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‘Freak Show of the Decade’ Alert: Ken Shamrock vs. James Toney Reported for Fall MMA Event

(You’d better start sewing the dress for this little guy.)

There’s really no easy way to tell you this, so we’re just going to come right out and say it: As first reported by, UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock and trash-talking boxing champ turned Randy Couture choke-victim James Toney have agreed to face each other in an MMA bout this fall. The original report pegged the match to an unnamed event in El Paso, Texas, on September 23rd, but Toney’s trainer Trever Sherman says the bout could happen in September or October, and that Texas was simply the most likely location at this point; more details will be hashed out this weekend between the two fighters’ camps.

Look, we all had a good time laughing at Toney’s misfortune after all the smack he talked leading up to his humiliating MMA debut at UFC 118.  But we gotta give him credit for getting back up on the horse. And to be brutally honest, he stands a much better chance against Shamrock, who hasn’t had much success over the last few years, outside of a plodding decision over the rotund Jonathan Ivey last year. (We’re not counting Shamrock’s 2009 submission over Ross Clifton as a legitimate victory, considering he tested positive for steroids after the fight, and Clifton was just seven months away from death at the time of the fight.)

Shamrock has lost a lot of his former athleticism, and might not be able to score a takedown against Toney as easily as Couture did. Still, Sherman is expecting a similar gameplan — for both fighters: “The takedown is Ken’s only chance. I respect Ken as much as I do Randy. He’s one of the reasons we have this art. But he can’t stand with James. Randy proved that. He didn’t stand with him for 10 seconds. No one will make that mistake. I want James to go in with hands down by his waist and dare Ken to punch with him.”

James Toney already has the #1 spot locked up for the best American freak show fights in MMA history. If this fight actually comes together, I believe we’ll have a new entry at the top.

Previously: The ‘Boxing vs. MMA’ Freak Show — A Video Timeline

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moonab- June 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm
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Coneblazer- June 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm
Sideshow freak appeal... both major Douchebags and Dumbasses. I hope they simultaneously hit each other & embarrassingly knock each other out. Wankers
fatbellyfrank- June 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm
Komodo- June 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm
Think Toney will ever shut the fuck up if he wins?

@ djp1988: 500pt. truth bonus.
parchy mcthirst- June 24, 2011 at 10:54 am
I'm interested, but it would be most unfortunate if Ken were knocked into a coma
ccman- June 24, 2011 at 10:15 am
Honestly... I hold shammy gets top control and rains enough elbows no other bitch boxer opens his mouth again. Randy looked to embarrass tooney. I hope shamrock hurts him.
Fedor Penn- June 24, 2011 at 10:07 am
James Toney vs Ray Mercer, mma rules.
TellaTruth- June 24, 2011 at 9:56 am
shouldn't that title read, "...Toney Reported for FAIL MMA Event"?
CHALMSKIN- June 24, 2011 at 9:34 am
pulling for Tony this time too but Ken will win by sub, 1st round
LOKI- June 24, 2011 at 8:49 am
Fuck all you'se guys, I want Kenny to sub him faster than Handy and still ruin his knee for life.
mDino- June 24, 2011 at 8:41 am
Dear Gary,
BONGTAR- June 24, 2011 at 8:40 am
Tony by flying inverted gogoplata kegel choke 4:56 rd. 1
BONGTAR- June 24, 2011 at 8:39 am
@ VIVA.... perfect outcome
RSparrow- June 24, 2011 at 8:32 am
Toney via kicking off the cage like Pettis
Trouser Snake- June 24, 2011 at 8:27 am
Shammy by heelhook. Toney will get taken down, even if Ol Kenny has to pull guard. He won't be worried about getting swept or losing position. I wouldn't be surprised to see Ken pull a Chonan on Toney's ass.
DangadaDang- June 24, 2011 at 8:27 am
And I'm calling it, regardless of whether or not a prize is up for grabs.

Toney by KO (side check kick) 2:15 round 1.
DangadaDang- June 24, 2011 at 8:25 am
I'm hoping on that wagon with you. And as for the freak rules, they should add a special stipulation that the loser should ride a horse into the mountains and stop bothering everyone.
ExpectJesusBro- June 24, 2011 at 8:17 am
I'm gonna Pull for Toney in this one. Shammy is going down! Dana would be laughing his fuckin ass off if Toney wins it.
D-man420- June 24, 2011 at 8:12 am
I for sure want to see Jamey's knock him out it would be funny would cause so much conflict
amsterdamheavy- June 24, 2011 at 8:06 am
Ill root for Toney this time - I hope he gives Shamrock brain damage.
KarmaAteMyCat- June 24, 2011 at 8:04 am
This will be fun to watch however it wont be pretty or full of technical skill. Am I the only one routing for James Toney?
djp1988- June 24, 2011 at 8:02 am
Someone call Jeff VanVonderan, this is officially the rock bottom of MMA.
bgoldstein- June 24, 2011 at 8:00 am
By the way, there's some chatter that the fight will be one of those oddball "mixed rules" bouts...!/boxing/status/84269970745344000
RwilsonR- June 24, 2011 at 7:57 am
Well, I hope Toney has been training all those Brazilian locks with his TKD instructor/trainer.
This is a hard fight to call. I am assuming the most likey outcome will be a no-contest as they both fall over from exhaustion in the second round.
Fried Taco- June 24, 2011 at 7:53 am
I'll be rooting for Toney this time. And it will be an epic after-fight interview!