Perhaps the third time will be the charm for Bellator and “Baby Slice.”
Scheduled to make his promotional debut at Bellator 162 Friday, Kevin Ferguson Jr. — son of the late Kimbo Slice — will no longer be competing after his opponent Rick Bing missed weight. Sources tell FloCombat’s Jeremy Botter Bing was over by 16 pounds, prompting officials to pull both fighters off the card.
There is no word on whether Ferguson Jr. will receive any of his expected earnings.
Ferguson Jr. was first set to make his Bellator debut in August, but was forced off the card just five days out after suffering an injury. He was scheduled to face Jonathan Tomasian at Bellator 160 from the Honda Center in Los Angeles.
“Baby Slice” has only competed once as an amateur mixed martial artist, securing a first-round knockout over Tom Brink in his debut with Warrior Nation XFA in March of this year. Fighting out of Team Bodyshop in Miami, Florida, Ferguson Jr. follows in the footsteps of his father.
Gaining much of his fame as a street fighter on YouTube in the mid 2000s, Slice made his MMA debut in 2007. The heavyweight striker would go on to become part of the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter, later joining the UFC for a pair of fights inside the Octagon against Houston Alexander and Matt Mitrione. Ferguson made a return to MMA in 2015 and took part in two of the most-watched Bellator events in company history, defeating Ken Shamrock and Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris (later overturned to a no contest).
Slice’s sudden death shook the MMA community earlier this year.