Former UFC fighter and "Ultimate Fighter" alum Kevin Ferguson, affectionately known as Kimbo Slice by fans, passed away Monday at the age of 42. Slice, who gained internet fame after a series of his street fighters were posted to Youtube, influenced a whole generation of fighters and helped introduce mixed martial arts to entirely new fan base.
Slice was unapologetically confident and endeared himself to fans and fighters alike with his devoted transition to mixed martial arts from backyard street brawling.
Tuesday, fighters took to social media to pay tribute to Slice and his impact on the fighting world.
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Damn "King of the streets " Kimbo passes ..... YOUR fight is over my friend , Rest Easy , Your Loved ones are in our prayers .— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) June 7, 2016
Damn. RIP Kimbo Slice.— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) June 7, 2016
Sad to hear about the passing of Kimbo Slice. Condolences to his family. #RIP— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) June 7, 2016
You'd never find anyone that could say a bad thing about Kimbo. Such a great guy. Going to be missed. Rest easy big fella. #RIPKimbo— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) June 7, 2016
Prince, Ali, Kimbo, Jordan Parsons RIP— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) June 7, 2016
Like I said before make sure you tell everybody that's important to you that you love them everyday!
RIP Kimbo! Thoughts and prayers out to his family.— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) June 7, 2016
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Be blessed on your new journey Kimbo. You inspired so many! With our short time in life,inspiration is King. My condolences to the Slice fam— Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) June 7, 2016
Kimbo always felt like a big brother to me someone I truly looked up to and respected. Heart of Gold. RIP Ferg pic.twitter.com/J2jmznSWz2— Charles Rosa (@CharlesRosaMMA) June 7, 2016
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My condolences go out to Kimbo's family, friends and teammates— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) June 7, 2016
We lost one of the good guys today at @americantopteam. Kimbo always repped us hard and always brought smiles to the faces of everyone he encountered. He will be greatly missed. RIP. #Repost @americantopteam (via @repostapp) The ATT Family and South Florida community lost a legend today. RIP Kimbo.
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I knew kimbo since I was 19. I was a kid. Wouldn't be where I'm at it if it wasn't for him.— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) June 7, 2016
RIP Kimbo Slice. It was an honor to have you for time we did. Kimbo Slice - This is how we eat. pic.twitter.com/RSZTgb35bN— Patrick Williams (@IAMTHEANIMAL) June 7, 2016