Kimbo Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, first rose to prominence due to the popularity of a series of online videos demonstrating his street fighting prowess against other tough guys in his neighborhood. Slice eventually went on to ply his trade in the worlds of professional mixed martial arts and boxing, with some success. Slice combines serious knockout power with an impressive top-heavy physique. It's debatable whether Slice is the best example to follow if you're serious about achieving success in the fight game, but he gained marginal success through a complex and intense training regimen.
In addition to his martial arts training, Slice spends a significant amount of time weight lifting to add mass, strength and power to his body. A sample weight training program that Slice might use would include the bench press, dumbbell fly, military press, Arnold press, weighted triceps dips, hanging leg raises, crunches and planks, with one minute of rest between sets and 8 to 10 reps per set.
After a short, marginally successful bid in the world of professional mixed martial arts, or MMA, fighting, Slice moved into professional boxing and has amassed an undefeated 6-0 record against mid-level competition as of the date of publication. The majority of Slice's training for street fighting, MMA and boxing relies on his hand speed and punching power, which he hones by doing pad drills, hitting the heavy bag and sparring with training partners. Boxing is an intense physical exercise that builds speed, coordination and endurance.
He may not use his ground fighting skills anymore, but when Slice was fighting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC, he often found himself fighting from his back against experienced wrestlers and martial arts practitioners. To prepare for these grueling ground battles, Slice enlisted the aid of high level grapplers to spar with him in the gym, teaching him how to stop takedowns, complete takedowns of his own and threaten opponents with an offensive submission game. Slice only submitted one fighter in his professional career, but he needed these skills to hang with the big boys in the UFC.
Mixed Martial Arts
Slice could do all the weight lifting, boxing sparring and grappling training in the world, but in order to handle himself with pros in the UFC, he had to put it all together. Kimbo trained with UFC veterans to help him combine his boxing skills with his newly acquired ground skills. To succeed at the highest levels of modern fighting, you need to be able to do it all. Slice wasn't able to stay with UFC for long, getting cut by the promotion after just two fights with a 1-1 record, but he also got into the game late in his life.
Steven Kelliher is an experienced sports writer, technical writer, proofreader and editor based out of the Greater Boston Area. His main area of expertise is in combat sports, as he is a lifelong competitor and active voice in the industry. His interviews with some of the sport's biggest names have appeared on large industry sites such as ESPN.com, as well as his own personal blog.