Shamrock "Insulted" by Kimbo Fight

Written by Tom Ngo
September 30th, 2008

UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock is not happy about EliteXC’s intentions for pitting him against company poster boy, Kimbo Slice. Shamrock, once known as “The World’s Most Dangerous Man,” is now in the twilight of his career, not having won a fight in over five years. That being said, he is offended by the organization thinking that he is merely a stepping stool for MMA legitimacy.

“That is absolutely what this is,” Shamrock told Sherdog.com. “I’m absolutely taking it as an insult, and I’m going to smash it back in their face.”

The 44-year-old Shamrock has never been one to lack confidence, and it doesn’t seem like he is about to start now.  Those are some aggressive words coming from a fighter that hasn’t survived past the 1stRound in any of his last five fights.

“All I’ve got to say is that I apologize for my last couple of performances,” Shamrock stated. “I have no excuses. On October 4th, I will shut everybody up and make amends for those [losses] by putting Kimbo’s lights out.”

Kimbo will be entering his fourth professional MMA fight on EliteXC’s third CBS promotion, however Shamrock does not think that his opponent’s inexperience will factor too heavily into the outcome of the bout.

“When you fight a guy like Kimbo, experience is irrelevant,” Shamrock commented. “I’m not walking in thinking I’m smarter than him or that I’m going to outskill him. I’m going back to the old Ken Shamrock. I’m going to beat you down and ask questions later.”

Come October 4th, a lot of questions will be answered regarding Shamrock and his career.  Will this be the beginning of his return into the MMA world, or will this be the final nail in the coffin for his career?

“It’s a huge thing for me and my career,” he said. “I can taste this one. I want this bad. He’s a fast-rising star, and this is an opportunity for me to get in the ring and revive my career.

“People are asking the question, ‘Should I be in the ring?’” Shamrock continued. “I guarantee I’m going to answer the question and put a period at the end of it.”

Hopefully for Shamrock, the answer isn’t “NO.”

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