On Monday, street fighting legend turn MMA fighter Kimbo Slice was hospitalized due to undisclosed reasons. It has now been learned that the 42-year-old fighter has sadly passed away. The cause of his death has yet to be confirmed.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family. One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport,” Bellator CEO Scott Coker said in a statement.
“Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo’s friends, fans, and teammates.”
Slice’s professional career began in November 2007 as he defeated Bo Cantrell by TKO at EliteXC: Renegade.
Kimbo Slice, born Kevin Ferguson, competed in multiple facets of mixed martial arts including appearances in UFC and, most recently, Bellator, where he was scheduled to fight next month. He career came to an end with a 5-2 record and one no contest, which came in his last bout against DaDa 5000.
“UFC is saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Ferguson, known to fans around the world as Kimbo Slice,” a statement from the Ultimate Fighting Championship read. “Slice will forever be a part of UFC history as a contestant on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter in 2009, and for having fought twice inside the Octagon at The Ultimate Fighter Finale and UFC 113. He carried himself as a true professional during his time in our organization.
“While he will never be forgotten for his fighting style and transcendent image, Slice will also be remembered for his warm personality and commitment to his family and friends. UFC offers its sincere condolences to Slice’s family, friends and teammates at American Top Team.”
Slice also boasted a 7-0 record as a boxer, most recently defeating Shane Tilyard in 2013.
Campus Sports would like to send their condolences to Slice’s family and friends.
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