, and last fought at Bellator 149. He was scheduled for a rematch against James Thompson at Bellator 158 next month.

Ferguson may not have been the most well-rounded fighter for the sport, and he was aware of this but he brought a lot of new fans to a sport that has had a constant struggle to grow. Fans of MMA that were not fans of Kimbo Slice cannot deny that he helped bring more people to the sport. He will be missed.

The UFC also released a statement once his passing was confirmed and you can read that here.

 

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.

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