Former UFC heavyweight Kimbo Slice has abandoned plans to continue his fighting career in boxing and has instead joined Japan’s Inoki Genome Federation pro wrestling tournament on Feb. 5, where he’ll face former sumo wrestler Wakakirin Shinichi.
“[Slice left the boxing training camp] due to some various injuries and to go film The Scorpion King. Upon his return, he didn’t show me any interest in boxing, so we just decided for right now to put it to the side,” Slice’s former promote Jared Shaw told MMAFighting.
The Feb. 5 show also includes Strikeforce’s Josh Barnett, who faces Brett Rogers in the opening round of the promotion’s heavyweight tournament.
After suffering a 14-second KO to Seth Petruzelli in 2008 and being eliminated by Roy Nelson on The Ultimate Fighter 10, the former street fighter Slice (4-2) topped Houston Alexander in his UFC debut, but was released after losing to Matt Mitrione this past May.
Pictured: Kimbo Slice