We’re only two days away from boxing legend James Toney’s highly anticipated mixed martial arts debut at UFC 118. While “Lights Out” is looking to start off his new career on a good note, former street brawler turned MMA fighter Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson will attempt to slide into the spot Toney recently vacated.
“I feel like a baby all over again,” said the 36-year-old told ESPNNewYork.com. “I’m thinking about this at night. I’m gonna be a problem in the heavyweight division. I’m going to be coming in with a bad demeanor. I want to see what it’s like to break some ribs, break a jaw with one punch.”
Kimbo leaves behind a 4-2 professional MMA record, and although he claims the mixed martial arts door isn’t complete slammed shut, his lack of a ground game will pretty much solidify his permanent exit.
“This is a career move,” he said. “I love fighting. I like to knock people the [expletive] out. I love engaging. Maybe some people think I’m crazy.”
Outside of the fact his future adversaries won’t be executing any double-leg takedowns inside the squared-circle, Kimbo has also noticed a significant amount of disenchantment within the boxing ranks and he’s fixin’ to rectify the situation, STAT.
“I’m safety first driving, wear my seatbelt,” Slice said. “Not in the ring. These fighters these days, they’re complacent, lazy. I’m hungry. I just dropped three of my kids off at tutoring. It’s expensive!”
Helping to support his career change is a familiar face in Gary Shaw, former EliteXC figurehead that originally gave Kimbo his shot in MMA. Shaw told ESPN he had just inked his former/current client to a contract and the bearded beast should be making his pro boxing debut “sometime between October and December.”
Kimbo was cut from the UFC after suffering a 2ndRound TKO loss to Matt Mitrione at UFC 113 this past May.