One year ago today, June 6th, 2016, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson tragically passed away from heart failure. He was 42 years old.
Kimbo had been diagnosed with heart failure, and doctors began to prepare to send him to a different medical center where he would be placed on a donor list, but sadly, he passed away before any of that was possible.
Kimbo Slice first rose to fame around the same time Youtube took off as one of the biggest things on the internet, and truthfully, I think Slice deserves some of the credit for it. In 2003 he began his street fighting career, challenging anyone and everyone who thought they were tough enough to stand and trade blows with him to do so, knocking out all types of individuals.
In 2005, Slice began to train martial arts, and by June of 2007 he had earned himself a fight against former Olympic gold-medalist boxer Ray Mercer, defeating him via guillotine choke in the first round. Then, in November of that same year, he made his pro-MMA debut, and defeated Bo Cantrell in just 19 seconds.
Kimbo would go on to fight professionally for 10 years, box in MMA and boxing, only losing twice (both in MMA). However, it wasn't Slice's incredible accomplishments in the ring that made him so special, it was the way he was as a human being that is so well recognized. Slice's demeanor and attitude made him come off as a brawler looking to bully and cause havoc anywhere he went, but in reality that couldn't be further from the truth.
Now, just a year later, Kimbo Slice's son, Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson Jr., one of Kimbo's six children, is carrying on his fathers legacy, as he earned his first career pro-MMA victory just last month under Bellator, and looks to have a promising career ahead.
I will leave you guys with some of Kimbo's best moments outside of the ring, and hope you fall down the rabbit-hole that was Kimbo Slice, the backyard brawler turned MMA star.