Kimbo Slice to grace cover of ESPN The Magazine
"Kimbo Slice to grace cover of ESPN The Magazine
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Apr 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm ET
EliteXC heavyweight Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson will grace the cover of ESPN The Magazine next month to coincide with the organization's May 31 network television debut.
Ferguson, who faces James Thompson in the main event of EliteXC's debut "Saturday Night Fights" event on CBS, will become only the second mixed-martial-arts fighter to appear on the magazine's cover.
Then-UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, who was featured on the May 7, 2007 cover, was the first.
Ferguson owns just a 2-0 career record, but his former profession as an underground street fighter who found stardom on YouTube and other video-sharing sites propelled him to instant fame in MMA. After a quick victory over (then) 46-year-old former boxer Ray Mercer in an exhibition bout, Ferguson accepted an offer from Gary Shaw and signed a contract with EliteXC in October 2007.
Ferguson has since posted two quick victories -- a 19-second stoppage of Bo Cantrell and a 43-second knockout of David "Tank" Abbott -- and recently signed a contract extension with the organization.
On May 31, he headlines "EliteXC: PRIMETIME," the first-ever MMA event to air live on major U.S. network television. The event takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
The photo shoot for the magazine cover took place this past Thursday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A behind-the-scenes video of the shoot can be found above."
First Chuck now Slice. Will this spark up another round of barbs between the two? And is this good for MMA in general? ESPN recognizing a fighter that has a great following but is barely an infant in the sport. What do you think?