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Ken Shamrock to Return to The UFC?

UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock may be planning a UFC comeback, at least according to the Fight Network. Here is what they said about the fighter:

Ken Shamrock has not been offered a rematch with Royce Gracie if Sakuraba fails to get cleared to fight. Shamrock’s manager Rod Donohoo says an individual not representing the famed fighter had approached K-1 on Shamrock’s behalf without his knowledge, bringing life to the rumor. Shamrock has no immediate plans with K-1, but is pursuing another fight in the UFC. Donohoo says they are still awaiting a response from UFC president Dana White.

It appears Shamrock is set on a comeback to the world’s biggest MMA organization, pending approval by UFC president Dana White. In my opinion White will accept the request without hesitation because, although he may no longer be in his prime or a top contender, a fighter with Shamrock’s clout could be a huge draw for the organization especially if matched up with an up and coming fighter.

Shamrock has a 26-12-2 MMA record and was the first-ever UFC superfight champion. Most UFC fans will probably remeber Shamrock for his long-standing feud with UFC superstar Tito Ortiz. The two first fought at UFC 40 when Tito defeated Shamrock via corner stoppage. The feud continued with another fight at UFC 61 when he was defeated just over a minute into the first round via TKO. The decision to stop the fight was controversial so a third and difinitive fight between the two was planned for cable and in October of last year Shamrock was defeated by TKO in the first round yet again.

Shamrock has lost his last 4 fights but is still a draw for most fans are familiar with his rivalry with Tito as well as his time as a professional wrestler. He will take over as the coach of the Nevada Lions next year in the IFL.

Although nothing is finalized at this point don’t be surprised if Shamrock makes at least one more appearance in the UFC.

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