This Friday Night in the main event of Bellator 138 Kevin Ferguson AKA Kimbo Slice (4-2) will take on MMA legend Ken Shamrock (28-15-2) in a rematch 7 years in the making. Kimbo realizes Shamrock is a threat and is not underestimating him, but still predicts a quick and brutal finish.
“Shamrock is still a threat to me,” said Slice. “He’s still considered deadly and dangerous to break limbs and submit somebody. I’m just not that motherf***er he’s going to submit. I’m just not that guy he’s going to tap out. It’s not going to happen with me. It’s in my DNA to beat his ass. I’ve worked my mind and my body to train for this fight with Shamrock. From back in the day, from many years ago we trained for this fight. This fight isn’t going to go the distance.”
Kimbo addresses age factoring into the fight.
“A lot of people … not a lot of people, actually, just a select few normally just talk about the age as if it’s a f***ing factor and it’s not,” said Slice. “Bernard Hopkins is the man at 52 years old [actually 50]. The head coach at American Top Top, Ricardo Liborio, he’s over 50 [actually 47] and can f***ing can anybody. Even these prize fighters that fight for the UFC and like myself in Bellator, he can’t be touched. Royce Gracie, over 50 , a f***ing threat, still. Mike Tyson, 50 , a threat. So don’t underestimate a guy because of that. You’re still as strong as you were when you’re in your thirties, you’re just a couple years wiser, a couple years older. That doesn’t change s**t.”
Kimbo then went into details on how he envisions the fight playing out next Friday.
“Ken is going to try this s**t,” said Slice. “We know he is. I’m expecting him to. I want him to. I’m daring him to. I’m almost double dog daring this guy to try to do a takedown or shoot in. What could he do to get me to the ground that I am not prepared for? I’m almost anticipating the takedowns. Because of that, I’m going to impose my will and break his jaw in the first round.”
The pair will certainly pack an arena, much like UFC 188 packed Mexico City in a sold-out event, that in some areas the fans disagreed with the fighter’s performances. However UFC President Dana White agreed with the fans’ reactions.
“When they were booing, they deserved to boo,” White said after the sold-out event, which drew an announced attendance of 21,036, making it the first UFC show to draw 20,000-plus since January, when UFC on FOX 14 took place at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm. “I didn’t f-cking disagree with one boo that happened tonight. Then they were booing, (the fighters) deserved to get booed, and I thought it was a very educated crowd – a huge moment for us, a huge moment for me because I’ve been waiting so long to get into Mexico. There wasn’t one single seat left in this arena,” he said. “This thing completely sold out. … This isn’t going to be our last show in Mexico City.”