There's a saying in MMA, "you never lose, you learn." Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson Jr. is learning that lesson now. The highly anticipated (and twice rescheduled) pro debut of the late Kimbo Slice's son finally happened this weekend at Bellator 165, and despite his loss, I saw a lot of potential.
The bout, which headlined the preliminary card, saw Baby Slice undoubtedly winning the fight. He dominated the first round and even used his wrestling skills to pull his opponent, Aaron Hamilton, to the ground (something his father rarely did). It was there that he landed some clean and powerful ground and pound, but the punishment was stopped after Baby Slice landed an illegal knee forcing the pair to be separated by the referee.
Entering the second round, Baby Slice looked geared up to finish his opponent with a D'Arce choke, but rolled the wrong way and ended up trapped in a guillotine choke, and was forced to tap.
What people didn't see, as the fight went to commercial, were the emotions Baby Slice went through. Disappointed, and maybe slightly embarrassed, Slice refused to leave the cage. He sat on his stool, head hung low surrounded by his corner.
Check out my photos from the bout here:
But, what I saw, and what many others did I'm sure, is his tool box. Despite losing, he showed he had every tool to win. Baby Slice should be proud of his performance and he proved that while he might be the son of Kimbo — he's got his own skillset.