Ken, Kimbo Have Something to Prove at Bellator St. Louis Event
Like a scene straight out of the sixth Rocky film, a combat sports legend is making his return to action—not in a boxing ring—but a cage. As Bellator MMA (arguably the second most popular mixed martial arts promotion in the world) makes its debut in St.Louis debut on June 19, Ken Shamrock will compete for the first time in nearly five years. At age 51, Shamrock is fighting for the love of the sport. His opponent, 41-year-old Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, is essentially starting over.
As our own Dan Ryno reported in March, Slice has had his hand raised seven times as a boxer, but hasn’t done anything of note in MMA aside from his 1-1 UFC record (4-2 overall) and a stint on The Ultimate Fighter that could be considered a flop. Slice was eliminated from the competition after being pinned to the canvas in an arm-crucifix position which allowed Roy Nelson to go for the TKO. He is now looking to go on a path of destruction, already looking past “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” it seems. Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com wrote: “This is not a one-off for me,” Slice said. “I’m still active. I’m loving where I’m at right now. With age, I’ve gotten wiser, gotten smarter with my training. I’m at ATT (American Top Team) with the best, some of the best guys in the world. We’re in bed with Bellator.” Simply put, Slice better consider Shamrock a threat, and it all comes down to skill versatility and conditioning. Let’s face it, boxing has three main strategies: hit hard, stick and move, or clinch. MMA is called mixed martial arts for a reason, and if Shamrock can avoid Slice’s power (maybe) and tire him out (almost a certainty), it will be a bad night for Kimbo as 22 of his opponent’s 28 victories are by submission. Some fight fans may feel that Shamrock is past his prime, but he is now fighting out of enjoyment, not to prove anything to anyone but himself. Maybe he needs to walk away, but that doesn’t mean that the former champion and UFC Hall of Fame member isn’t successful. My only question is: How long will it take for Kimbo to walk away? Winner: Ken Shamrock- Submission in Round 2