Monday, September 28, 2009

Kimbo Slice: The Family Man Who Will Knock You Out

Image courtesy: SportsIllustrated.com

Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, 35, rose to fame as an internet sensation brawling in backyards and knocking men out-debilitating most foes who challenged him. After a run with the now defunct EliteXC, Slice was told the only way he would be able to get into the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was via the reality show The Ultimate Fighter. Wednesday's episode, the third in a series of the twelve, will feature Kimbo Slice facing off against Roy "Big Country" Nelson. Nelson was the last heavyweight title holder of the also now defunct International Fight League (IFL).

On today's media conference call regarding Wednesday's episode, Slice shed light on certain facets of his life that those privy to his internet fame rarely see: his family life. He is a father of six children, three boys and three girls, and states that everything he has done has been for them.

"That's what it's about," said Slice. "I have three boys and three girls and they're not from the same female. I'm taking care of them; they are living with me under my roof, under my care, under my watch, and I'm responsible for them. So everything I do is a life lesson for myself and for them."

As a father to six children who range in age he knows it's important to instill the lessons he has learned in his children and continue to teach them as they grow. As every parent knows, what you pass on to your child make a difference in the choices they will go on to make.

"I compare real life situations with my life situations and I explain it to my kids and I teach it to my kids," said Slice. "Everything about me and the way I am and the way I became who I am started from when I was a kid. So now, knowing that, it's about paying attention to my kids and raising my kids the right way so they can either do better than I did or won't make the same mistakes I did."

As a means to ensure he can pay as much attention and time with his children as needed, Slice has started training with the elite group at south Florida's American Top Team. He wanted a camp that was close to home but could also offer him the stability, training, and knowledge of experience that he needs- ATT offers all of that and more.

Now preparing for his fight in December, Slice has been working with head instructor Ricardo Liborio to improve his ground game and make him a more well rounded fighter.

"Street fighting is one dimensional, you don't have to worry about anything but getting knocked the f**k down," said Slice. "In Mixed Martial Arts and being a professional fighter, you have to train, to be prepared because these guys got skills and these guys are professionals. You could be hurt."

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