Street fighter-turned MMA star Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson now has his sights set on making his debut as a professional boxer, and the Miami-stationed fighter already has a grudge match brewing in the boxing world. Slice recently appeared on the latest episode of MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and responded to verbal jabs thrown by pro-boxer James “Lights Out” Toney, who recently tried and failed to make a successful UFC debut.
Toney, who was thoroughly trounced by MMA legend Randy “The Natural” Couture in his MMA debut August 28th at UFC 118, had called Slice out when it was first announced that the decorated boxer would be joining the UFC’s roster. Slice was released from the UFC before a match between the two crossover stars could materialize but the Bahamian told Helwani that he would be open to meeting Toney on his home turf.
“I never heard anything about me fighting James Toney, but you know, like I said, again, I’ll fight anybody, man,” said Slice. “C’mon, everybody knows that about me from my street-fighting days. Put anybody in front of me, train me to be the best, I’ll fight the best. That’s one thing about Kimbo Slice that everybody knows.”
It is unclear whether or not Toney will return to MMA, though he has stated that he will, but as it stands Slice has enjoyed more success in the MMA world than Toney. Slice fought twice officially for the UFC, dominating Houston Alexander and coming up short against Matt Mitrione; though he was far from a world-beater, Slice said even he would have been able to avoid the seldom-seen low singe leg takedown that signaled the beginning of the end for Toney at UFC 118.
“Yeah, kinda. I was [surprised],” Slice said of how poorly Toney did in his MMA debut. “I would have sprawled out.”
As far as Toney calling him out and sending some trash talk his way, Slice said that he pays it no mind and that he doesn’t plan on joining in on the verbal battle anytime soon.
“No, it don’t bother me, man,” he said. “That sh– don’t bother me. I’m a grown man. That’s how they do it. That’s part of the game. They can talk sh– all they want to, but when we face-to-face, they ain’t going to do that. I’m not a sh—talker. Never have been, never will be.”