Kimbo Slice, born Keith Ferguson, has passed away at the age of 42. TMZ reported that he was hospitalized earlier in the night in Coral Springs, FL and died not long after. The cause of death is not yet known. Slice was a controversial figure his entire career, even before his days as a professional fighter. Slice first came to fame in the age of the internet, when his street fights and backyard fights made the rounds online.
From there, he trained specifically in mixed martial arts and signed a deal to become a professional MMA fighter. His career also included an impressive period as a professional boxer. In this article, we take a look at Slice – star fighter and family man – and the highlights of the career that made him such a beloved and polarizing figure. He is survived by his fiancee and six children.
MMA Record and Highlights
Slice’s MMA record was 5-2 in 8 matches. The eighth match, fought in 2016 for Bellator MMA, originally defeated Dhaffir Harris in Bellator 149. with a TKO. But after a failed steroid test came about, the decision was changed to a No Contest. This was his second Bellator fight; at Bellator 138 in 2015, when Slice came from behind to knock out Ken Shamrock.
Slice got his start in MMA fighting with EliteXC. He went 3-1 with them from 2007-2008, winning his first 3 matches. This includes a controversial win against James Thompson, where many were critical of the way he won rupturing Thompson’s cauliflower.
Perhaps most impressively in EliteXC, he defeated Tank Abbott in the first round, in a mere 45 seconds.
After EliteXC, Slice competed in the Ultimate Fighter Championship and went 1-1 from 2009-2010. The win was his first UFC match, a unanimous decision against Houston Alexander.
Boxing Record and Highlights
Between his time with UFC and Bellator, Slice took up professional boxing. Slice went an incredibly impressive 7-0 in his time as a boxer, considering his prior training had involved mixed martial arts. His first match was against James Wade in August 2011. The match lasted until there were 10 seconds left in the final round. That is when this happened:
Another impressive victory came against Brian Green, who fought Slice punch for punch til the very end. But 6 of Slice’s 7 matches ended with him knocking his opponent out. And that includes Green.
Slice’s final boxing match came in 2013 against Australian boxer Shane Tilyard. Once again, a knockout.
Highlights from these matches – and others – can be found below. RIP Kimbo Slice.