Kimbo Slice has passed away.
Bellator president Scott Coker confirmed Slice’s death in a statement to Yahoo news:
“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 trancended the sport.”
“Outside 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.”
Slice was hospitalized early Monday near his home in Coral Springs, Florida. He passed away shortly after.
Details surrounding Kimbo’s death are unclear but no foul play is suspected. Kimbo, real name Kevin Ferguson, last fought at Bellator 149 against Dada 5000. The victory was later overturned because he tested positive for steroids.
Kimbo earned most of his fame organizing backyard fighting videos. Later he had a short stint in the UFC but it didn’t pan out.
Videos of his infamous street fights were viral and shot him to fame since they were viewed endlessly on youtube. He also appeared on season 10 of THe Ultimate Fighter but was promptly eliminated by Roy Nelson in the opening round. He later appeared on the season finale and won against Houston Alexander. His last match in the UFC was a loss from Matt Mitrione via knockout back at UFC 113.
Slice fought his last two fights in Bellator to huge television ratings for each. Prior to facing Dada 5000 at Belaltor 149 he defeated Ken Shamrock in June 2015.
He had been scheduled to rematch against James Thompson at Bellator 158 on July 16th. Slice’s record as an mma artist was 5-2-1. In addition he also had seven professional boxing bouts and he’s won all 7 of them – 6 by knockout.
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson also dabbled a little bit in acting notably appearing in The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption (Video).
Our thoughts go out to the family.