Kimbo Slice turns down 'informal' offer from Bellator MMA ... for now

Esther Lin

I swear I'm not making this up.

Bellator MMA ... the gift that keeps on giving.

Former EliteXC heavyweight-turned The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 contestant, Kevin Ferguson, was recently approached by Bellator MMA with an "informal" offer to put his boxing career on hold to get back into mixed martial arts (MMA), according to Middle Easy.

But that offer was rejected ... for now.

"They had reached out to us," Slice's manager told MMAFighting.com. "However, it was very informal and nothing has been decided. You know Kimbo is down to fight whenever. There's actually a few options out there, so whatever makes most sense I think he's gonna go with."

Strange timing, considering the amount of turmoil at Bellator.

Bjorn Rebney was recently ousted as CEO and Viacom is currently searching for a replacement, with the frontrunner rumored to be Scott Coker. In addition, Ferguson -- better known as YouTube sensation "Kimbo Slice" -- hasn't competed in MMA since a 2010 loss to Matt Mitrione.

Either way, it's a move that was reportedly supported by both sides.

According to sources, the potential new Bellator regime is interested in Slice, however, the idea to reach out to Slice came from the current regime.

Anyone (beside Bellator) interested in giving the bearded brawler a second look?

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