In a move that sideswiped most of the MMA community, Bellator has announced that they have signed former Elite XC and UFC fighter Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. Neal Rooke of Combat Press broke the news early Friday morning.

Slice holds a record of 4-2 in MMA with his last fight being a loss against Matt Mitrione via TKO at UFC 113.

After his unheralded MMA career came to an end, Slice turned to professional boxing.

Hey, anything is better than bare-knuckle brawls in random backyards, right?

Slice went undefeated in his professional boxing stint, going 7-0 with six of those wins coming via knockout. Granted none of his opponents were what one would call “good,” he provided excitement inside the ring nonetheless.

Seriously, who doesn’t enjoy a violent KO inside the squared circle?

Slice has not competed in MMA or boxing since his last boxing match against Shane Tilyard on Jan 30, 2013. By the time he makes his debut inside the Bellator cage, Slice will have gone over a year since participating in any sort of combat competition, unless there’s some backyard brawls we don’t know about.

So far, reaction on Twitter has been pretty negative:

@TB_Money—@ BipolarDana Sir, I think you’re forgetting about Josh and B.J. Ferguson. TUF’S FINEST. NONE OF THIS KIMBO BULLSHIT.

@Majik916—I hope @BellatorMMA signed the Kimbo Slice from those grainy, shitty videos from flip phones and not the one who loses to actual MMA fighters.

@BipolarDana—Kevin Ferguson can’t draw like Tony Ferguson. Sounds like Bellator jumped the gun with all the Ferguson riots and caved to the pressure.

It will remain to be seen how Slice will fit in the Bellator heavyweight division. I, for one, wouldn’t mind seeing him blow up Josh Thompson’s ear one more time.

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