Joe Rogan is wrong. The Kimbo Slice-Ken Shamrock Bellator fight was not fixed. He’s insulting the sport by suggesting that Shamrock took a dive.
Here are 5 reasons the Kimbo-Slice match was not fixed.
5. Kimbo Has No Takedown Defense
One of the arguments for the fight being fixed is that Shamrock took Slice down very easily. So what. Let’s remember, Slice was a street fighter. Even with his UFC training, Slice isn’t hard to take down if you are a professional MMA fighter.
4. Bellator Wouldn’t Risk A Staged Fight
Bellator is a multimillion-dollar company owned by Viacom. Scott Coker is a respected MMA promoter. He’s looking to compete with the UFC and staging a fight between two fighters well past their primes is hardly a risk Coker would take. Bellator has a lot of momentum. You might question his reasoning for booking the fight in the first place, but he wouldn’t allow a staged fight under his watch.
3. Kimbo Slice Was At Least 35 Pounds Heavier Than Shamrock
Slice broke out of Shamrock’s choke. No kidding. He was way heavier than him. Shamrock didn’t even make the heavyweight cut-off limit. The fight had to take place as a catchweight. When you have guys fighting with huge weight differences, you can expect one guy to over-power another guy.
2. Ken Shamrock Is 51 Years Old
Hey Joe Rogan, Shamrock is old, too old to be fighting. He was too old when he fought Rich Franklin and was knocked out 10 years ago. Shamrock can’t take a punch anymore. He’s also slow and lacking scramble defense. He almost tapped Slice out, but he just wasn’t strong enough to get the best position to apply the choke accurately. That’s what happens when you are 51. It’s what happens when you are 41.
1. You Can’t Fake Kimbo’s Big Right Hand
Slice knocked Shamrock out with the kind of big right hand that brought him fame as a You Tube street fighter. It was a solid show that would have knocked out many fighters. Shamrock was cut from the blow. It’s amazing he took the shot as well as he did. The fight ended in exactly the way most people thought it would. The fight wasn’t fixed. Joe Rogan shouldn’t insult the fans, the fighters and the competition by pretending it was a sham.
The only sham was that the fight was booked to happen in the first place.