Admit it. After watching Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson escape a rear-naked choke attempt and rally to TKO Ken Shamrock (pictured) in the opening round Friday at Bellator 138, you thought, ‘That fight was rigged.’
No? Just me? No, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, as well.
“That fight looked fake as f***,” Rogan said on his ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast. “There’s a couple of things I don’t like about it. I don’t like that long clinch, that long clinch they had where they were mouth to ear. They were mouth to each other’s ears for a long f****** time.
“When Ken did take him down, he never hit him once. How about that? He had him down, he had him flattened out, he’s not blasting him with punches. He’s got him flattened out and he’s not hitting him. That doesn’t make any sense.”
Ferguson ending his five-year MMA hiatus to fight a 51-year-old didn’t make any sense, either, but that’s the route Bellator and Viacom decided to take. To their credit, the word “Kimbo” generated over 500,000 Google searches on Friday, so they certainly did something right.
As far as the authenticity of what took place inside the cage? Rogan is not convinced.
“To me it looked, the whole thing, the entrance looked so suspect,” Rogan stated. [Shamrock] was shaking everybody’s hand. It didn’t look like he was about to go fight, it looked like he was about to put on a performance.
“The way Kimbo stopped Shamrock, that was real as f***. He definitely cracked him. So maybe they made an agreement and Kimbo said, ‘I’m going to punch this motherf***er anyway.’
What initially caught my attention was that, even though Shamrock wasn’t able to finish off the choke, he still had booth hooks in to maintain back control. However, as soon as Kimbo fended off the lock, Shamrock just released his hooks as though he couldn’t try the choke again. Or at least hold the position to win the round.
As far as the choke itself, Rogan wasn’t impressed by the UFC Hall of Famer’s technique.
“He choked him but he had it like on top of his head in some weird way,” said Rogan”.It was disturbing to me how easy Kimbo shuck Ken off his back. There was a lot of s*** I didn’t like about it.”
Bellator president Scott Coker is one of the most respected men in all of MMA, so it would be hard to believe that he would mastermind fixing this fight.
Then again, this wouldn’t be the first time one of Kimbo’s fights was questioned (3:55 mark):