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Kimbo Slice Made $175K to Fight Tank Abbott

Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson got his start by fighting the bullies of his neighborhood in backyards and back alleys, as he describes in this video, which includes some profanity:

But he's now fighting for serious money. MMA Junkie reports that Slice made $175,000 for his knockout win over former UFC brawler Tank Abbott, a single-fight payday that only a handful of guys in UFC can top.

But while Slice is apparently drawing a decent number of viewers to Showtime for now, I find it hard to believe that it can last much longer, unless the quality of his fights improves. Abbott basically dove at Slice's feet and waited to get knocked out (an effort that earned him $126,000), and there's only so many times people will watch an opponent do that against Slice before they get bored.

In the meantime, though, Slice is making an awful lot of money for doing what he loves: Beating people up.

Note: MMA Junkie offers this helpful disclaimer: "the figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter's income."