Update: Reports now indicate that this fight may not be as definite as was first reported. It is now worded that Shamrock “could possibly” come out of retirement to fight Bisping. It seems that this fight could happen but until the UFC confirms this fight (or a fight with Hamill) Bisping’s opponent will remain in doubt.
According to The Fight Network Ken Shamrock will return to the UFC to face Michael Bisping at UFC 75 in London. Earlier this week Ticketmaster began promoting an event between Bisping and fellow TUF 3 competitor Matt Hamill although it appears that fight has been tossed out in favor of the new matchup.
Shamrock has won just one of his last 6 fights. The win came in 2004 when he defeated Kimo Leopoldo via TKO in round 1. Aside from the quick win Shamrock has showed no signs of returning to his winning form. Among the losses are 3 defeats at the hands of Tito Ortiz and TKO losses to Kazushi Sakuraba and Rich Franklin.
In an interesting twist, Shamrock (along with Ortiz) was one of the coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 3, a season Bisping eventually went on to win. Shamrock retired last October after a loss to Tito Ortiz in one of the biggest UFC events ever and has since began coaching in the International Fight League.
Earlier this year we caught wind of a potential Shamrock return to the UFC. At the time he had submitted a request for a fight to Dana White and was awaiting a response. It appears his request was granted as this report indicates he will be facing undefeated light heavyweight Michael Bisping on London at UFC 75 this September.
This is still a preliminary report as the UFC has yet to confirm the fight or explain why Hamill was removed from the fight but it seems as though UFC legend Ken Shamrock will be returning to the UFC this fall.