In June, the MMA community lost one of its biggest personalities in Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson when he succumbed to heart failure. Though his passing did leave a void in the sport, there is someone who is trying to fill it.
Kimbo Slice's son Kevin Ferguson Jr., also known as Baby Slice, will be making his professional MMA debut at Bellator 160. This will be Ferguson Jr.'s biggest step yet in his quest to follow in his father's footsteps. Far from wanting to be just a carbon copy of his dad though, Baby Slice wants to surpass his famous father.
"Before his passing, I was going to fight regardless," Ferguson said. "He didn't learn the ground [game] as much. Me, I'm different. I'm evolving the 'Slice' name. ... Now when I train and I'm tired ... I'll push myself more because I know my father is watching me."
Baby Slice is coming off of an impressive amateur fight win against Tom Brink that saw him KO his opponent in the first round. Already known for his power, Baby Slice definitely picked up a thing or two from his dad. Both of them grew up as street fighters that turned their craft into a career.
"It made me tough, I fought a lot in the streets," Ferguson said.
Ferguson Jr.'s first pro fight will be against Jonathan Tomasian, who will also be making his professional MMA debut. Tomasian is 2-0 as an amateur MMA fighter, but hasn't competed since 2014. With very little knowledge of both fighters, it will be a big test for both men.
To help improve his fighting skills, Baby Slice has moved from Florida out to Team Body Shop in California, under the tutelage of Antonio McKee. The change of venue may be exactly what Baby Slice needs to burst onto the scene in his debut.
The fight takes place on August 26 at the Honda Center in Los Angeles. Bellator 160 will be headlined by former UFC Champion Benson Henderson taking on Patricio Freire, and will also showcase Saad Awad facing Derek Anderson in the co-main event.
Baby Slice will try and start his pro career off right with a win, and maybe take his first steps to achieving MMA glory.
You can see Champions.co's full interview with Baby Slice below.