Street Fighting Legend Kimbo Slice Brawls With “Afro Puff” (VIDEO)
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson was a bouncer and a limo driver for a porn producer until 2003, that’s when he started street fighting. Ferguson would fight random people and bust them up, and the videos went viral and he turned into a internet phenomenon.
What followed was a roller coaster ride of money, fame, and luck.
As social media momentum continued to build around Slice, legitimate fighting promotions started to take notice. Kimbo was signed by Elite XC and he was immediately crowned their marketing jewel. He went from fighting in alleys, to fighting in front of a national audience on CBS. Luckily for Slice, the sport of MMA was in its infancy and fans wanted to see brawlers. He didn’t have technique or style, but Slice could brawl.
Elite XC had invested so much of their company in Slice that they didn’t want to see him lose, so Kimbo’s first three fights were against over-matched opponents that he knocked out.
But that’s when the house of cards fell apart.
Slice was booked to fight Ken Shamrock on October 8th, 2008 at Elite XC: Heat. Shamrock was a living legend, although well past his prime, but if Slice lost he would still maintain a degree of credibility. However, Shamrock suffered a cut just hours before the fight, and he was scratched from the card. Elite XC elected to promote Seth Petruzelli from the undercard, and he was intended to be a sacrificial lamb. Unfortunately for both Elite XC and Slice, Petruzelli landed a short right cross that dropped Kimbo and ended the fight in just 14 seconds.
Elite XC had put all their eggs in the Kimbo Slice basket, and when he lost so emphatically, they went bust. Elite XC shut down their operations, and Slice was looking for work. Slice would go out to be a cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter” and he fought two times inside the Octagon for the UFC, but his aura of invincibility was already shattered.
Since being banished from the UFC after losing to Matt Mitrione at UFC 113, Slice has gone back to his old ways. No, I’m not talking about street fighting, I’m talking about knocking out over-matched bums. Slice now “fights” professional boxing matches, and I use those words extremely loosely. Here’s how it works…
Some members of the public will still pay to see Kimbo Slice fight, but if he fought a legit opponent he wouldn’t win. So Kimbo is booked to fight complete bums who either take a dive, or stick their chin out for a paycheque.
Check out a vintage street fighting video of Kimbo Slice fighting “Afro Puff,” as well as Kimbo’s famous loss to Seth Petruzelli…