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Kevin Ferguson, often known as Kimbo Slice, is an American boxer and mixed martial artist who was born on February 8, 1974, in Nassau, Bahamas. He has also represented himself as an actor occasionally. Slice came in limelight after his mutual combat street fights that went viral on the internet. For this popularity, Rolling Stone named him “ The King of the Web Brawlers.” He has been in the ring as a professional fighter since 2007. He has been under contract to Bellator MMA.
Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Kimbo Slice moved to the United States along with his family and grew up in Florida. He was born as a son to Rosemary Clarke. Slice grew up along with his two brothers. He started his school education from Bel-Air Elementary School and later attended Cutler Ridge Middle School, Richmond Heights Middle School, and Miami Palmetto High School to complete his school education. He started to fight at the age of 13 when he tried to defend a friend. He was star middle linebacker at Miami Palmetto High School. He studied Criminal Justice at the University of Miami and he also attended Bethune-Cookman University where he was the recipient of the athletic scholarship.
“A bird can fly as high as it wants but it eventually has to come down to earth and get some water.. and when it comes down to get that water that’s when you strike.”
Before getting his job as a limousine driver and bodyguard for RK Netmedia, Slice has been working as a bouncer in a strip club. Slice still has a good relationship with the Netmedia and they go together in fights. In 2002, he was caught by police with a concealed weapon. He started his career in unofficial mutual combat street fights. He was named Slice after he left a large cut on Big D’s right eye in his first taped fight which went viral on the internet. He lost against Sean Gannon, which is his only one loss in the on-tape street fight.
Kimbo Slice started his training as a martial artist under Marcos Arvellan and David Avellan at Freestyle Fighting Academy in 2005. Initially, he was trained for street boxing but eventually, he began to develop his interest in MMA. He made his MMA debut after signing against Ray Mercer who is an Olympic gold-medalist, at Cage Fury Fighting Championship 5 on June 23, 2007, in Atlantic City where he defeated Mercer. During his career, he has fought in Elite XC, Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Bellator MMA. After his fight against rival DaDa 5000 on February 2016, he failed drug test and he is about to receive punishment.
Besides his fighting career, Kimbo Slice made an appearance in a commercial of anti-virus and the advertisement was called Caterpillar vs Kimbo. He has made his appearance in various films such as Blood and Bone (2009), Locked Down (2010) and Circle of Pain (2010). He is currently engaged with his long-term girlfriend Antionette Ray and the couple has six children. The family currently resides in Coral Springs, Florida.