June 6 2016 marked a dark day in combat sports history. The same week that Muhammad Ali had passed away we learned that the MMA community had lost one of their heroes too. Legendary Youtube sensation turned mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice had died suddenly of heart failure aged 42. It was a shock felt at the very core of the tight knit community and tributes poured in from all corners. Kimbo’s untimely death came during a turbulent time, with stars like Kevin Randleman, Jordan Parsons and Ryan Jimmo all passing within months of each other.
As the light of Kevin Ferguson’s existence was extinguished, the start of his son Kevin Jr.’s professional career has been ignited. Having fought a single amateur mixed martial arts contest on March 29, 2016, ‘Baby Slice’ will be making his pro debut with the last MMA promotion his father ever fought for. Bellator 160 will see Kevin Ferguson Jr.’s first step in to the world of pro fighting.
You may remember ‘Baby Slice’s’ nae from this brief clip giving him some exposure back in March of this year:
Talking on the sudden and very tragic passing of his famous father, as quoted by ESPN, Kevin Jr. says he’s still working on getting over his namesake’s deah:
“I won’t say I adjusted well or it didn’t bother me, but I was talking to him a few days before, so I understood what was going on,” Ferguson said.
“It was more of a shock to the world, put it like that. It was still a very big tragedy, but I got through it. I’m still getting through it. I won’t say I’m over it, but I’m working on it, I guess.”
With his father’s image now looming larger than ever, the spotlight is on ‘Baby Slice’ as he takes his turn to fight in the big leagues. Bellator 160 will go down on August 26 in Anaheim, California. Headlined by Benson Hendeson vs. Patricio Freire, the addition of Kevin Ferguson Jr. adds a little spice and nostalgia to the card.
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