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Strikeforce Signs Rhadi Ferguson for January 7th Debut

(It’s the kind of moment that makes you wish competitive judo used the same commentator as NBA Jam. Photoprops:

Rhadi Ferguson — four-time Judo national champion, 2004 Olympic Judo competitor, BJJ black belt, American Top Team strength-and-conditioning coach, Doctor of education, and cousin of Kimbo Slice — is about to make his televised MMA debut. After picking up two first-round TKO victories this year in southern regional leagues, Ferguson has been signed to the Strikeforce light-heavyweight roster, and will make his first appearance on the main card of Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine, January 7th in Nashville. His opponent will be 1-0 Canadian rookie Ion Cherdivara, whose list of credentials isn’t nearly as long as Dr. Rhadi’s.

At 35 years of age, Ferguson isn’t set up for a long career in the sport, but his grappling ability and physical power make him more than credible. Interestingly enough, the UFC had a chance to pick him up first. Ferguson tried out for TUF 12 when the show was originally looking for lightweights and light-heavyweights. Unfortunately, he didn’t have enough pro experience, 205′ers were eventually eliminated from the season, and his grappling tryout actually didn’t go that well, thanks to a partner who did his best to stall. Ah well. Ferguson’s probably better off getting more cage-experience against dudes named Ion before moving up to the big show anyway.

Related: Strikeforce’s January 29th show in San Jose has picked up Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley, and the re-scheduled bout between Herschel Walker and Scott Carson.



    Mon, 12/20/10 - 01:58

    WOw!!! This guy makes Charlie Murphy look light skinned Jesus!

    Mon, 12/20/10 - 02:00

    his teeth actually look as white as his gi!
  3. the chef Says:

    Mon, 12/20/10 - 02:40

    Hard to believe that this guy is Kimbo's cousin considering he's a black belt in bjj and judo, a judo olympian, a former college football player, and a doctor, and Kimbo's kind of a bum.
  4. Shifty Says:

    Mon, 12/20/10 - 02:40

    BOOM SHAKALAKA. He's on fire!!
  5. Bruce_Buffer Says:

    Mon, 12/20/10 - 02:43

    Strikeforce should be clamoring to grab up guys like this instead of UFC castoffs and freakshow retired athletes. (Would a failed TUF tryout label this guy a castoff!?) Exactly the type of guy they need.
  6. Bruce_Buffer Says:

    Mon, 12/20/10 - 02:44

    @ the chef; im surprised this dude hasn't turned up in the MMA media considering his credentials and cousins...
  7. Fedor Penn Says:

    Mon, 12/20/10 - 03:01

    Yeah judo blah blah blah. Kimbo be knockin niggas eyes out bitch!
  8. Lane31 Says:

    Mon, 12/20/10 - 03:33

    How Ironic! This Mofo is an excellent grappler and Kimbo is his cousin. I mean help a brother out! That's like being a virgin and having John Holmes as your uncle!
  9. Lysol Says:

    Mon, 12/20/10 - 03:36

    A Strikeforce: Challengers event with a legit male challenger?!?! Okay, what's the catch? Oh yeah, the catch is that the NBA Jam announcer will not be taking over for Frank Shamrock any time soon.
  10. Del Fuego Says:

    Mon, 12/20/10 - 04:59

    Hopefully this guy will actually use his judo in the cage.

    Mon, 12/20/10 - 06:07

    He is probably a voo doo doctor. Just saying. Kimbo was from Haiti!
  12. ccman Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 01:48

    Kimbo will advise\corner him and offer great advise like "avoid the dreaded giving up 40 pounds fadeaway defensive jab.... its brutal.
  13. LOKI Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 05:39

    What do you mean? Arent all black people cousins?
  14. Punching Homer Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 07:36

    No Loki, all Black people are "brothers".
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