Tragic news surfaced late Monday evening that YouTube sensation, and Bellator MMA fighter Kimbo Slice had passed away from heart failure in Florida at the age of 42.
While the MMA community was extremely saddened by Slice’s death, his former employers, the UFC, sent out a statement regarding his death which MMAMania obtained:
“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.”
Slice’s last fight was under the Bellator MMA banner against Dada 5000 in a rather infamous fight. Slice ultimately won the fight via 3rd round knockout, and had plans to compete in Bellator again.