Dr. Rhadi Ferguson of Titusville is scheduled to make his MMA pro debut Saturday at the Hybrid Fight League in Hopkinsville, Ky. Ferguson was on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team for judo and has a black belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu.
Fighting's all in the family
Dr. Rhadi Ferguson has a first cousin who has made a name in pro MMA -- Kimbo Slice.
"Rhadi has trained with Kimbo and is very proud of his cousin. They both train at ATT," said Ferguson's agent, Ed Clay.
Slice started out with bare-knuckle backyard fights and made his way to the UFC.
Ferguson's path to MMA comes from elite amateur martial arts and judo at the Olympic level.
"The (Aug. 21) event is a smaller professional event that we're using to get Rhadi experience in MMA before making the jump to a larger show like the UFC or Strikeforce," Clay said. "We've had offers from large organizations, but we feel this is the best path to start Rhadi's career."
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