Kimbo Slice signed a deal with Bellator MMA in January to return to the cage, and now, the infamous street brawler’s first fight is set: June 20 against MMA legend, Ken Shamrock.
He was originally scheduled to fight Shamrock in 2008, as the headliner for EliteXC: Heat. But instead, due to a last minute injury, Shamrock pulled out and was replaced by Seth Petruzelli, who would go on to stun the MMA world with a 14-second knockout of the rising MMA star.
More than six years later, the fight will finally take place, as the headliner for Bellator 138, which airs live on Spike TV from St. Louis.
In a press release, Slice said, “Ken [Shamrock], I owe you this ass whooping. No more running! No more hiding!”
Shamrock, now 51, has not fought since November 2010, but has signed a multifight deal with Bellator.
“I am back,” Shamrock says. “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.
“Kimbo Slice and I have some unfinished business. I am a fighter. That’s who I am.”
41-year-old Kimbo is a former backyard brawler who garnered fame via the Internet. He hasn’t had an MMA fight since 2010, after a disappointing run in the UFC. However, he’s competed as a professional boxer, compiling a 7-0 record with six knockouts… mostly against journeyman opponents.
Shamrock (28-15-2) is an MMA legend, who competed at UFC 1, losing via submission to another legend, Royce Gracie. He’s probably best known for his feud with former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, whom he fought three times between 2002 and 2006.
His third and final meeting against Ortiz at UFC Fight Night in October 2006 remains the most-watched MMA fight of all time on Spike TV, generating 6.5 million viewers.