Freelance: Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Forced Off of Bellator 160
Amidst all the pomp and circumstance that surrounded UFC with Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson dropped some unfortunate news to MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani. An injured MCL means that he will not be making his professional MMA debut next Friday night.
Slice said in a statement, “My role in the Team Body Shop Bellator takeover hit a bit of a snag over the weekend while training, and I’m sad to say that my Bellator debut will have to wait a little longer,”
“I won’t need any surgery though, and that’s bad news for every single mother f—-r on the roster. All of the fan support in the lead up to this fight has been overwhelming & I can’t wait…”
"I’ll still be at the event holding it down for my teammates AJ McKee and Joey Davis. Best believe I’ll be knocking heads out sooner than later.”
Bellator has not commented on the situation at this time. Slice is still on the card at the time of this writing according to Sherdog.com. See the debut in the sport that has turned so many heads aside from the name on the marquee below.
For those of you wondering, MMA was not Ferguson Jr.’s first option. He studied photography at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco.
“No, no, he (Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson Sr.) didn’t want me to do it,” he previously revealed. “He wanted me to go to school. That’s why I went to college. He told me to experience college first, and then if I’m not liking it or feeling it, then fine. But he said to never have MMA as my first option, school first.”
It seems to be the right choice at the moment in spite of the injury, but he’s learning all the lessons that come with the life.
“I understand it more. I see the hard work [my father] put in. The dedication, and all the sacrifices he made. I’ve got to make the same sacrifices.”
Bellator 160 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA will feature the MMA/pro debut of D-II wrestling standout Joey Davis that Ferguson Jr. spoke of in addition to the Bellator debut of Chinzo Machida, the older brother to former UFC champion, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida.
In the main event, “Smooth” Benson Henderson takes on Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in his move up to 155 pounds to determine Lightweight champion “Iron” Michael Chandler’s first challenger since winning the belt a second time.
See the event August 26 at 10/9c on Spike.