Bellator MMA announced last month that famed backyard basher Kimbo Slice had signed on with Bellator MMA. Announced today by Bellator MMA, 51-year-old Ken Shamrock will be his debut opponent in the promotion set for June 20th in St. Louis.
Kimbo Slice was set to face off with Ken Shamrock back in 2008 in the former MMA organization Elite XC, but Ken Shamrock pulled out at the last minute before the fight due to injury. Replaced by Seth Petruzelli, Kimbo lost the bout in 14 seconds by KO. Kimbo Slice has not competed in MMA since 2010, where he lost to Matt Mitrione by 2nd round KO. From 2011-2013, Kimbo Slice has gone 7-0 in professional boxing, earning 6 KO’s.
Shamrock is a UFC Hall of Famer and universally recognized as a pioneer of the sport. He’s fought against the biggest names in the business, including Rich Franklin, Don Frye, Royce Gracie, Matt Hume, Ortiz, Bas Rutten, Kazushi Sakuraba and Dan Severn among many others. Ken Shamrock last competed in MMA in November of 2010, losing to Mike Bourke via 1st round TKO (leg injury). Before his scheduled fight with Kimbo, Ken Shamrock is also set to fight in a bare knuckle boxing match in the U.K. with James Quinn. Competing into advanced age is one of the greatest criticisms against Ken Shamrock, but the UFC hall of famer isn’t phased by calls for his retirement. As he tells Bellator MMA,
“I am back,” Shamrock said. “It’s good to be performing again for my fans. I feel great, and my health is great. Age should never be a factor if an athlete is healthy, in great shape, and has the drive to continue their sport. I will quit fighting when I want to.”
Read further on the matchup at Bellator.com.