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.