Mike Tyson as soon as instructed well-known avenue fighter Kimbo Slice to ‘by no means flip professional’ at a live performance in Miami earlier than he turned a UFC celebrity.
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 Internet 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 celebrity standing was confirmed. Dana White virtually created the event for the brawler to make a reputation for himself and be part of the corporate.
In actual fact, his legend was confirmed when former world boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson recognised him at a live performance in Miami and supplied to offer him recommendation about his profession.
As a part of the UFC ‘Fightlore’ collection, an in depth pal retold the story of how Slice turned such a star that even Boxing Corridor of Fame alumni wished to talk to him.
“However the first time that I realised that I went approach past the web was after we went to a live performance on the Miami Area,” he stated.
“And we had been again there, and we glance over, and Tyson was there and he known 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 occurring, 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 combat twice formally for the UFC, securing a win in his debut over Houston Alexander earlier than dropping Matt Mitrione.
Bellator President Scott Coker introduced the Bahamas-native over to his organisation, but Slice tragically handed away because of a coronary heart failure earlier than he might 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 determination to snub Tyson could have been his finest profession transfer.