Bellator has announced an opponent for the pro MMA debut of Kimbo Slice's son.
Jonathan Tomasian gets the call to take on "Baby Slice" Kevin Ferguson Jr. on the preliminary portion of Bellator 160. Tomasian is also making his professional debut, after training at Strive Jiu Jitsu Academy in California. Tomasian is unbeaten in two amateur fights.
The show will be headlined by a pivotal lightweight fight between Ben Henderson and Patricio "Pitbull" Friere. Bubba Jenkins, AJ McKee, Georgi Krakhanyan, Saad Awad and Henry Corrales are all also booked for the show.
Bellator sent Fightful.com the following statment.
The announcement of his Bellator MMA arrival had “Baby Slice” Kevin Ferguson Jr. trending on social media for two-straight days, and today, Bellator Officials have confirmed that his first challenge as a professional mixed martial artist will be Jonathan Tomasian in a welterweight attraction at “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull.”
Signed to a developmental deal in April, “Baby Slice” makes his pro debut on the event’s Bellator.com-streamed preliminary card. The son of the late, great “Kimbo Slice,” Ferguson Jr. broke onto the scene very quietly earlier this year in an amateur bout in Western Massachusetts, where he scored a knockout victory just 83 seconds into the first round. ‘Baby Slice’ trains at Antonio McKee’s “Body Shop Gym” in Long Beach alongside other “Bellator 160” competitors McKee, Jenkins and Davis.
Tomasian makes his professional debut under Bellator’s bright lights in a high profile situation that he hopes to make the most of. The 20-year-old Santa Clara, Calif., native has slightly more cage time than Slice, winning both of his amateur outings, once by knockout and the other by decision. Tomasian is currently training with Manny Rocha at Strive Jiu Jitsu Academy in Lodi Calif., where he has earned a purple belt in the art.