Though he honed his skills in backyard brawls and private gyms all over the South of Florida, Kimbo parlayed those skills acquired into a some-what successful mixed martial arts career which eventually saw the 36-year-old make his way into the UFC, the worlds largest MMA promotion.
Now, after severing ties with the organization and rumors of a professional boxing debut now squelched, it looks like that Slice will be venturing into some more unfamiliar territory when he competes now as a professional wrestler in the Japanese circuit.
MiddleEasy.com has reported that the UFC veteran will soon be competing in an eight-man title tournament which kicks off on February 5 when Slice takes on sumo wrestler Wakakirin.
Josh Barnett, who is currently participating in the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix is also said to be one of the active participants in the eight-man tournament, though it will likely conflict with his obligation’s with the San Jose based promotion.
This will mark the first public appearance of Slice returning to some form of active competition, albeit slightly more skewed to the entertainment side of things, since his release from the UFC in May of last year.
Kimbo began his UFC career with a decision victory over veteran Houston Alexander at the season finale of “The Ultimate Fighter 10″ in December of 2009, which Kimbo had participated in although he didn’t make it past the quarter-finals when he was pitted against eventual show winner and former IFL titleholder Roy Nelson.
Slice returned the next year, however succumbed to second-round strikes as he met with cast-mate and budding heavyweight prospect Matt Mitrione.
While professional wrestling seems like a stretch for even Kimbo, somehow, he’s still gotta make that bread.
So, MMA peeps, what do you think of the strange turn of events? Would you like to Ferguson compete in professional wrestling, return to mixed martial arts, or make his pro boxing debut? Sound off in the comment section below.