Kevin Ferguson, better known to the YouTube and combat sports world as “Kimbo Slice,” has reportedly signed with Bellator MMA.
Is this real life?
CombatPress.com first broke the news late Thursday night. 5thRound.com has since confirmed Ferugson’s signing with sources close to the situation.
An official announcement is expected to be made during tonight’s Bellator 132 event on Spike TV.
Ferguson became a YouTube sensation in the mid-2000s when his brutal street fights went viral. He entered MMA shortly after, making his debut in the cage for EliteXC in November 2007 by knocking out Bo Cantrell.
Man, that seems like eons ago…
EliteXC brought Ferguson along slowly, but put all their eggs in Kimbo’s basket given his mainstream popularity. He started off 3-0, but EliteXC and the Kimbo hype train came tumbling down when Seth Petruzelli served up an upset special with a TKO victory in October 2008.
In what most believed was a game changing move at the time, UFC president Dana White signed Ferguson to be a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 10.” He was quickly eliminated in the tournament’s first round by Roy Nelson, who went on to take the tourney.
Ferguson made his UFC debut by beating Houston Alexander, but left the promotion after getting dominated by Matt Mitrione in his next outing in May 2010.
Ferguson, now 40, went on to try his hand at boxing, where kicks, takedowns and Brazilian jiu jitsu were eliminated from the equation. He owns a 7-0 pro boxing record, though hasn’t competed in the ring since last January.
Interesting move by Bellator, which will surely bring on its fair share of criticism. However, it will also garner its fair share of eyeballs. Imagine the numbers a Tito Ortiz vs. Kimbo Slice scrap would do?