There was a lot of chatter amongst MMA fans and media alike when Bellator announced a bout between the returning Kimbo Slice and 51-year-old Ken Shamrock for Bellator 138 in June. While it's certainly not the most relevant bout, it did get some attention and that's precisely what the promotion was looking for. For his part, Shamrock's not trying to get back the top of the mountain by taking the fight - he's just trying to have some fun.
He spoke to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about the fight earlier this week:
"I'm not looking to be a contender. I'm not looking to do anything other than have fun and be able to take fights that are entertaining to me and that are marketable and entertaining to the fans. To me, if those things line up, then I'm gonna do it. This happened to be one of them that kind of fell in my lap, so I said let's do this."
Most fans know by now that Slice and Shamrock were supposed to fight at an EliteXC event in 2008, but Shamrock had to pull out the day of the fight with a cut. He was replaced by Seth Petruzelli, who finished Slice in 14 seconds. Shamrock stated that he's been trying to get a fight with Slice since then, but Slice's camp always turned it down. Either way, they'll step into the cage on June 20th in St. Louis if everything goes on as scheduled, and Shamrock will have his chance at redemption. He even says that he's better than he was a decade and a half ago:
He aged just like I did. We both are out of our prime. I'm doing this because I love it. I want to get in there and fight. I feel great. I believe that I could put on a great show and I believe that I'm better than I was 15 years ago."
They've gotta be the same people that step up and say, 'We were completely wrong about this guy. He was in shape. He whipped his ass. Man, we've gotta give him his props.' As long as they're OK doing that, if they want to open their mouths before the fight and they want to say those types of things, I've got no problem with that."