Ken Shamrock and Kimbo Slice Fight Set for June 20th
Nearly seven years after they first signed to fight, Ken Shamrock and Kimbo Slice will finally get the chance to beat the hell out of each other in the ring.
No More Hiding
Officials from the Bellator Promotions confirmed that a non-title heavyweight bout between Ken Shamrock and Kimbo Slice (Kevin Ferguson) will headline a Spike TV event on June 20 at the Scottrade Center in in St. Louis. The two protagonists already had a signed fight booked for October 4th, 2008 under the now-defunct EliteXC organization but Shamrock controversially withdrew from the bout on the actual day of the fight, citing accidental cuts suffered during warm-ups. This time around, Kimbo Slice says that there will be “no more hiding”.
Ken is Back
The 51-year old Shamrock never officially retired from MMA, although he has not fought since 2010 when he suffered a first round KO loss to Mike Bourke after he claimed that he was unable to continue due to a leg injury. But before his late career struggles, Shamrock was a pioneer of the sport. He made his UFC debut in 1993 and suffered a controversial semifinal loss to Royce Gracie in the inaugural UFC Tournament. Shamrock would later win the UFC 6 SuperFight Championship which was fought at an open weight. Shamrock is also known in the MMA circles for his long standing feud with former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz whom he fought thrice in his career. Their third and final bout is the highest viewed MMA fight in Spike TV history with 6.5M viewers.
On the other hand, Slice made a name for himself on the internet as a backyard brawler. He joined the UFC and appeared in The Ultimate Fighter where he lost in the opening round to Roy Nelson. He fought only two times under the UFC and had a 1-1 record. His last MMA fight was a loss to Matt Mittrione at UFC 113 in 2010. Slice then tried professional boxing and compiled an unbeaten record of 7-0 with 6 knockouts. Like Shamrock, the 41-year old Kimbo Slice has not fought competitively since 2010.
A Dream Fight Come True or a Joke?
Anytime you have a main event fight between a 41 and 51 year old, it appears to be more for fun and entertainment rather than for the sport. But in this case, the unfinished business between the two fighters make this very interesting. Shamrock and Slice were known to be bad-ass fighters during their hayday and despite the age, both look in tremendous shape as of late. These two guys will not go on to fight for any world title, but their careers won’t be complete without this fight.
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