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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.

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Punching Homer- December 21, 2010 at 7:36 am
No Loki, all Black people are "brothers".
LOKI- December 21, 2010 at 5:39 am
What do you mean? Arent all black people cousins?
ccman- December 21, 2010 at 1:48 am
Kimbo will advise\corner him and offer great advise like "avoid the dreaded giving up 40 pounds fadeaway defensive jab.... its brutal.
PERPATRAITOR- December 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm
He is probably a voo doo doctor. Just saying. Kimbo was from Haiti!
Del Fuego- December 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm
Hopefully this guy will actually use his judo in the cage.
Lysol- December 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm
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.
Lane31- December 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm
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!
Fedor Penn- December 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm
Yeah judo blah blah blah. Kimbo be knockin niggas eyes out bitch!
Bruce_Buffer- December 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm
@ the chef; im surprised this dude hasn't turned up in the MMA media considering his credentials and cousins...
Bruce_Buffer- December 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm
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.
Shifty- December 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm
BOOM SHAKALAKA. He's on fire!!
the chef- December 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm
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.
MMAINMYBLOOD- December 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm
his teeth actually look as white as his gi!
MMAINMYBLOOD- December 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm
WOw!!! This guy makes Charlie Murphy look light skinned Jesus!