Bellator has set the official date for their next big superfight – a contest between 2008 MMA star Kimbo Slice and 1994 MMA star Ken Shamrock – and the two will do the closest approximation to the man-dance on June 19 in St. Louis, M.O. This is mildly interesting news, but it’s made much more compelling because Slice released a statement that is pretty puzzling. From Bellator’s press release:
“Ken Shedrack, I owe you this ass whooping,” Slice said. “No more running! No more hiding!”
What the hell? Slice is either getting Biblical and calling the UFC 1 veteran “Shedrach” from the Bible tale of Shedrach, Meshach and Abedegno, or he has no freakin’ clue who his opponent will be on June 19 (an opponent he was supposed to face at EliteXC: “Heat” back in 2008).
I’m going to guess it’s the latter.
At least Shamrock is still capable of reading a script.
“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.”
And for Shamrock, the frustration of that bizarre 2008 night has lingered for years. Now is a chance to prove he would have been the one with his hand raised.
“Kimbo Slice and I have some unfinished business,” Shamrock said. “I am a fighter – that’s who I am. Fighting has always invigorated me.”
Folks, when the superfight competitors can’t even get their opponent’s names right, you just know it’s going to be a momentous affair.