It turns out Sean Gannon didn’t make the cut after all. I know you’re disappointed. Instead, one of the other fighters on the rumored short list has. Ken Shamrock has been confirmed as Kimbo Slice’s opponent for the third primetime network television broadcast of EliteXC/CBS “Saturday Night Fights.”
Ken Shamrock (Pictures) will be the fourth man to face Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (Pictures) when the two icons clash at EliteXC’s third installment of “Saturday Night Fights” Oct. 4 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The headlining bout will anchor a live broadcast on CBS.
Sherdog.com confirmed the bout’s signing with multiple parties aware of the fight, while a press release is expected to circulate later today with the news.
So there you have it. Shamrock’s probably not who you were hoping for, but considering the position EliteXC is in, Ken’s probably the most ideal opponent for Kimbo that they’re going to find. He’s a relatively safe opponent, and also brings in one of most recognizable names the sport has. Assuming EliteXC and CBS heavily promote it and another sports broadcast doesn’t conflict, the masses are likely going to tune in to see this fight on name recognition alone.
Here’s my best attempt to make this fight somewhat interesting. If Shamrock isn’t stubborn and tries to get this fight to the ground like it’s his only chance for survival, he may have a chance. James Thompson showed us exactly how far Kimbo’s ground game has come, which isn’t far at all. Even at Shamrock’s age, one would think he still has the better ground game. Is it really that far of a stretch to say there’s the possibility of Shamrock pulling off a submission? We all thought Kimbo would knock out Thompson in a matter of seconds, and look what happened there. No, I’m not picking Shamrock to win, but if he can get Kimbo in the same positions Thompson did, there’s a decent chance Shamrock could finish what Thompson started.
For those of you wishing the nod had gone to Brett Rogers, MMARated.com is reporting the winner will face Rogers “sometime in the future,” which can loosely be translated to when they think Kimbo will actually beat Brett Rogers.
The latest EliteXC/CBS: Saturday Night Fights 3 fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.