Kevin Ferguson is one of the most divisive figures in mixed martial arts. Most people with even a passing interest in MMA are familiar with his backstory.
The man known as “Kimbo Slice” gained stratospheric levels of fame nearly a decade ago on the strength of his backyard brawling skills. His YouTube fight videos have garnered millions of hits and made him an internet sensation. On the strength of his notoriety as a knockout artist, he has headlined and been featured on cards from EliteXC, UFC, and now Bellator.
But that fame has always far outpaced his actual skills in the cage. In fact, when not beating up amateurs in unsanctioned brawls, Slice has looked downright awful at times. His 14-second knockout loss to journeyman Seth Petruzelli effectively scuttled EliteXC. Look no further for an example of what happens when an organization recklessly invests in Slice.
Following a stint on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 10 (in which he lost in the opening round) and a tepid decision victory over UFC washout Houston Alexander in his official debut, Slice was unceremoniously pounded out by Matt Mitrione in only “Meathead’s” second pro bout.
Most recently in Bellator, several years removed from his MMA prime (such as it was), he knocked out the geriatric Ken Shamrock (after nearly being choked out), and then waged one of the worst fights in modern MMA history against Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris.
But worse than merely giving Kimbo Slice fights, Bellator is making him one of their most-promoted fighters. This, despite a litany of arguments to the contrary. That’s where LowKick comes in. We will elucidate those arguments and try to convince Scott Coker and Co. to see the reasons it’s time to get out of the Kimbo Slice business.