No, your eyes are not deceiving you, as Bellator has in fact booked Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson to face Ken Shamrock on June 20th….
According to the official announcement, which you can verify by heading here, Slice and Shamrock will throw down on that date at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Now, if you’re new to MMA, you may be unaware that Shamrock and Slice were booked to fight way back in 2008, under the Elite XC banner. Shamrock, however, was cut while warming up backstage and was pulled from the bout.
Slice went to to face UFC vet Seth Petruzelli, and was taken out in 14 seconds…The Elite XC promotion crashed and burned not longer after.
“I remember how excited I was when this fight was originally announced, and how disappointed I was when it didn’t come to fruition at that time,” Bellator President Scott Coker was quoted saying in the official announcement. “I’m very happy we were able to put this one together because I know these guys still have a lot of unfinished business to take care of, and when they do, it will be something special.”
Slice eventually found his way to the UFC, via “The Ultimate Fighter”, but after he was taken out by Matt Mitrione in 2010 he moved onto pro-boxing. The 41 year-old proceeded to go 7-0 in boxing, before he was signed by Bellator a few weeks ago.
“Ken Shedrack, I owe you this ass whooping,” Slice said. “No more running! No more hiding!”
Shedrack? Shamrock, who is 51 years old, hasn’t fought in MMA since 2010 when he was stopped by Mike Bourke. The legendary fighter had this to say about the upcoming bout:
“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.”
So. There you have it. It’s another bout that’s sure to make MMA purists groan, but will it draw big ratings for Bellator and SPIKE? Yes. It probably will.
No other bouts for the June 20th card have been announced yet.