Kimbo Slice

Active - 2007 - 2012  |   Born - Feb 8, 1974 in Nassau, Bahamas  |   Died - Jun 6, 2016 in Margate, FL  |   Genres - Sports & Recreation [nf], Action

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One of the most feared Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters in the United States, Kimbo Slice was born Kevin Ferguson in Nassau, Bahamas, and grew up in Florida. Ferguson attended Miami Palmetto High School, then parlayed his hulking, barrel-chested frame into a successful career as a bodyguard and bouncer at several companies, most notably the Florida-based Internet porn conglomerate RK Netmedia. The said outfit learned of Ferguson's after-hours participation, for cash, in local street brawls, which inspired the company to begin filming Ferguson's fights and disseminate them online, imparting him with the stage name of Kimbo Slice.

Slice's reputation as a seemingly indomitable brawler grew via the Internet, and his popularity spread like wildfire -- encouraging him to formally train in Mixed Martial Arts under the aegis of underworld fighting coach Bas Rutten. Slice subsequently fought for such MMA organizations as the EliteXC and the CFFC (Cage Fury Fighting Championships). Cinematically, Ferguson landed a role in director Ben Ramsey's 2008 martial arts saga Blood and Bone. Four years later, he could be seen in the straight-to-video sequel The Scorpion King 3:Battle for Redemption. Slice's career cooled after that, though he did briefly return to MMA. Slice died in 2016, at age 42.

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  • Born the oldest son of 11 kids in Nassau, Bahamas, before being raised in Miami.
  • Played middle linebacker at Miami Palmetto High School, though his gridiron time was limited because of Hurricane Andrew.
  • Lived in his green 1987 Nissan Pathfinder until he found work as a strip-club bouncer; later became a bodyguard for an Internet-based adult-entertainment company in Miami.
  • Gained notoriety as a combatant in Internet fights, and, thanks to his high-profile exposure on YouTube, he attracted a large underground following.
  • Was dubbed "King of the Web brawlers" by Rolling Stone.