According to a report from The Associated Press, Kevin Ferguson Jr , the son of the late Kimbo Slice has signed Bellator MMA with plans of making his debut at Bellator 160. Ferguson Jr. does not yet have an opponent at the event. Sherdog.com confirmed the news with a Bellator official.
"I was always around the fight business and everything, so I saw it and I understood what was going on," Ferguson told the AP. "I just knew without a doubt that one day, this was what I wanted to do.”
Nicknamed “Baby Slice,” Ferguson Jr. won his amateur MMA debut on March 12, scoring a first-round knockout against Tom Brink at Warrior Nation Xtreme Fighters Alliance in Chicopee, Mass.
Kimbo Slice died at the age of 42 last month at a hospital in his native Florida. He was reportedly found to have a liver mass and congestive heart failure and passed away while awaiting a heart transplant. He was scheduled to headline Bellator 158 against James Thompson on July 16, but had been advised to pull out of the bout.
"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 Jr. told the AP.
"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.”
Ferguson Jr. is currently training at Team Bodyshop in California alongside the likes of fellow Bellator talents A.J. McKee, Bubba Jenkins and Joey Davis, according to the report. The gym is run by 37-fight veteran Antonio McKee.
Bellator 160 takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Aug. 26 and is headlined by a lightweight No. 1 contender bout between Benson Henderson and Patricio Freire. The evening’s main card will air on Spike TV.
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