Freelance: Bellator to Debut ‘Baby Slice’ in August
Bellator 160 was already an event with big names attached to it with homegrown talent Patricio “Pitbull” Freire facing “Smooth” Benson Henderson to declare a Lightweight number one contender (if Henderson moves on, it will be his second title shot in two separate divisions in three fights.) Then the Viacom-owned promotion showed the power of the name “Slice” once again.
Just months after losing Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson to congestive heart failure, the company has signed his 24-year-old son. Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. has turned pro after just one amateur bout that ended by way of a knockout at 1:23 of the first round for Warrior Nation Xtreme Fighters Alliance against Tom Brink.
The popularity of his father has Ferguson answering questions from beyond the usual MMA websites. He recently spoke with the Associated Press.
“I was always around the fight business and everything, so I saw it and I understood what was going on,” Ferguson said. “I just knew without a doubt that one day, this was what I wanted to do.”
While he most certainly has drawing power thanks to his lineage, Bellator officials have said that he was signed before Ferguson Sr.’s death in June. He will also be working his way up the ranks. It might seem early to go pro, but the fight is taking place on the Bellator 160 undercard, The event emanates from Anaheim, California’s Honda Center on August 26.
Ferguson Jr,’s opponent has not be named at this time, but the AP has reported that it is expected to be announced this week. He is currently training for the contest with fellow Bellator fighters A.J. McKee and Bubba Jenkins in the host state of California at Body Shop MMA.
Ferguson Sr. trained with the famed American Top Team of Coconut Creek, Florida until his passing.
Speaking of his father’s death, his namesake told the AP, “I won’t say I adjusted well or it didn’t bother me, but I was talking to him a few days before, so I understood what was going on,” “It was more of a shock to the world, put it like that. It was still a very big tragedy, but I got through it. I’m still getting through it. I won’t say I’m over it, but I’m working on it, I guess.”