Kimbo Slice is returning to Spike TV.
Network officials announced Tuesday that the bearded heavyweight,
whose real name is Kevin
Ferguson, will host the March 9 premiere of a new Friday night
series showcasing the best moments from “The Ultimate Fighter”
The series, titled “The Ultimate Fighter Fridays,” will serve as a
highlight reel for the 14 seasons of “TUF” which aired on Spike.
According to the official release, Spike will also air themed
episodes of the weekly series based on viewer input. Fans may
follow the cable channel on Facebook and Twitter in order to
express which episodes and moments they would like to see make the
“TUF Fridays” will go head-to-head with the 15th season of the
show, which airs on FX in a new, live format. Bantamweight champion
Cruz and Urijah Faber
will serve as coaches before squaring off for a third time at the
season finale in July. Additionally, Bellator Fighting
Championships will air its sixth season on Friday nights, beginning
March 9 with
Bellator 60 on MTV2.
Ferguson, 38, competed on Season 10 of “TUF,” which earned a
series-high average viewership of 3.4 million observers per week.
Famous for engaging in backyard, bare-knuckle street fights in his
home state of Florida, Ferguson achieved great Internet popularity
after his fight videos were posted online.
Following a four-fight stint in the defunct EliteXC, the native
Bahamanian joined the cast of “TUF 10” in 2009, falling by
unanimous decision to eventual season winner Roy Nelson in
his first-round pairing. Ferguson would go on to defeat Houston
Alexander in his official UFC debut at the live season finale,
earning a lackluster unanimous decision over the Nebraskan in
Following a technical knockout defeat to fellow “TUF 10” cast mate
Mitrione in his next outing, Ferguson was released from the
promotion. Since his UFC exit, Kimbo has competed as a professional
boxer, amassing a 3-0 record with two knockouts in a trio of