Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, who headlines next week’s EliteXC event with David “Tank Abbott,” will be a guest on tonight’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!“
The appearance was teased during Wednesday’s episode of the show, and the ABC press office confirmed the booking with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) this morning.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” airs at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT on ABC affiliates. Also set to appear on tonight’s show are TV host Dr. Phil McGraw and music guest Birdman with Lil’ Wayne.
Slice’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” comes just two weeks after his upcoming opponent, Abbott, was also a guest on the program. The two heavyweights headline the Feb. 16 “EliteXC presents Street Certified” event at the University of Miami’s UnitedBank Center. The event, which also features a heavyweight bout between Ricco Rodriguez and Antonio Silva, airs on Showtime.
Despite just one professional MMA bout, Slice earned headliner status for next week’s EliteXC event thanks largely to the fame he developed as a backyard brawler. His fights were recorded and have been widely distributed on the Internet. Even today, the bare-knuckle bouts are some of the most popular clips on video-sharing sites such as YouTube.
The former bodyguard and stand-out high school football player now trains with retired MMA trailblazer Bas Rutten.
The Emmy-nominated “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” debuted in 2003 and experienced a surge in ratings in 2007. The show currently averages approximately 1.7 million nightly viewers..