His mixed martial arts career may have been cut off at the legs with the apparent demise of EliteXC, but Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson will still manage to grace a television screen near you… and soon.
No, Kimbo hasn’t yet struck a deal to appear on Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter.” That may be – as UFC president Dana White says – Kimbo’s only entrance into the Octagon, but it’s not his only route to TV.
If you have kids under the age of 15 in your household – or if you just like to indulge in a little Sponge Bob when nobody’s watching – you probably already know that Kimbo makes his official acting debut in Nickelodeon’s “Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh.”
Kimbo portrays “Bludge” in the holiday special, a bully character that you don’t know whether he’s going to “smash somebody or if he’s going to give you a hug and a kiss.” Bludge actually helps Drake and Josh keep a promise they made to a family of foster children.
According to his behind the scenes interview on Nick.com, Kimbo hit it off well with Drake & Josh star Josh Peck, who apparently took Kimbo under his wing for the former EliteXC fighter’s acting debut.
“Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh” premiers Friday, Dec. 5 on Nickelodeon.