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One of the most intriguing figures in the history of mixed martial arts, Kimbo Slice was born in the Bahamas and moved to Miami with his mother and two brothers. A natural athlete, Slice was a star linebacker at Miami Palmetto High School and was later awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Miami, though he did not play a down there and left after just a year and a half. After college, Slice struggled to make ends meet, and lived out of his car when employment was impossible to find.
Slice eventually found work as a bodyguard and used his natural fighting skills to protect his clients. In Miami, word spread about Slice’s explosive punching power and soon he was a part of an unsanctioned street fighting circuit: all striking, no grappling and the crowd that showed up would decide a winner if both men were still standing at the end of the battle. More often than not, Slice was the one standing, and he became a YouTube sensation as his exploits were videotaped and posted at the speed of broadband for all to see.
Millions of YouTube views later, Slice transitioned into mixed martial arts in order to provide for his fiancée and six children. He fought for the now-defunct EliteXC, headlining the first ever MMA card on broadcast television. He compiled a 3-0 record before losing to Seth Petruzelli in front of millions of viewers.
Training: Doing hard work every day in all aspects of fighting.
When and why did you start training for fighting? My professional training began three years ago. I started fighting because the opportunity presented itself.