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Kimbo Slice taken to South Florida hospital, reportedly in dire condition

Popular mixed martial arts fighter Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson was stricken at his South Florida home and taken to the Northwest Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, a spokeswoman for the Coral Springs, Fla., Police told Yahoo Sports Monday.

TMZ was the first to report the news. It reported that Slice is in "dire condition," though Yahoo Sports has been unable to independently veriify that.

Documentary filmmaker Billy Corben tweeted that Slice had died but subsequently deleted the tweet. Later, the American Top Team, where Slice trained, tweeted that he had died.

Sgt. Carla Kmiotek of the Coral Springs police told Yahoo Sports no foul play is suspected. She said the department dispatched a team of officers to Slice's home because he is a public figure in order to control whatever crowd might gather.

"At 8 p.m. (ET) we received a call from TMZ," Kmiotek said. "Our communications department confirmed with Northwest Medical that he is there. We did not receive a police or EMS call from the residence. There is no foul play suspected and there is no investigation. It is being handled as a medical incident."

Slice burst into prominence a litlte more than a decade ago, when videos of his infamous street fights were viewed millions of times on YouTube. He initially signed with Elite XC and drew huge ratings for his fights on CBS.

In 2009, he signed a deal with the UFC to appear on Season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter." He was eliminated by Roy Nelson in the opening round, but appeared on the season finale and defeated Houston Alexander. He fought once more in the UFC and was knocked out in the second round of UFC 113 by Matt Mitrione.

Slice fought his last two fights in Bellator and drew huge television ratings for each. He defeated Ken Shamrock at Bellator 138 on June 19, 2015, and Dhafir Harris, aka Dada 5000 at Bellator 149 on Feb. 19. However, Slice tested positive for an anabolic steroid following that fight and the victory was turned to a no contest.

He had been scheduled to rematch James Thompson at Bellator 158 in London on July 16. Slice also had seven pro boxing matches and was 7-0 with six knockouts.




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