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The world has sadly lost yet another athlete.
Just days after the death of boxer Muhammad Ali, undefeated boxer and mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice passed away at 42 years old on Monday, the UFC and Bellator MMA announced in statements. No cause of death has been revealed as of yet, though Slice was reportedly hospitalized in Florida on Monday.
"We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family," Scott Coker, president of Bellator MMA said in a statement. Slice had been under contract with the company from January 2015 up until his untimely death. "One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport."
Originally named Kevin Ferguson, the famously bearded athlete originally worked as a bodyguard and bouncer while rising to viral fame online as an underground fighter. By 2007, he had attracted enough attention to be signed to a professional contract.
After his loss to fellow MMA fighter Seth Petruzelli in 2008, Slice went on to win The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights in 2009 and competed in the 2010 UFC against Matt Mitrione, to whom he lost by total knockout.