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Kimbo Slice dies suddenly at 42

Though he wasn't the most successful fighter, Kimbo Slice took an alternate route to his MMA career and became a mega-star because of it.

Though he wasn’t the most successful fighter, Kimbo Slice took an alternate route to his MMA career and became a mega-star because of it.

Kimbo Slice died Monday night just hours after being hospitalized for undisclosed reasons near his home in South Florida. He was 42 years old.

“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family,” Bellator president Scott Coker said in a statement. “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.”

Slice, who was born Kevin Ferguson, became an internet sensation for his backyard brawling videos and successfully turned that into an MMA career. Slice went just 5-2 (1 NC) in his career and never stuck in the UFC, made a comeback as a featured fight in Bellator over the past year because of the name and fame be built from his internet videos.

Slice debuted as a professional mixed martial artist in 2007 in EliteXC before making his UFC debut in 2009. Slice fought twice in the UFC before retiring in 2010. However, he returned with Bellator in 2015 to fight Ken Shamrock and then Dada 5000.

His win over Shamrock ended a long feud that they had that was never resulted. He slipped out of a rear-naked choke to earn a first round TKO. Then he earned a third-round TKO victory over Dada 5000 (Dhaffir Harris). That was later overturned to a no contest after Slice tested positive for a banned substance, but despite the failed test he was still scheduled to fight James Thompson at Bellator 158 on July 16 in London.

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