Frank Shamrock walks to cage before his fight against Phil Baroni in June 2007. Photo by Jon Swenson
NEW YORK – Legendary mixed martial arts pioneer Frank Shamrock will serve as guest commentator during Friday’s 2008 premiere of ShoXC: EliteXC Challenger Series on Showtime (Jan. 25 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Shamrock, who is training for his much anticipated EliteXC fight with Cung Le (Saturday, March 29, on Showtime) will take time away from training to join renowned play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo and “Fight Professor” Stephen Quadros for the five-fight ShoXC telecast from Trump Taj Mahal Atlantic City Hotel & Casino.
“Frank Shamrock is one of the most colorful and dynamic personalities in the sport,” said Ken Hershman, senior vice president and general manager, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime. “He will add his special blend of experience and charisma to the fight call on Friday and provide his unique brand of insight to his impending match-up with Cung Le, which will be another incredible night for MMA.”
Friday’s ShoXC telecast will be highlighted by a terrific match up featuring popular Philadelphia phenom Eddie Alvarez and tough, determined Hawaiian Ross Ebanez.
“This is an exciting card and I’m glad to be part of it working with Mauro and Stephen,” Shamrock said. “I’d rather be fighting, but I also love to talk and call fights so this is one of the next best things. I can talk the talk, and I’ll definitely be walking the walk March 29. Cung Le is a good fighter, but he’s not good enough (to defeat me.).’’
Besides the Alvarez-Ebanez fight at 165 pounds on Friday, other televised bouts at include: Paul “Semtex’’ Daley, of England, vs. Sam Morgan, of St. Paul, Minn., in a 170-pound scrap; Bobby McMaster, of Boston, Mass., vs. Bao Quach, of Huntington Beach, Calif., at 150; Kala Kolohe Hose, of Waiane, Hawaii, vs. Fred Belleton, of Stoughton, Mass., at 185; and Julie Kedzie, of Albuquerque, N.M., by way of Greenwood, Ind., vs. Tonya Evinger, of Reno, Nev., by way of Oak Grove, Mo., at 140.