There is no doubting that Kevin Ferguson Jr. has the name value to quickly ascend the MMA rankings.
“Baby Slice,” though, doesn’t just want to be known for his family lineage. Instead, he wants to become greater than that of his father, the late Kimbo Slice, who passed away.
Ferguson Jr. returns to the Bellator cage this Friday night at Bellator 197 from St. Charles, Missouri and the Family Arena when he faces Devon Brock in a main card bout live on Paramount Network.
“I didn’t like hard work or anything, just let me fight,” he said. “But there is more to it than that. You have to train. It started with my dad street fighting, he turned pro and now his son is fighting and he is even better than his dad was. That’s what I want people to see.”
The 25-year-old Ferguson (2-1) has made all three of his pro appearances with Bellator, which is run under Scott Coker, the same guiding force for his father back in the day. While he retains the power like Kimbo, the sport of MMA has forced his son to become even more.
“I’ve just evolved and taken it to the next level,” Slice said. “It’s cool to fight for the same company. I think he’d be happy to see that.”
Growing up in Miami, fighting – especially the street fighting way – became second-nature for Ferguson. He made his amateur debut in 2016, knocking out Tom Brink. A few short months later, Bellator signed him.
Ferguson lost his pro debut to Aaron Hamilton via second round submission, but has scored back-to-back wins since over DJ Griffin via first round TKO and Fred Freeman via first round submission.
“I first started off watching Roy Jones, Mike Tyson,” he said. “He was always fighting and I was always around. Since I was a kid, I have always been (training). But there is differences. The power is the same, but I’m kicking, learning submissions.”