Wait up, is it 1993 again? Or even 1995? Twenty years after Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock (pictured) met in their highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 5, it was announced Friday that the MMA icons will tango for a third time.
The unexpected trilogy goes down February 19 at Bellator 149. Toyota Center in Houston, Texas serves as host.
The matchup was announced during last night’s Bellator 145 event.
Gracie submitted Shamrock at UFC 1 in one of the most memorable scraps in the sport’s history. They fought to a draw two years later.
Gracie, who turns 49 in December, hasn’t fought professionally since taking a unanimous decision over Kazushi Sakuraba in 2007. The MMA pioneer started his pro career back in 1993, winning his first 11 bouts.
Shamrock, who clocks 52 in February, ended his five-year hiatus to get TKO’d by Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in June. “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” has mostly been a danger to himself of late having lost 11 of his past 15 fights.
Despite their UFC Hall of Fame status, Gracie and Shamrock have both been serving as Bellator ambassadors over the past couple years.
Man, Bellator is really grasping at straws here…
Speaking of Kimbo, it was also announced that he will appear in the card against Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris.