MMA News: Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock on October 4

There have been several names thrown around as to who Kimbo would fight next.  The names most mentioned were James Thompson, Ken Shamrock, Brett Rogers and Sean Gannon.  Rogers was the fight Kimbo wanted, but also the most dangerous.  Sean Gannon was ruled out by Jared Shaw and James Thompson has an iupcoming fight. 

It is no secret that ProElite and EliteXC are in financial trouble and basically they are depending on the October 4th CBS show to save them.  In other words it is up to Kimbo and Gina.  Kimbo’s opponent then had to be a huge MMA star, who could draw a crowd, create a stir, and yet be totally beatable.  Eneer Ken Shamrock.  Sherdog has confirmed that Shamrock will be Kimbo’s next opponent.

   Ken Shamrock, 44,  is one of the legends of MMA.  He competed in the UFC and is a hall of famer.  In fact Shamrock fought in UFC 1.  He is famous and his name is recognizable.  However, he isn’t in his prime.  He is coming off of a poor performance against Robert Berry at Cage Rage 25 and ha slost his last five bouts.  In fact since 2000, Shamrock has a 3-8 record.  This is good news for Kimbo Slice.  However, we must assume that this Shamrock fight will not be a gimme.  Shamrock has the experience.  He has fought in big shows and has fought big named opponents, including being on the losing end of one of the most watched MMA fights in his fight with Tito Ortiz. 

Kimbo Slice has one advantage…Bas Rutten.  Bas has two career loses to Ken Shamrock and certainly Bas will impart some of his personal knowledge of Ken Shamrock to his disciple Kimbo.  Slice will want to keep the fight standing and Shamrock will want to get it down where he can ground and pound and hopefully submit Kimbo, who looked less than stellar on the ground against Thompson.  The EliteXC cannot afford Kimbo to lose this fight.  This fight will obviously be a source of controvery…let the debate begin. 

The EliteXC has places a couple other solid bouts on the card to balance the show which will be Slice vs. Shamrock.  Their second biggest star, Gina Carano will be fighting on this card.  However, harcore MMA fans will be glad to see a bout between Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Bejni Radach and a main even (or it should be) of Jake Shields vs. Paul Daley.  This will get interesting.