Bellator is back in the Slice business.
According to a report from the Associated Press (AP), Kevin Ferguson, Jr., the 24-year-old son of the late Kevin Ferguson or Kimbo Slice, is set to make his Bellator debut in August at Bellator 160. MMA Fighting confirmed the signing with Bellator officials, who also say the younger Slice was signed to the promotion prior to his father's death.
Ferguson, Jr., or 'Baby Slice', made his amateur mixed martial arts debut in March where he won in just 83 seconds. According to the AP, the younger Ferguson trains alongside other Bellator fighters A.J. McKee, Bubba Jenkins and Joey Davis, all of whom are competing at Bellator 160. An opponent for Ferguson has not been named at the time of this writing.
"I was always around the fight business and everything, so I saw it and I understood what was going on. I just knew without a doubt that one day, this was what I wanted to do," Ferguson said to the AP.
Kimbo Slice last competed in February of 2016, besting Dada 5000 at Bellator 149 by third-round TKO, although the contest result was later overturned when Slice tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
On June 5, Slice was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and found to have a mass on his liver, making him a candidate for a heart transplant. He died the following day in intensive care. Slice was 42 years old.
Bellator 160 takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The event is headlined by a lightweight bout between Benson Henderson and Patricio Freire.