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‘Kimbo Slice’ Fights Ken Shamrock in Bellator MMA Debut

Written by Tom Ngo
February 26th, 2015
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Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. Ken Shamrock: Take Two. The scrap that slipped through Elite XC’s fingers at the last-second in 2008 will now come to fruition, thanks to Bellator MMA.

On Thursday, Bellator president Scott Coker announced the heavyweights will headline their June 20 event inside Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

“I remember how excited I was when this fight was originally announced, and how disappointed I was when it didn’t come to fruition at that time,” said Coker. “I’m very happy we were able to put this one together because I know these guys still have a lot of unfinished business to take care of, and when they do, it will be something special.”

The two were originally slated to tango seven years ago, but Shamrock suffered a cut over his eye during warm-ups. That unfortunate accident wound up marking the beginning of the end of Kimbo Slice’s mystique in MMA.

The former streetfighting sensation agreed to accept a last-second scrap against Seth Petruzelli that evening and just 14 seconds later found himself on the wrong end of one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history.

That was also essentially the end of Elite XC.

“Ken Shedrack, I owe you this ass whooping,” Slice said. “No more running! No more hiding!”

Bellator inked Ferguson to a multi-fight deal last month. He owns a 4-2 MMA record, but left the game after getting TKO’d by Matt Mitrione in 2010.

Ferguson, now 40, went on to try his hand at boxing, where kicks, takedowns and Brazilian jiu jitsu were eliminated from the equation. He owns a 7-0 pro boxing record, though hasn’t competed in the ring since last January.

Shamrock is a UFC Hall of Famer, though is now 51. He hasn’t competed since dropping a TKO defeat to Mike Bourke in 2010. He’s lost seven of his last nine fights.

“I am back,” Shamrock said. “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. Fighting has always invigorated me. Never give up.”

No other bouts have been reported for the lineup at this time.

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