How do you get into MMA without putting the time in at a gym perfecting your art? Well you fight at backyard barbecues and post them on YouTube of course. Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, became an internet sensation a few years back by engaging in backyard brawls with all comers for money.
He's a true testament to how the information age has allowed us to take a guy who's essentially committing organized assault and thrust him into the MMA landscape with all the hype and media that most MMA fighters with traditional backgrounds could only dream of.
The mystery surrounding Slice was that he had this "incredible punching power." So how would that power fair against trained athletes? Well despite the now defunct Elite XC's attempt to make him their poster boy, his power and street fighting skill was not all that it was cracked up to be.
Against James Thompson he looked sluggish; his punches were ineffective which was pretty suspect considering that Thompson is not known for having a great chin. The true mark of Kimbo's mediocrity was when he faced off against virtual unknown Seth Petruzelli and was knocked out with what seemed to be a phantom punch. Not only did this loss sink Kimbo's status even further, but it effectively killed the Elite XC who placed all their hopes in Kimbo.
A short time later, UFC President Dana White offered Slice the chance to join the UFC via their Ultimate Fighter reality show. White, who was very vocal about what he thought of Kimbo in the beginning of Slice's MMA career, took this opportunity to really pump up the 10th season of TUF by bringing him on the show. While Slice showed that he was a likable and humble guy, his skill set was simply not developed enough to be successful in MMA.
In his two fights for the organization, he ended up with a record of 1-1, with his recent loss to fellow TUF competitor Matt Mitrione.
White, who is never one to waste much time, cut Slice from the promotion and has forever solved the mystery of how a guy like Kimbo would fair in the UFC.