Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson made his way from fighting in backyard brawls on YouTube to headlining fight cards on CBS and Showtime to being a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter,” headlining a Spike TV card and competing on an Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view.
After a technical knockout loss to Matt Mitrione at UFC 113, Ferguson was promptly cut by the Las Vegas-based fight promotion and former light heavyweight titleholder Rashad Evans weighed in on the axing of Slice.
“I was surprised he was cut directly after, but at the same time, the UFC tries to hold a high standard of competition,” Evans told TapouT Radio. “We’re supposed to be the big show, and it’s hard to maintain that credibility when you have somebody that’s really not at that level.”
Evans believes Ferguson was fighting an uphill battle entering mixed martial arts with the mythical status he garnered in online videos.
“I would have loved to have seen Kimbo get into the sport a few years younger and with a good training team,” commented the former champion.
“Kimbo’s biggest problem is he came into this sport with a big target on his back, so that really sheltered him from getting the kind of training that he could have really benefited from because he had to be careful who he trained with because he didn’t want somebody to go out there and try to hurt him just because he had his reputation. I think that’s what really hurt him in the end.”
Kimbo is currently fielding offers and it’s unclear where and when he will compete next, but it won’t be in the UFC.