Kimbo Slice brings a gun to the gym
There’s no denying Kimbo Slice has a thug image. Bareknuckle backyard brawls and a face like the ugly end of a wild boar don’t help. Neither does that stocking on his head like he’s about to pull it over his face and stick up a liquor store. And neither does his very real arrest record.
Slice (real name: Kevin Ferguson) was arrested by Miami Beach cops in May 2002 on gun and open container charges. The felony weapons rap against Slice, 28 at the time, was eventually dismissed. He entered a no contest plea to the booze charge and was ordered to attend an alcohol education course, which has nothing to do with learning about hops and barley.
Well, now Ultimate Fighter contender Justin Wren is telling a story that Slice told him about how he once brought a gun to the American Top Team gym where he’s been training after he was armbarred by a training partner. “Kimbo really doesn’t like to tap. He didn’t tap and the guy hurt his arm so he came back in there with a gun,” Wren told TapouT Radio. “Cops were called and everyone went nuts.”
Did that really happen? I believe it’s possible. It could also be a bit of Slice myth-making. Doesn’t matter either way. He’s got a rep and he’s stuck with it and so is the UFC, because whether or not he wins tomorrow night against Roy Nelson – and I’m pretty sure he loses – he’ll get at least one fight in the UFC to prove himself.
And as a heavyweight he should fight right in alongside Brock Lesnar, another gun nut whose dial gets cranked up pretty high on the idiot meter.
Update: Fighters Only Magazine has asked Slice about the gunslinger story, to which he responded, “First of all about my pistol – I carry my gun with me wherever I go man, I don’t have to leave and come back with nothing… Yeah I was at ATT a couple of years ago and I got arm-barred but I didn’t go and get no pistol or nothing like that. But yeah I got arm-barred and I didn’t like it. But I know how to defend that shit now so I wont be having them problems no more.”