UFC Hall of Famer and current Bellator MMA brand ambassador Royce Gracie (14-2-3) is seemingly open to a trilogy fight with UFC Hall of Famer and Bellator MMA heavyweight Ken Shamrock. Gracie spoke with MMAjunkie before the fight Friday night, and was told that Shamrock originally wanted to fight him, not Kimbo Slice.
“That’s good,” said Gracie, smiling. “When you’re at the top, everyone wants to fight you.”
When he was asked if he would accept a fight with Shamrock, the semi-retired Gracie said Kimbo was the gatekeeper, but said he would take the fight.
“Of course,” said Gracie. “Body feels good, not injured, healthy, same weight from 20 years ago, so, yah.”
As reported Shamrock went on to lose the bout with Kimbo via first round TKO. However no official statement of retirement was issued so the bout could still take place. Gracie won the first encounter with Ken via rear naked choke in 57 seconds at UFC 1. Their second bout ended in a draw after 36 minutes at UFC 5. The fight was the longest in UFC history.
That fight had some controversy involved but not as much as UFC President Dana White’s new deal with Reebok. However Dana says those that oppose should just “chill.”
“Lots of complaints with Reebok, but Reebok is the deal. People are just freaked out about change around here,” White said on a recent live Periscope chat. If you look throughout the history of this company, every time there’s change, people freak out. That Reebok deal is going to be great for everybody.”
Complaints came from former UFC Light Heavyweight Phil Davis (13-3-1), but after he signed with Bellator he seems fine. Almost instantaneously with him picking up his pen from signing his contract, he was entered into a 1 night tournament with King Mo, Linton Vassell and former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Emmanuel Newton.
“I’m all the way happy,” he told MMAjunkie. “I can’t complain about anything. Life is good here.”
It’s been quite sometime since Davis had participated in a one night tournament. He gave a nice analogy of what the end of the night might look like:
“I hadn’t actually thought about what the end of that night might look like,” he said. “It might look like two Ibuprofens and a long nap.”
Davis was 2-2 in his last 4 fights in the UFC, all 4 of his opponents were ranked in the top 5 of the UFC.