The Ultimate Fighting Championship, previously represented by Kimbo Slice, has commented on the recent and tragic loss of the fighting icon.
Slice, real name Kevin Ferguson, died in Florida on Monday at the age of 42 following a long fighting career that came to prominence from backyard YouTube brawls.
The heavyweight competed briefly in UFC back in 2010 losing to Matt Mitrione at UFC 113 before embarking on a 7-0 boxing career over the next three years.
In their statement on Tuesday, UFC said the following:
“UFC is saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Ferguson, known to fans around the world as Kimbo Slice.
“Slice will forever be a part of UFC history as a contestant on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter in 2009, and for having fought twice inside the Octagon at The Ultimate Fighter Finale and UFC 113. He carried himself as a true professional during his time in our organization.
“While he will never be forgotten for his fighting style and transcendent image, Slice will also be remembered for his warm personality and commitment to his family and friends.
“UFC offers its sincere condolences to Slice’s family, friends and teammates at American Top Team.”
More details on the death of Slice, which came as a shock to everyone, are set to be made public soon amidst rumours of a heart attack.