Kimbo Slice.

Watch: UFC release emotional Kimbo Slice video tribute

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The sad passing of Kimbo Slice, the legendary street fighter turned professional athlete, on June 6 has seen an outpouring of tributes from the Mixed Martial Arts world in recent weeks.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) offered their own special show of respect over the weekend, too, as they aired a touching video tribute during their Fight Night 89 show.

Saturday's event in Ontario, Canada was the first UFC special to take place since Slice's death and, considering his history in the promotion, it was only right that they took a moment to remember his life. Scroll down this article to watch the emotional segment for yourself:


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After seeing Slice make his name on YouTube as an underground fighter and following a brief spell in the Elite XC promotion, the UFC's involvement with the Bahama-born star began with The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights TV show.

As you can see, the video tribute documents his rise through the ranks as he became one of the organisation's biggest draws - helping The Ultimate Fighter show to unprecedented viewing figures.

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Although he didn't win the show, his relentless work ethic and down to earth nature made him a favourite with fans.

Alongside comments from the likes of UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, it is perhaps the words of Slice himself, intercut with his eye-catching performances inside the octagon, which bring home what a unique character he was.

The soundbites offer an insight into the mind of the much-loved and respected fighter, whilst the octagon footage is a reminder of just what a force Slice was once the bell rang. 

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Slice's time in UFC may have only been relatively fleeting - he fought on just one pay-per-view card, UFC 113 - but he clearly made an impact on those he worked with in the organisation.

He went on to have a successful professional boxing career in which he won six of his seven fights by knock out, and had returned to MMA in recent times as part of the Bellator promotion.

Slice's death - revealed last week as due to heart failure - has robbed the fighting world of one of its most intriguing characters. 

While the UFC has more than their fair share of big name fighters on their books, it is unlikely there will be another Kimbo Slice coming along any time soon.

This past weekend's video tribute summed that up perfectly.

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