Mike Tyson as soon as informed well-known road fighter Kimbo Slice to ‘by no means flip professional’ at a live performance in Miami earlier than he turned a UFC famous person.
The legendary brawler (actual identify Kevin Ferguson) tragically handed away on the age of simply 42 in 2016.
Slice endeared himself to followers the world over after a collection of his Miami backstreet brawls had been posted to YouTube and he turned an immediate in a single day sensation.
In 2006, Rolling Stone described him as ‘the King of the Net Brawlers’ as his fame and continued to develop and he started a profession in skilled MMA in 2007.
After spending time with Elite XC, Slice joined the Final Fighter: Heavyweight collection and his famous person standing was confirmed. Dana White virtually created the match for the brawler to make a reputation for himself and be a part of the corporate.
In reality, his legend was confirmed when former world boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson recognised him at a live performance in Miami and provided to offer him recommendation about his profession.
As a part of the UFC ‘Fightlore’ collection, an in depth good friend retold the story of how Slice turned such a star that even Boxing Corridor of Fame alumni wished to speak to him.
“However the first time that I realised that I went means past the web was once we went to a live performance on the Miami Area,” he mentioned.
“And we had been again there, and we glance over, and Tyson was there and he referred to as us over.
“And he’s like, ‘Hey man, I’m a giant fan of your work.’ I’m simply blown away that this was even taking place, Fergs even managed to shake his hand.
“I’ll always remember this, Tyson says, ‘Can I offer you one piece of recommendation?’ He goes, ‘Don’t ever go professional’.”
Slice would struggle twice formally for the UFC, securing a win in his debut over Houston Alexander earlier than shedding Matt Mitrione.
Bellator President Scott Coker introduced the Bahamas-native over to his organisation, but Slice tragically handed away as a consequence of a coronary heart failure earlier than he may headline Bellator 158, which was focused to headline the 02 Area in London.
The previous bouncer, brawler and bodyguard managed to flee the life which threatened to ensnare him as a teen on the streets of Miami, however his choice to snub Tyson might have been his greatest profession transfer.