Not long ago, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson was one of the most discussed professional mixed martial artists alive. Despite only competing six times as a professional, the Florida representative’s stock carried serious weight, as numerous taped street fights turned Ferguson into a bona fide YouTube sensation circa 2005.
After earning a shot at the big boys by being signed to Zuffa’s promotional powerhouse The Ultimate Fighting Championship, things went south fast.
A mediocre showing on Spike’s hit reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” somehow gave way to an opportunity inside the octagon. On December 5 of 2009, Kimbo made his official UFC debut, winning a lackluster unanimous decision over the inconsistent Houston Alexander. He would return five months later, only to be pummeled into submission by Matt Mitrione.
Following the loss, Ferguson was released from his UFC contract. Initial reports indicated Slice may head the path of the professional wrestler, though boxing banter soon stirred.
On Saturday, August 13, Kimbo Slice did indeed make his professional boxing debut, as he met James Wade (0-1) in a four-round affair. Four rounds were not required for Ferguson to make an impression; 10 seconds into the bout, Ferguson landed a crushing punch that sent Wade sprawling into the ropes unconscious.
Mixed martial arts may not have been the fruit bearing tree Kimbo had hoped for, but I suppose ruling out a lucrative boxing career can’t be completely dismissed after last evening’s showing.