Street fighter-turned-MMA fighter-turned professional boxer Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson recently made an appearance on MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and reflected on his short-lived MMA career and where he plans to go now that it has been announced that he will next appear in action in a professional boxing match.
Slice was a castmember on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter and, though he lost to Roy Nelson on the show, fought twice for the UFC as a result. He defeated Houston Alexander via decision but was then TKO’ed in the second round of a bout with TUF 10 castmate Matt Mitrione, dropping his pro MMA record to 4-2. Slice, now looking to compete as a boxer under promoter Gary Shaw, told MMAFighting that has no regrets about his time spent with the UFC.
“I’ve always been the same person, UFC ain’t done [expletive] to me except put more money in my pocket,” Slice said. “Bring me down or tear me up, the UFC was what it was; the opportunity to make some money and feed my family. That’s what it was. I’ve always been humble and I’ll still be that way. They [didn’t] make or break me.”
Slice, who gained his fame via well-cycled YouTube videos of his street fighting, cited a love of fistic combat as his impetus for taking to MMA and now boxing.
“Fighting is just something I love to do whether it’s MMA or boxing,” Slice said. “I tried MMA, but now I’m back to what my first love was.”
Though he is destined for now to compete as a boxer, Slice told MMAFighting that he is not ruling out a return to mixed martial arts.
“I wouldn’t say I’m done with [MMA], you know what I’m saying?” Slice said. “But my door is always open.”
Overall, Slice is staying positive; he looks back on his MMA career as a good thing and formative experience and is looking forward to his continued combat sports career.
“I thank god for the way everything went. It was a learning experience,” Slice said. “I’ve been a street fighter, I’ve been cage-tested and then hopefully I’ll be ready for the ring.”