Kevin Ferguson Jr., son of legendary mixed martial arts fighter Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, is set to take on the road which his father took as he is scheduled for his debut at Bellator 160 that will take place on Aug. 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Sherdog reported that Kevin Ferguson Jr., nicknamed “Baby Slice,” has no opponent yet. But Ferguson has been officially placed as one of the undercards in the event that will have former UFC champion Benson Henderson against former Bellator featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in the main event.
Kimbo Slice’s son to make pro MMA debut with Bellator: Kevin Ferguson Jr., the oldest son of late fighting star… https://t.co/dO97kVFgbe
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Ferguson told the Associated Press through ESPN that he has been in the fight business long and understood the rules and guidelines. He noted that he is prepared to follow his father’s footsteps and he would have wanted for his father to see him fight inside the ring.
“I just knew without a doubt that one day, this was what I wanted to do. I won’t say I adjusted well or it didn’t bother me, but I was talking to him a few days before, so I understood what was going on,” Ferguson said.
“It was more of a shock to the world, put it like that. It was still a very big tragedy, but I got through it. I’m still getting through it. I won’t say I’m over it, but I’m working on it, I guess.”
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He stated that he started MMA during his college days but did not take it seriously as he would also play basketball and football at the same time. He admitted that after he fell in love with the sport, he would train once a week and now that he is turning professional he trains at the Team Bodyshop in California run by MMA veteran Antonio McKee.
Many saw his father’s punching power in him during his amateur MMA debut when he scored a knockout against Tom Brink. Many are hoping that Ferguson would be able to put on a show in his professional debut next month.
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Aside from Ferguson debut and the Henderson- Freire bout, fight card for Bellator 160 is now taking shape with fight cards including Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Bubba Jenkins (featherweight); A.J. McKee vs. Henry Corrales (featherweight); and Saad Awad vs. Derek Anderson (lightweight).