The son of recently deceased MMA heavyweight and Youtube ‘backstreet fighting’ star Kimbo Slice, Kevin Ferguson Jr, is set to make his own professional mixed martial arts debut at Bellator 160.
Despite being no more than a mediocre MMA fighter, Kimbo Slice- real name Kevin Ferguson- was one of the most recognisable faces in the sport. Made famous through youtube clips of him fighting a series of bare-knuckle boxing matches, Slice tried his hand at sanctioned combat, where despite mixed results, his affable family man persona contrasted with the image of him as a fearsome brawler won him even more fans.
It was with great sadness, then, that the world of MMA greeted the news that he had died of heart failure while training to fight in a rematch with James ‘The Colossus’ Thompson at Bellator 158 at the O2 Arena in London this summer.
In the days that followed there was a -swiftly rebuffed- rumour that Slice’s son could potentially have fought on the card as a replacement. This was always unlikely as Kevin Ferguson Jr is a very new competitor to the sport of MMA, with little over two years of training, and only one (successful) amateur fight to his name.
Now it seems that the promotion with which his father has his last fight will give him his professional debut at Bellator 160, according to a report from the Associated Press. Ferguson Jr. trains at Team Bodyshop MMA in California under the tutelage of trainer and veteran fighter Antonio McKee.