MMA Fighter Kimbo Slice Hospitalized in ‘Dire Situation’

MMA Fighter Kimbo Slice Hospitalized in ‘Dire Situation’

MMA fighter Kimbo Slice was reportedly admitted to hospital near his home in Florida early on Tuesday.

According to a report by TMZ, Slice, real name Kevin Ferguson, was taken from his home in Coral Springs by emergency services before being admitted into care.

It is currently unclear as to the reason for Ferguson’s lapse in health, although TMZ reported the fighter was in a “dire situation”.

Sergeant Carla Kmiotek of the Coral Springs Police Department told ESPN.com that Ferguson, had been hospitalised locally while officers had been dispatched to his residence to prevent a potential gathering outside. Officers were reportedly in the process of gathering information from family members.

The Bellator MMA fighter last fought for the franchise on the co-main event of Bellator 149. However after defeating American Dhafir Harris, the result was overturned when Slice tested positive to anabolic steroids.

The 42-year-old first rose to prominence as a cult figure through a series of backyard fighting videos posted on YouTube in 2003. He started his professional career in MMA in 2007 after signing a contract with Elite Xtreme Combat.

The heavyweight enjoyed a brief stint in the UFC after successfully navigating his way to the Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale, where he beat Houston Alexander via decision in December 2009.

Tipped at the time as a potential future heavyweight title contender, Ferguson’s UFC career was short lived. He was beaten in the second round of his debut bout at UFC 113 by Matt Mitrione.

Following the loss, Dana White immediately announced the franchise’s intention to remove him from their roster.

“That’s probably Kimbo’s last fight in the UFC,” White told MMA fighting in 2010. 

“He’s done,” White said. “We’re probably going to cut him.”

Rather than continue with MMA, Ferguson turned to boxing, where he made seven professional appearances, going unbeaten with six of his wins by way of knockout.

The fighter’s last bout in the ring was in Sydney in 2013, when he knocked out Aussie fighter Shane Tilyard.

Retiring with a record of 7-0, Ferguson returned to MMA, signing with Bellator MMA on a multi-fight deal in January last year.

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