Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC/CBS
Can’t really call it Kimbo-Shamrock if that didn’t happen, can we? After some technical difficulties preventing live blogging, it’s time to post the results.
Seth Petruzelli def. Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson - TKO (Strikes)
Jake Shields def. Paul Daley - Submission (Armbar)
Andrei Arlovski def. Roy Nelson - KO
Gina Carano def. Kelly Kobold - Unanimous Decision
Benji Radach def. Murilo “Ninja” Rua - TKO (Strikes)
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos def. Yoko Takahashi - Unanimous Decision
Connor Heun def. Edson Berto - TKO (Strikes)
Mikey Gomez def. Lorenzo Borgomeo - Submission (Armbar)
Bryan Hamade def. David Gomez - Submission (Guillotine)
Nicolae Cury def. Jorge Bouchat - Submission (Reverse Triangle)
Yup, you read that right, Kimbo was TKO’d. Not only that, but he was TKO’d in 14 seconds. Shocker? A little, but not completely, despite the popularity difference.
EliteXC announced a sellout, and ratings may have been good for the event, but with Kimbo dispatched so quickly, EliteXC’s possible success tonight will be overshadowed by their biggest draw falling so fast.
The weigh-in’s for tonight’s CBS broadcast of EliteXC Heat: Slice vs Shamrock took place yesterday and were not without their fair share of controversy. Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock got into a physical pushing match while Jake Shields and Paul Daley also got very confrontational and had to be separated multiple times including behind the scenes. And Gina Carano made weight. But not without having to fully disrobe in front of the crowd covered by a few flimsy towels. Here are the weights.
Main Card on CBS
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson - 234.5 vs. Ken Shamrock - 206.5
Jake Shields - 169.75 vs. Paul Daley - 170
Andrei Arlovski - 240.75 vs. Roy Nelson - 262.75
Gina Carano - 141 vs. Kelly Kobold - 141
Benji Radach - 185 vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua - 185
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos - 148.5 vs. Yoko Takahashi - 148.5
Edson Berto - 157.75 vs. Connor Heun - 160.75
Seth Petruzelli - 205.5 vs. Aaron Rosa - 204.75
Lorenzo Borgomeo - 170.25 vs. Mikey Gomez - 170.25
David Gomez - 138.75 vs. Bryan Hamade - 138.75
Jorge Bouchat - 159.5 vs. Nicolae Cury - 161.25
I have some opinions on this after the jump.
Ken Shamrock. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
Despite losing his last five fights and being unable to earn a victory in the last four years, Ken Shamrock believes that his upcoming fight against Kimbo Slice on October 4 is a chance to show a national television audience that he still has what it takes to be competitive in the world of mixed martial arts.
On a teleconference Thursday afternoon, Shamrock apologized for his recent losing streak, but promised that he plans to show the critics that he has learned from his defeats and has enough in the tank to knock off EliteXC’s fastest-rising star.
“I’m gonna apologize, right here and now, for my last couple performances in MMA,” Shamrock said. “I have my reasons but they are just excuses. I’ll tell you this though - on October 4, I will shut everybody up and make amends for those fights by putting Kimbo’s lights out.”
Former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock gives his predictions on the main card fights that will take place at EliteXC’s upcoming “Heat” event on October 4 at the BankAtlantic Center, in Sunrise, Florida and is televised on CBS. Above Shamrock gives a quick breakdown of the card’s featured fights. After the jump, he explains how his brother Ken, can easily defeat Kimbo Slice.
Ken Shamrock. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
“Honestly, I think I can test him anywhere. He’s got big, heavy hands. Everyone says he punches hard and he probably does. But again, he doesn’t punch properly, in my opinion. He swings his hands, he moves his body back and forth trying to get as much power as he can, but there’s really no snap behind it. You can usually see the punches coming. I’m going to do what I need to do. If it goes to the ground, I’ll probably break his leg. I mean, no question. I will break his leg. If he gives it to me, I’m going to break it.”
- UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock gives his thoughts on the potential outcome of his anticipated bout against heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson on October 4 on CBS to Sherdog.com.
Shamrock is correct. If the fight does indeed go to the ground, he has a massive advantage. His submission skills are legendary and he could easily break Slice’s leg if he wanted to. However Shamrock’s last handful of bouts put his comments in question. Will Ken push his pride aside and not stand with Kimbo?
Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
EliteXC has officially announced the televised main card for the upcoming third edition of “Saturday Night” Fights, which will be broadcast on CBS and will take place at the BankAtlantic Center, in Sunrise, Florida on October 4.
The show’s main event will feature EliteXC heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson taking on the biggest test of his young career thus far in the form of UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock. EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields will defend his title against top British welterweight Paul Daley in the night’s co-main event.
Additional featured bouts include a women’s 140 lb. bout between the ever-popular Gina Carano and female veteran Kelly Kobold-Gavin and a middleweight affair between former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua and UFC and IFL veteran Benji Radach.
Another female bout between Brazilian standout Cris Cyborg and Yoko Takahashi will serve as the show’s swing bout, meaning that it could be featured on the CBS broadcast time-permitting. Also announced for the non-televised undercard was Edson Berto vs. Mike Aina and the participation of UFC veterans Crafton Wallace and Seth Petruzelli.
Brett Rogers. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
EliteXC heavyweight contender Brett Rogers, and his camp, Team Bison, have released an official statement concerning EliteXC’s decision to match up Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson against UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock on the organization’s October 4 show on CBS.
Rogers was expected to be Slice’s opponent at the event after their altercation following Slice’s controversial win over James Thompson on May 31. At the post-fight press conference, Rogers slammed Slice’s performance, calling it “garbage”. Slice took exception and a near brawl would have occurred if it weren’t for cooler heads prevailing.
In the days and weeks leading up to Monday’s decision, Rogers was still said to be one of EliteXC’s choices to face Slice, along with Shamrock and former UFC and PRIDE standout Don Frye. In the end, EliteXC decided to go with Shamrock, relegating Rogers to a planned November 8th event on Showtime. The official statement from Rogers and his camp can be read at Five Ounces of Pain.
Loretta Hunt of Sherdog is reporting that UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock and famed street brawler Kimbo Slice have agreed to a contract to throwdown at the next EliteXC show on CBS, October 4, 2008 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.. This show will be the third of four contracted shows for EliteXC on CBS, but given the ratings from the second show in July, it is believed that EliteXC is really needing to put up big numbers to continue the contract.
Despite Kimbo getting called out after his last fight by undefeated heavyweight Brett Rogers, EliteXC has decided to go the safer route with the matchup against MMA legend Ken Shamrock. The 45 year old Shamrock will enter the fight riding a five fight losing streak. But his name recognition and selling power can not be underestimated.
A relative newcomer to organized Mixed Martial Arts, Kimbo, aka Kevin Ferguson, will take a 3-0 record into the fight against the Lion’s Den founder. Kimbo’s last fight against James Thompson at the first EliteXC on CBS show ended up shrouded in controversy and resulting in a 3rd round TKO for Kimbo. Many felt that the fight should have been stopped in the third round with Thompson dominating Slice on the ground. Then, many felt the fight was stopped prematurely when Kimbo rocked Thompson to start the third round.
An official announcement from EliteXC is expected later today.
Update ( 3:45pm EST) - Jared Shaw of EliteXC has confirmed to 5 Oz of Pain that Ken Shamrock will indeed be the opponent for Kimbo Slice on October 4.
Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
EliteXC officials are reportedly still in talks to decide who heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson should fight in the main attraction of the organization’s latest edition of “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS, which will take place at the at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on October 4th.
The news comes from MMANews.com, who were informed by an EliteXC spokesperson that the promotion is preparing to announce Slice’s next opponent at some point over the next week or so. As of right now, there are apparently three different opponents on the table for Slice and at least two of them are well-known to mainstream fans.
Current rumors have the trio as being Ken Shamrock, Don Frye, or Brett Rogers. While Rogers was originally thought to be set in stone as Slice’s opponent following their post-fight press conference confrontation in May, it seems that EliteXC officials are looking to match Slice with another fighter that holds star power.
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Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Fame member Ken Shamrock has filed a lawsuit against the parent company of his former employer, Zuffa LLC, alleging a breach of contract concerning the two-fight deal Shamrock signed in the summer of 2006.
Despite announcing his retirement from mixed martial arts immediately following his third and final loss to former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz in October of 2006, Shamrock later told the UFC that he was interested in completing the final bout on his deal, only to be told that he had been cut from his contract.
“The UFC breached my contract,” Shamrock said in a October 2007 interview with our friends at MMA Junkie. “I had one fight left on my contract, and they just told my agent and my attorney that they were terminating by contact for no reason, saying that my quality, my level of fighting can’t compete in the UFC.”
While Shamrock claims of having one-fight left on his deal with the UFC are legitimate, it’s also widely known that Zuffa reserves the right to release a fighter from a contract if they are unsatisfied with his performance.
After learning of his release from the UFC, Shamrock, along with his son Ryan, signed a multi-fight deal with Pro Elite. Shamrock was knocked out by Robert Berry last month in a heavyweight bout at Cage Rage 25: Bring It On.
The suit, which was filed on April 15th in Las Vegas, is seeking damages of up to $10,000 as well as any court costs.
HT: MMA Junkie