Word has just gotten out that terrifying black man but incomplete mixed martial arts fighter Kimbo Slice will face 44-year-old MMA legend Ken Shamrock on October 4th for EliteXC on CBS. And when I say "legend," I mean it in the way-past-his prime, we-should-be using-past-tense sort of way. Since I'm a fan but not an expert at MMA, I'll leave the analysis to CagePotato:
Ken Shamrock has lost his last five fights by first-round KO/TKO. He has a tendency to get grazed on the chin, drop to the mat with his eyes rolled up in his head, and then immediately pop up to complain when the ref stops the fight. Maybe it’s just bad luck. Maybe he’s more susceptible to flash knockouts than
mostall MMA fighters. Whatever the case, he shouldn’t be headlining a network television fight card…
It’s as good a time as any to bring up this fun fact: Kimbo’s second EliteXC opponent, Tank Abbott, had lost seven of his past eight fights before stepping into the cage at “Street Certified” in February. James Thompson had lost six of his last eight when he faced Kimbo at “Primetime.” Now, perhaps because Thompson gave Slice more problems than EliteXC had expected, they’re giving him Shamrock, who like Tank, has also lost seven of his last eight. These guys are beyond “jobbers” — they’re woefully unsuccessful.
I can't argue that Kimbo Slice is a compelling figure for the sport, but EliteXC is a dogshit organization. For what EliteXC is doing for his development as a fighter, Kimbo may as well be working at the state fair or wandering around Oklahoma offering to punch away ranchers' prairie dog problems.