Mixed Martial Arts

Kimbo Slice continues to evolve as he prepares for UFC 113

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TSN.ca Staff
4/25/2010 6:42:57 PM
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The evolution of Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson from backyard brawler to mixed martial artist continues.

In an interview which aired during WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber, Kimbo spoke to Joe Rogan about his current training camp as he prepares to take on Matt Mitrione at UFC 113 in Montreal. 

"I take every fight in perspective for what it is. I just love fighting," said Kimbo.

"The whole transformation of mixed martial arts is still a learning process and being at a place like American Top Team it's not just a gym, for me it's a learning centre. I'm learning a lot."

Kimbo will be making his pay-per-view debut on the May 8 fight card, which will feature a title fight between light heavyweight champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

After earning pop culture fame from a series of bare-knuckle street fight videos, Kimbo has attempted to make the transition to mixed martial arts which ultimately led him to the UFC.

"It took a lot of commitment and a great deal of sacrifice to get here," he admitted.

"In mixed martial arts you have to continue to advance, you have to constantly work on the ground, you have to constantly work on your standup. It doesn't stop... You have to continue to train, continue to learn."

After losing his opening bout on The Ultimate Fighter, Kimbo set out to improve his mixed martial arts skills by training with American Top Team. He then rebounded with a unanimous decision win over Houston Alexander on TUF Season Finale in December.

Mitrione is a former NFLer, who reached the show's quarterfinals before coming up short against James McSweeney. Like Kimbo, Mitrione also emerged victorious on the finale, defeating Marcus Jones.

"To put me against an opponent like [Mitrione] it's a good fight," Kimbo told Rogan. "Somebody's going to get knocked out in this fight."

Kimbo Slice  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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