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Published on Oct 4, 2008



Seth "The Silverback" Petruzelli is an American professional mixed martial artist and former K-1 kickboxer. He is currently fighting for EliteXC.
Petruzelli started training martial arts at the age of 6 and continued on training through high school, where he also was a football player and wrestler.

Petruzelli was a member of the cast of The Ultimate Fighter 2 as a heavyweight. He was eliminated in the semi-finals by Brad Imes after having defeated Dan Christison by unanimous decision in an elimination bout.

On October 4, 2008, at EliteXC: Heat, he defeated Kimbo Slice in 14 seconds by TKO. He was offered the fight as a stand-in after Ken Shamrock received a cut over his left eye in pre-fight practice and was forced to back out.

Kevin Ferguson (born on February 8, 1974), better known as Kimbo Slice, is a Miami, Florida-based street fighter turned mixed mart Kevin Ferguson (born on February 8, 1974), better known as Kimbo Slice, is a Miami, Florida-based street fighter turned mixed mart Kevin Ferguson (born on February 8, 1974), better known as Kimbo Slice, is a Miami, Florida-based street fighter turned mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He first appeared in several filmed underground fights which have spread primarily on the Internet. Law enforcement never intervened as the fights were considered consensual.
Kimbo has since left street fighting behind and is now putting his efforts towards becoming a professional mixed martial arts fighter. Slice is currently training with retired MMA fighter Bas Rutten.

Ferguson was a star defensive football player for Miami Palmetto High School in the Pinecrest area of Miami, Florida. In college, he went on to the University of Miami on academic scholarship, but did not play football. He was there for only a year and a half.

As Kimbo Slice, Ferguson worked as a bodyguard for RK Netmedia, a Miami-based pornography production/promotion company responsible for a number of popular adult subscription websites, such as MILF Hunter. Kimbo still maintains close ties with the company who now accompanies him, as his fight entourage before entering the ring. Rolling Stone called Slice "The King of the Web Brawlers".

Kimbo Slice began training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in 2004 under the instruction of Bas Rutten[1]. Kimbo Slice hired Bas Rutten to train and prepare for his Sean Gannon internet super-fight. Ferguson continued to train MMA with Bas Rutten for both his professional MMA bouts. Kimbo Slice walked away victorious from both MMA bouts; the first being against Ray Mercer, June 23, 2007 and the second against MMA veteran David "Tank" Abbott, February 16th, 2008.

One of Slice's most notable fights was a controversial late 2004 encounter with Sean Gannon, a former Boston Police officer who trains in MMA.[3] Slice was defeated by Gannon (with accusations of use of illegal moves from either side) and, due to the popularity of the fight video, Gannon began fighting within the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

EliteXC: Heat was a mixed martial arts event held by EliteXC on October 4, 2008 in Sunrise, Florida at the Bank Atlantic Center.[1]

It was the third EliteXC show to be featured on CBS and marked the return of fighters Jake Shields, Gina Carano, and Kimbo Slice. A last minute injury to Ken Shamrock the day of the show pulled him out of the main event. Kimbo Slice opted to fight anyway against Seth Petruzelli, a light heavyweight originally scheduled to face Aaron Rosa on the undercard. In addition, the show included a co-promoted heavyweight bout with Affliction featuring former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski facing the last and only reigning IFL Heavyweight Champion Roy Nelson.[2]


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