Kimbo Slice made a name for himself long before he appeared on The Ultimate Fighter, but the reality series did give Kevin Ferguson the chance to compete inside the Octagon.
Slice passed away Monday night at 42 years of age. He was set to main event an upcoming Bellator card against James Thompson in London.
The UFC released a statement:
UFC is saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Ferguson, known to fans around the world as Kimbo Slice.
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.