Update- Kimbo Slice Passed Medical Tests for Final Fight Before Death
The former Youtube sensation street-fighter turned Bellator MMA big name, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson died this past Monday due to what was later announced as congestive heart failure along with a liver mass. Both Bellator President Scott Coker and the UFC released statements.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family,” Coker said. One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport. Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo’s friends, fans, and teammates.”
“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.”
Sherdog.com reported Tuesday that he died while awaiting a heart transplant after being admitted to Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Fla with severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath, and neausa according to the medical examiner. He was being prepped for transport to Cleveland to be placed on a donor list.
Update 6/8/16: Slice successfully passed all medical examinations for his last fight at Bellator 149 against Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris, but MMAFighting.com notes that the governing Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has a history of being “lax.”
While Slice was never a technical or skilled fighter in the minds of many, his story of rising from his rough neighborhood in Miami to wanting to be a trained professional and eventually being the face of Bellator up to his death earned him respect.
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