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LONDON - Before an excitable crowd of 8,000-plus at Wembley Arena, mixed martial arts pioneer Ken Shamrock of the USA was handed his first knockout loss by English powerhouse Robert “Buzz” Berry at Cage Rage 25.
Berry landed a series of strikes to the head of Shamrock and sent him down. The referee waved off the fight at 3:26 of the first round as the 240-pound Berry prepared to pounce on his fallen opponent.
In other televised fights, Cage Rage featherweight champion Masakazu Imanari of Japan applied a text book reverse heel hook to destroy the knee of formidable Brazilian adversary Jean Silva. Silva tapped out at 2:35 of round one, and appeared to be in tremendous pain.
In a battle of big men, heavyweights Rob Broughton of England won a majority decision over fellow countryman Neil Grove by scores of 29-28 twice and 28-29. The two men entered the cage at a combined 250-plus pounds and fought an entertaining scrape for three full rounds.
Local favorite Tommy “Kong” Watson thrilled his adoring fans with a knockout of American Pierre Guillet. With Watson on his back during first-round action, Guillet dove in to attack, but Watson struck first by landing a devastating upward heel strike to Guillet’s head. Watson quickly pounced on top of the fallen Guillet and finished him with fist strikes to the head.
Complete event results are after the jump:
Ken Shamrock weighs-in for UFC 61: Bitter Rivals. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow’s Cage Rage 25: Bring It On are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
The event will be highlighted by Ken Shamrock’s return to action as he will be welcomed in his Cage Rage debut by opponent Robert “Buzz” Berry. Shamrock’s son Ryan will compete on the undercard against Giorgio Andrews. Masakazu Imanari will also defend his featherweight title against Jean Silva.
Ken Shamrock (220 lbs) vs. Robert Berry (240 lbs)
Masakazu Imanari (143 lbs) vs. Jean Silva (144 lbs)
Gary Turner (220 lbs) vs. Mustapha Al-Turk (240 lbs)
Rob Broughton (282 lbs) vs. Neil Grove (273 lbs)
Pierre Guillet (184 lbs) vs. Tom Watson (184 lbs)
Ivan Serati (200 lbs) vs. Roman Webber (204 lbs)
Aisling Daly (129 lbs) vs. Aysen Berik (132 lbs)
Giorgio Andrews (133 lbs) vs. Ryan Shamrock (134 lbs)
Henrique Santana (169 lbs) vs. Michael Johnson (169 lbs)
Marvin Arnold (180 lbs) vs. John Hathaway (184 lbs)
John Phillips (184 lbs) vs. Jake Bostwick (184 lbs)
Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite
Ryan Shamrock, the son of mixed martial arts legend Ken Shamrock, will take on Giorgio Andrews at the EliteXC-sponsored Cage Rage 25 on March 8th at the Wembley Arena in London, England.
The promotion made the official announcement earlier today.
Shamrock and his father signed multi-fight deals with Elite Xtreme Combat earlier this month. The elder Shamrock will be fighting on the card as well, taking on English heavyweight Robert “Buzz” Berry in the main event.
Ryan made his mixed martial arts debut this past August. He was victorious, submitting opponent Josh Besneatte at a show promoted by his father. The bout will mark his second professional fight.
Andrews is undefeated so far in his career, winning two straight fights at separate Cage Rage contenders events last year.
Photo courtesy of KenShamrock.com
The world’s most dangerous father and son combo are headed to London, England to show their stuff.
Elite Xtreme Combat has announced that they have to come to terms on multi-fight deals with former UFC superfight champion Ken Shamrock and his 19-year-old son, Ryan. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“We’re thrilled to have signed Ken and Ryan Shamrock,’’ said EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw, who made the announcement Monday through a press release. “Ken is one of the most recognizable and popular figures in MMA. He has fought the biggest and some of the most important fights in MMA history.”
“Ken is responsible for putting MMA on the worldwide map and making it what it is today,” continued Shaw. “I have the utmost respect for all the Shamrocks. Believe me, I have signed fighters with EliteXC and many more in boxing, but I can truly say I’m as excited about this signing as I have ever been. I’m realIy looking forward to seeing the Shamrocks in action.’’
Both father and son will be back in action at EliteXC-sponsored Cage Rage 25: Bring it on, which will take place on Saturday, March 8th, at the Wembley Arena in London, England. Opponents for both have not yet been announced.
Ken’s return marks the first time the veteran will fight since announcing his retirement following a first-round loss to Tito Ortiz at Shamrock vs. Ortiz III: The Final Chapter back in October of 2006. However Shamrock remains focused despite the layoff.
“I’m totally committed to returning to the cage injury free and anxious about fighting in England for the first time,’’ the older Shamrock said. “It is very exciting for both Ryan and I. We will be making MMA history by being the first father and son to ever fight on the same card. This is a great opportunity we are getting with EliteXC. Give me a fight or two and I will be ready to fight anybody.’’
Ryan made his mixed martial arts debut this past August. He was victorious, submitting opponent Josh Besneatte at a show promoted by his father.
“I think I am more excited than nervous about fighting on the same card with my dad,” said Ryan. “If anything, it gives me more incentive. I get the chance to show that there is another Shamrock out there who can compete as well as he can.’’
The event also features a featherweight title bout between Jean Silva and Masakazu Imanari as well as a clash of heavyweights between England-native Gary Turner and top contender Mustapha al Turk.