Kevin Ferguson, or better known as “Kimbo Slice”, looks like he has a deeper rivalry against Bellator 149 opponent Dhafir Harris compared to his former contender Ken Shamrock, with whom Kimbo Slice went against to just this year.
The feud between Shamrock and Slice goes all the way back from 2008. Both fighters were supposed to go against each other in now-defunct EliteXC banner, but the bout came apart just a few hours before the said event. Nearly seven years later, Slice and Shamrock had the chance to meet again inside the MMA octagon, with Slice winning over Shamrock by TKO during the first round.
Although it cannot be denied that the two fighters threw shots at each other, Slice, who is currently holding a record of 5-2 MMA and 1-0 BMMA, admitted that his ill feelings towards Shamrock is nothing compared to what he has right now for Dhafir Harris, who has a record of 2-0 MMA and 0-0 BMMA.
“This guy stole my image, stole my look – he tried to look like me, he tried to sound like me, and he tries to be me. He talks sh-t about me, and then he posts sh-t on Twitter saying he can fight and beat me. For years he’s been running and hiding from me. The fact I get to fight this piece of sh-t enhances my training. I have bad blood. This is worse than the Ken Shamrock fight. I wanted to get at Ken Shamrock’s ass over the years, but this is worse than that. This dude knows who I am. This is a different level,” Slice said during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.
Slice revealed that he has been connected with Harris way beyond his mixed martial arts career. The two of them both came from the same Miami neighborhood. They even went to the same school together and even had similar circles growing up. But Slice said that he was never actually close with Harris.
Kimbo Slice became a global brand through MMA, street fighting, and other things. But now that Harris has joined the industry, Slice feels that Harris has taken full advantage of the image he made for himself by mimicking him entirely. This got Slice’s attention right away.
“The guy got my same f-cking tattoos that I got on my body; just follow the history of this piece of sh-t, and you understand my anger. People that know me and are from the same neighborhood, they know what’s going on here. I just want to get in that cage and do what I got to do. The more I talk about it, the more upset I get about it. He’s copying me in a very clownish way. He’s a f-cking clown. He’s a piece of sh-t. I have nothing good to say about this guy. He’s a joke. I don’t even know how his family, his kids and his mom even respect him. I don’t know how he has the following that he has. I’m just glad this opportunity is here and that he signed the contract,” Slice said.