Late Monday night, the mixed martial arts world suffered a great loss, as Kimbo Slice died. He was 42-years-old.
Slice was a beloved MMA fighter even though his image would say otherwise. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), his former employer, released a statement following his passing.
“UFC is saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Ferguson, known to fans around the world as Kimbo Slice,” the statement said. “Slice will forever be a part of UFC history as a contestant on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter in 2009, and for having fought twice inside the Octagon at The Ultimate Fighter Finale and UFC 113. He carried himself as a true professional during his time in our organization.
“While he will never be forgotten for his fighting style and transcendent image, Slice will also be remembered for his warm personality and commitment to his family and friends. UFC offers its sincere condolences to Slice’s family, friends and teammates at American Top Team.”
Slice was scheduled to fight in July for his current employer, Bellator. However that will not be the case now, as the company will have to find a new main event.
There were reports last night from a family member that they believe Ferguson died of
a heart attack. He was 5-2 in his MMA career, but he was credited with a “knockout” win over DADA 5000 (Dhafir Harris) in Feb.
However, after he was found to use a steroid, the fight was ruled a no contest.
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