Kevin Ferguson always wanted to be an All-American linebacker for the University of Miami. It didn’t work out for the man better known as Kimbo Slice, but he may have a second lease on life with his son Kevin Ferguson II.
Kimbo was a great football prospect in the early ’90s at Palmetto H.S. in the Miami area. His football career was derailed when his house was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew.
Kevin, a 16-year-old at Booker T. Washington H.S., is the spitting image of his menacing dad (pictured below) all the way down to the trademark facial hair. He’s got a big bushy beard, but doesn’t have to go with the bald head like his father. Kevin II has a tall mohawk. He looks slightly older than a junior in high school.
“I get that a lot. [People ask] ‘Are you 35? Let me see your birth certificate.’ I’m only 16. Come on dude! I just turned 16,” [Ferguson told the Orlando Sentinel in the video above].
Kevin II is one of nine kids. When his father’s in town he stays with Kimbo and the rest of the time he’s at Mom’s. He has a close bond with his Dad, who fought professionally for both EliteXC and the UFC. Said Ferguson:
“He’s a cool dad. He’s more like a brother to me, but you also have to keep the respect there because he’s also our father … not just our friend.”
Ferguson is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound running back with some extra pressure on his shoulders. People around Miami know Kimbo very well.
“It’s a motivation. Kimbo Slice being my dad is a motivation to not be as good as him, but to be better than him. So, when dudes criticize me about who he is, that just let’s me know that they know who I am, and I just go out there and try to make my presence known. I don’t try to be Kimbo Slice’s son, I want to be Kevin Ferguson the second.”
It’s still early in Ferguson’s development. He was backup at Miramar H.S. last year, but still decided to roll the dice by transferring to Booker T, a Florida superpower. If he wins a starting job during his junior or senior year and puts up numbers, he’s almost guaranteed a Division I scholarship. On a positive note he also sports a 3.2 GPA.
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Strikeforce release Alistair Overeem Even on the day of the biggest heavyweight fight in Strikeforce’s history it seems all attention is still on the breaking news that heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has been cut from his contract. The Demolition Man only had one fight remaining on his current Strikeforce contract, leading to previous concerns regarding [...]
My special two-day four-part ?5 Reasons Why? posts continue into their second and final day right on the eve of Strikeforce: ?Fedor vs. Henderson?. Yesterday, I examined why this fight could be perceived as a ?freak show? fight and also why Fedor Emelianenko could beat Dan Henderson. Today, I?ll be covering the reverse of both [...]Read More
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When Martin Kampmann takes to the Octagon for his next in-ring outing the well-rounded Dane will be looking to snap a two-fight skid for the first time in his career, a fact that doesn?t sit well with the Xtreme Couture original. Adding to the frustration of a controversial loss in his last match-up has also [...]Read More
If you didn?t believe it before, you better believe it now: Strikeforce is officially on its deathbed. When it was announced that Strikeforce had decided to remove its Heavyweight Champion, Alistair Overeem, from their World Heavyweight Grand Prix, many fans and insiders pointed to Overeem?s departure as a strong indicator that Zuffa had no plans [...]Read More
PROGRAMMING REMINDER: Rashad Evans live chat today at NBC Sports, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon appearance tonight
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and UFC 133 headliner Rashad Evans will appear on a new episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC tonight to discuss his bout next weekend with Tito Ortiz and more.
Fallon has had a number of MMA fighters, along with UFC President Dana White, on his program in the past, and has long been a fan of the sport himself.
In addition to that appearance tonight, Evans will be doing a live chat with Ariel Helwani and fans at NBCSports.com beginning at 2:30PM ET this afternoon.
[Rashad Evans art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
HDNet?s Inside MMA has reported that Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has been released from the promotion. According to Ron Kruck, Strikeforce has exercised the right to eliminate the one remaining fight on his contract. Last week it was reported that Overeem had been pulled from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament due to an [...]Read More
STRIKEFORCE “FEDOR VS. HENDERSON” PREVIEW: Penick’s breakdown and predictions for Showtime event from Illinois
By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
Strikeforce returns to Showtime on Saturday night from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and they’ve got one hell of a fight card on tap for fans. Though Fedor Emelianenko has lost his last two fights, he is still the greatest heavyweight fighter the sport has seen thus far. He’s reaching the end of his rope, but it may not be over just yet. In taking on a fellow longtime veteran and legend in his own right in Dan Henderson, this is a fight that is simply a fantastic meeting between two greats in this sport. Throw in a great women’s title fight, a middleweight meeting between the two previous title challengers and a pair of welterweight fights sure to deliver fireworks, and this is a great card. Here’s what’s on tap for the Showtime broadcast:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson (Heavyweight)
Despite suffering two straight losses, Fedor Emelianenko enters this fight as the realistic favorite. He’s got a very significant size advantage, his grappling game matches up well with Henderson’s, as does his striking game, and he’s the better submission fighter as well.
But Henderson enters the fight off of two straight knockout losses and finishes in three of his last four. Those have come against a middleweight and a couple of light heavyweights, but all the same, Henderson is riding one of the best runs of his career.
There are certainly reasons to believe both fighters can win this fight. Henderson, if he employs the right game plan, can absolutely put Emelianenko on his back and utilize his ground and pound game while defending submission attempts to earn a decision. With the punishment Fedor absorbed in his fights against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Brett Rogers, it’s also reasonable to see Henderson being able to drop him with his big overhand right.
On the other side, if Henderson takes Emelianenko down, he very likely could trap Henderson in a submission. If Henderson fails to take Fedor down, Fedor could batter Henderson on the feet himself. Henderson has never been stopped by strikes, so that would more than likely lead to a decision win for “The Last Emperor.”
Regardless of the size difference, this is a very close fight that has a number of possible outcomes. It comes down to which finish you think might be the most realistic, and it comes down to a coin flip for me. I can see just about any outcome happening, save Henderson being knocked out and Emelianenko being submitted, but at the end of the day I don’t think Fedor’s done just yet.
PREDICTION: Emelianenko via submission in the second round
Marloes Coenen vs. Meisha Tate (Women’s 135 lb. Championship)
This is a really good women’s matchup. Coenen has the advantage coming in with it being a five round fight and Tate having been out of action since last August, but that doesn’t mean Tate’s not a very dangerous title challenger.
This is a fight in which Coenen will be put on her back quite often, as Tate is a very good wrestler with the ability to pass and land strikes on the ground. That said, Coenen is comfortable in that position for the most part, as her submission skills allow her to continuously attack and more often than not she’s able to catch her opponent.
In 19 victories, Coenen has only reached the judges scorecards twice, and only two other fights of hers have gone the distance. With 25 minutes to work with, Tate is going to need to avoid being submitted and/or she’s going to need to find a way to stop Coenen, which is not something that’s easily done.
Tate can strike well enough with Coenen, and I think she’ll be comfortable enough to exchange with her on their feet, but the key for her in this fight will be not only getting the defending Champion to the ground but finishing her with strikes. She’s going to need to be aggressive, and she’s going to need to be wary of what Coenen is doing on the ground. If she can do that, she may just walk out with the title around her waist.
This is a really, really tough fight to call, because while Tate has all the tools to defeat Coenen, 25 minutes is a really long time for Coenen to be given to look for submissions. This is another pick I’m not entirely confident in, but I can see Tate being able to avoid the submissions and taking more rounds to pull off her own upset.
PREDICTION: Tate via unanimous decision
Robbie Lawler vs. Tim Kennedy (Middleweight)
Another very good matchup on this card. We’ve got Lawler returning to action for the first time since losing to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in January, while Kennedy makes a quick turn around from a March win that was his own bounce back from a loss to Souza.
Lawler’s been consistent in his inconsistency over his last six fights, alternating wins and losses dating back to EliteXC in 2008. That said, he hasn’t lost consecutive fights since 2004, and despite some poor showings in the last few years he remains as dangerous as ever at 29.
Kennedy is a supremely talented fighter with some decent striking, a fairly good wrestling game and a really good submission game. If he can put Lawler on his back and work his grappling game he absolutely can take this fight.
The problem for him comes if he can’t get Lawler down. Lawler’s got some good takedown defense, and it took Souza until the third round of their fight to really take over before locking in the submission in January. For Kennedy, if he is relegated to striking with Lawler because he can’t get him down, that’s going to mean a long night.
Kennedy is tough, though, and his only non-decision loss was due to cuts in his debut fight over a decade ago. I think he’ll be able to take what Lawler throws at him, eventually get the fight to the ground and lock in the submission.
PREDICTION: Kennedy via submission in the second round
Paul Daley vs. Tyron Woodley (Welterweight)
This classic wrestler vs. striker matchup pits an established veteran with wins and losses against some of the top names in the sport against an up and coming welterweight taking a big leap up in competition.
Even though Daley’s takedown defense has been suspect at best throughout his career, Woodley may not realize what he’s coming up against in terms of the striking game. In order to take Daley down, Woodley’s going to need to engage and get in close, and that makes him a ripe target for the Brit.
Woodley is capable of grinding out a couple of rounds in this fight, but Daley has such an advantage in the striking department, and Woodley isn’t on the level of fighters like Josh Koscheck and Jake Shields who have been able to control Daley on the ground. Ultimately, the experience edge and jump up in competition works in Daley’s favor, and I see him giving Woodley a rude welcome to the top end of the division.
PREDICTION: Daley via TKO in the first round
Scott Smith vs. Tarec Saffiedine (Welterweight)
It might be impossible to dislike Scott Smith, which makes it hard to see him step into the cage again after the amount of punishment he’s taken just in the last three years, let alone the rest of his career.
Saffiedine may only have one knockout on his record, but it was a hell of a knockout over Nate Moore last year, and if he hits Smith in the body or the head with that type of force, it’s going to be another rough night for the Smith family.
At the same time, despite being finished a number of times, it takes a lot to put Smith away. He’s got a scary and ridiculous ability to fight through strikes that would finish most fighters, and he’s got a number of insane come from behind victories that attest to that. But when he’s seriously hurt in each of his last five fights, even though he’s come back to win two of them, it makes the prospect of this fight scary.
Ultimately, Saffiedine is more than capable of setting the pace, hurting Smith and keeping him on the defensive. I don’t know that he’s got the killer instinct necessarily to finish Smith before Smith can recover, but I think he’ll be able to do more than enough damage through three rounds to take the fight.
PREDICTION: Saffiedine via unanimous decision
Who saw this one coming? Less than two weeks ago, many folks thought Tito Ortiz would be struggling as newly retired fighter right now. Instead, he’s just been booked at UFC 133 for a main event fight against Rashad Evans, the No. 1 contender in the UFC light heavyweight division. What a turnaround!
Ortiz shocked the MMA world by taking out Ryan Bader at UFC 132. The quick win and an injury to Phil Davis, provided a crazy opportunity to fight in the main event at UFC 133. Tito turned down the offer at first, but when Lyoto Machida asked for a big payday, the UFC asked Ortiz again and he accepted.
Dave Meltzer and Kevin Iole joined Cagewriter to discuss Tito’s wild ride, the impact Ortiz’s insertion onto the card will have on PPV and gate sales and if Machida just buried himself when it comes to getting a title shot.Read More
Strikeforce fighters make their prediction for the upcoming heavyweight clash between MMA legends Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson on Saturday, July 30th. Strikeforce fighters pick Fedor vs. Henderson is a post from: MMA Interplay UFC NewsRead More
Much talk of Fitch…GSP..etc on here
But what about the minor leagues?? Just watched “the nose” on
HD net go to a decision.
WTF? The minor…
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In unfamiliar territory, Martin Kampmann is playing the waiting game.
The Dane was originally scheduled to return to action last June when he was originally pitted against John Howard in a welterweight bout for “UFC on Versus 4″, though Martin subsequently suffered a knee injury which forced his removal from the bout.
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We?re now only a day away from Strikeforce?s ?Challengers 17? event. In the main event, Roger Bowling faces Bobby Voelker for the third and final time in what has been a very under-rated series of fights. The co-main event will also be an interesting match-up, as top female fighters Liz Carmouche and Sarah Kaufman battle [...]Read More
Wanderlei Silva plans to fight again despite suffering a 27-second knockout to Chris Leben earlier this month at UFC 132 to fall to just 2-6 in his last eight bouts, “The Axe Murderer’s” longtime trainer recently said.
UFC President Dana White said after Silva’s latest loss that it was “probably the end of the road” for the MMA legend, but Silva has other plans.Read More
How many high-salaried fighters can the mixed martial arts marketplace support? More importantly, the Strikeforce marketplace? We’ll find out following the Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson fight in the Chicago area on Saturday night.
Several sites have reported Fedor and Henderson are due a combined $2.3 million payday.
Sources confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that Fedor is getting $1.5 million. If Fedor loses this fight, but it’s highly competitive, will Zuffa/Strikeforce just dump the legendary Russian fighter? According to Five Ounces of Pain, both fighters are in jeopardy. The loser of the fight is gone:
Five Ounces of Pain has confirmed one of the core components of the matchmaking process in regards to their headlining bout on July 30 was the ability to sever professional ties with the loser based on the amount each earns in comparison to their perceived market value, as contracts are generally structured to allow for immediate release in the event of defeat
But gone from where? If Fedor gets destroyed, Strikeforce can’t justify another payday this big to a guy who’s lost three straight.
The Henderson situation is a bit more complicated. Do you dump your light heavyweight champ because he lost to a top 10 heavyweight? Henderson is also on the last fight of his Strikeforce contract. Even if he loses, he’d be a great transfer candidate back into the UFC at 205 pounds.Read More
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As the head of the Ohio Athletic Commission since 2004, Bernie Profato has been in close contact with some of MMA’s best, and he told Cagewriter that he has always been impressed with the fighters. No episode impressed him more than when three former UFC champs all played a hand in turning his grandson’s grades around.
“When Randy [Couture] was in Columbus, my grandson was having some problems in algebra, and he’s a big MMA fan. I talked to Randy about it. Later, when he was in town for the WEC, he asked, ‘Hey Bernie, how’s your grandson?’ and when you think about all the people around him, he remembered that. I said, ‘Hey, he got that D to a B.’ Randy says, ‘Let me give him a call.’ I gave him my cell phone and he left a message because he was in school.
“That night we were having dinner, and it was Randy, Brock [Lesnar] and Forrest [Griffin], and Randy asks if my grandson got the message. I said yes, and thanked Randy because my grandson really appreciated it. Brock said, ‘What’s that?’ and I said, ‘Well, he brought his D to a B.’
“‘He didn’t get an A?’ he said, so I gave the phone to Brock, and he called my grandson and said, ‘I’ll come and kick your butt if you don’t get that grade to an A.’ Then Forrest got on the phone and said, ‘Listen, Daniel, you’re doing a great job, son. If this big guy gives you any more [expletive], me and Couture will kick the hell out of him. One of us can’t, but both of us can!’
“Last year, during Strikeforce, Dan Henderson called and talked to him. Do you know what that does for this kid? He went from a D in three subjects to a B+ average. That’s because these guys took the time to talk to the kid and say, ‘You’ve got to get to school and learn.’
“Because these guys are educated. You’re not dealing with a bunch of dummies. You’re dealing with a bunch of guys with college educations. That’s what they’re telling my grandson. Football is second, but an education is first. When he’s hearing it from these guys, he’s going out and putting his nose to the grindstone. They turned him around.”Read More
ROUNDTABLE: What was your favorite moment from the first half of 2011 in MMA? Hansen, Hyden, Perez, Hobaugh, Williams, Pelkey and Ennis
What was your favorite moment (either a particular finish, sequence, or round from a given fight) from the first half of MMA action in 2011?
RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
The best moment of the year is clearly the revitalization of Tito Ortiz and his career. It’s like this – you don’t become a passionate fan of anything just so that you can find things to loathe. You become a fan of something like MMA so that you can find things that you enjoy. For me at least, the people in this sport that I criticize and dislike are people who (in my opinion) do the wrong things and act the wrong way. So any criticism heaped their way isn’t personal as much as it is a reaction to bad behavior. But years of bad behavior to the sport we all follow can be wiped away with one truly genuine and sincere moment. Tito Ortiz’s victory over Ryan Bader provided that moment. It was the best thing I have seen all year.
FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
I’d have to go with Jon Jones crushing Maurico “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128. That was a incredible moment of Jones realizing his potential. For people who had followed Jones from his first fights in the UFC, this was seeing him become what we thought he might be. His growth curve has been great to watch.
ANWAR PEREZ, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
My favorite moment so far has to be the KO finish of Vitor Belfort at the hands of Anderson Silva. Everyone was expecting a finish from him, no doubt, but the way he delivered that finish, a front straight kick that was something out of a movie, was just unreal. If not only the most entertaining, it was also the most explosive finish in a long time.
ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
The Cheick Congo vs. Pat Barry fight on Versus 4 is my favorite fight from the first half of 2011. I rank it as the greatest comeback in MMA history. I was sure Congo was finished when he knocked Barry out. It was so exciting and unexpected that it is a great candidate for fight of the year. It’s a fight that will be remembered for decades.
ALEX WILLIAMS, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Cheick Kongo’s miraculous knock out of Pat Barry squeaks past Tito Ortiz’s shocking victory over Ryan Bader. Kongo’s dramatic comeback against Barry is something you rarely see period, let alone between two strikers of that high caliber.
MATT PELKEY, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
Its tempting to say Tito Ortiz’s shocking upset of Ryan Bader, and that’ll probably be the popular choice, but for me its my Knockout of the (first half of the) Year, Lyoto Machida going Daniel LaRusso on Randy Couture and Crane Kicking him into retirement. It was the best moment on the best and biggest event so far in 2011, UFC 129.
SHAWN ENNIS, MMATORCH SENIOR COLUMNIST
Without looking back at cards to remind me about what’s happened, I’d say the most memorable thing for me so far is the strange evolution of Jon Jones. He came in as an unstoppable force against Bader and ran through Shogun Rua, and then had one of the weirdest sequences I can remember seeing from a fighter. He has a falling out with Rashad Evans, has a fight scheduled with him, then opts for elective surgery, and actually allows his management to tell everyone it was elective surgery. This pulls him out if the Evans fight initially, but then he tells us that he’s not actually having the surgery and will defend his title in September rather than August, and he’ll do it against Quinton Jackson. So you’ve got a grudge match that is almost sure to draw money, then you pull out for essentially no reason, only to take a fight with a more dangerous opponent in a fight with pretty minimal heat thus far. Huh?
To actually answer the real question though, it’s got to be Tito Ortiz beating Ryan Bader and doing the gravedigger after the fight. Never thought I’d see that again, and I’m glad I was wrong.
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