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Like It or Not, Ken Shamrock Is Fighting Next Weekend


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It wasn’t until we saw the opening of this bizarre promo — with Ken Shamrock mock-selling his match against Pedro Rizzo at next Sunday’s Impact event — that it finally hit us. Jesus Christ, this dude is headlining another show? If you don’t count fights in which he tested positive for steroids, against opponents who died shortly afterwards due to poor health, you have to go back all the way to June 2004 to find Shamrock’s last victory. After that, he suffered five consecutive first-round TKO losses; to say he phoned in those performances would be an insult to phones. And Ken does sound a little punchy these days, to be honest. He seems to think Pedro Rizzo is 6’4" or 6’5" (even though Rizzo is generally listed at 6’1"), so, you know, he’s "got a lot of heighth to deal with."

At the end, Ken gets a little too honest: "Right now, where we are at this stage of the game, where we started so early, that we kind of play it from here depending on how I feel, if we’re gonna go hard or if we’re just gonna kinda go through some of the motions." Huh? That’s not the sort of thing I’d include in a promo clip, guys. As for Rizzo, the three-time UFC heavyweight title contender has scored wins over Jeff Monson and Gary Goodridge since being laid flat by Gilbert Yvel in June 2009. I’ll go out on a limb and say he takes this one by first-round TKO…

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noahknows- July 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm
oh..... ok,.... I thought ken shamcock was dead...?
BrandonTheTruth- July 10, 2010 at 8:26 am
he looks like a corps. he must really be broke to still be fighting.
Charming Charlie- July 10, 2010 at 12:43 am
His gameplan involves slipping. Yep, this one's in the bag, Ken.
just some dong- July 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm
Yeah, never bought into the whole "MMA is much healthier than boxing" schpeel. I mean, you get hit in the fucking head for a living... you gotta expect ya just might come out 'tarded down the road. It's like people who smoke all their lives and then start bitching when they catch lung cancer at 40.

Dick_Gozenya- July 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm
SURGEON GENERALS WARNING:

Getting punched in the head repeatedly for a living may be harmful to your mental acuity in later stages of life.
Mdot50- July 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm
Ken has had such a good training camp that he can go thru the motions until the fight.
KEN- You have been going thru the motions the last 8 fights my man, you were sure looking sharp on the bags in the promo.
Rizzo by rape rd1
Joedirt- July 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm
Clyde.. you're right bro... where is the commission on this one?
Joedirt- July 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm
Pingu... first off that was a very well thought out and intelligent post, are you sure it belongs here? haha... I think any fighting that involves impact will take it's toll. Funny thing is with the technology that exists today (changes in training, changes in gloves and protective gear) less and less fighters are getting "punchy." Full out sparring was a much larger part of boxing training 50 years ago in comparison to today and the gloves were horse hair not a scientifically balanced layered foam designed to absorb impact. I think in many cases if you find a boxer who seems a little on the slow side, he was probably slow to begin with BEFORE boxing, although I agree taking shots to the melon won't increase his IQ either. I'm not surprised at all, I think MMA fighters will have the exact same repercussion as boxers. Although I think less and less fighters are that way... there are still some. Chuck is an example. Toney... he was like that before boxing.
Jim Harbaugh Scramble- July 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm
Big fan of the World's most dangerous man.

But, holy shit was that painful to watch.

Rizzo isn't completly washed up, but I think his chin is done.

Luckily for him, I don't think Shamrock has ever punched anyone out.
Clyde- July 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm
I don't want to watch the video. The look on his face in the still is enough that I don't want to see what he has to say any more.

5 out of his last 6 fights were 1st round TKO losses. There has to be a point where comissions just have to say "No, you've had enough."

El Guapo- July 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm
Poor Shamrock looks like a f'kn turkey with that waddle/neckskin just dangling in the wind like that. He looks cracked out, too. Wonder if he and Dan Quinn have been "training" together..

Shamrock vs Don Zimmer!!
Almost North- July 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm
What can you say about Ken Shamrock that hasn't already been said about Afghanistan? He looks bombed out and depleted.
Nealio- July 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm
Ken Shamrock is still alive??? I thought those pics of his pale, dead looking mug were all shot at his funeral..?? :(
google- July 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm
OK, i got to chime in here. I know its been awhile since i said anything, but this website has gone to complete shit lately. here is a reason why.

"Right now, where we are at this stage of the game, where we started so early, that we kind of play it from here depending on how I feel, if we're gonna go hard or if we're just gonna kinda go through some of the motions." Huh? That's not the sort of thing I'd include in a promo clip, guys."

He was speaking of his training. Not the fight. He started so early in the training. Boy, you guys need to start putting your names on this shit so i can tell if its just 1 fucktard or if you all are. BF, where the fuck are you at? Come save this and turn it back to what it once was.
Almost North- July 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm
Jermey Horn also has the skull of a Dall Sheep. Minus the uh....horns.
PurplePickle- July 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm
Winnebago man was more threatening in his video. Cranky old dude by TKO in rd 1.
My parents were dumbfucks- July 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm
Like it or not, CagePotato is still spewing out shittalking babble, grow some balls faggots.
MediumRare- July 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm
@ Pingu

You raise an interesting point here. However, Shamrock is one of the oldest most worn out MMA fighters around. He's probably taken as much damage as anyone.

But there's still light-years of difference between Shamrock (or Liddell) and James "Mumbles" Toney, for example.

Another good example is Jeremy Horn. Any boxer with over 100 pro fights will be fucking scrambled beyond comprehension. Horn is still perfectly coherent.
FrankShamrock- July 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm
@ MoTropolis

Funniest comment I've read all day.

Pingu- July 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm
So here's a thought that had never occurred to me previously: for years and years, MMA has been raised up over boxing on a safety standpoint. The hundreds upon thousands of dull thuds to the head a boxer takes over a career has been shown time and again to cause some serious mental damage - but MMA would never see this problem because of the gloves. A short, sharp knockout prevents ongoing damage.

Well, what are we looking at in this video? Isn't this a counter to that argument? Now, yes, you can quite easily raise the point that Shamrock had a chairshot-filled pro wrestling interlude in his career also, and you'd be quite right to. However, every time I watch this video, I see a little more Chuck Liddell. As far as I'm aware, he's never had a career break that involved anything more strenuous than ballroom dancing.

I can't believe that I'd ever say this, but is it time for someone to take a harder look at this? Some athletic commission, some promotion, some independent third party (which would be my choice), is there not some merit here? Let's look a few years down the line, is someone like, let's say a Stephan Bonnar going to be in this very same position? That dude gets hit all day long, how long can it be before he's making incoherent youtube videos? The only difference I can see here between Shamrock and boxing's countless 'punchy' is time. Boxing's been around a lot longer, and so we've seen these people for a lot longer and in greater number. Are Chuck and Shamrock just the first of a wave? I certainly hope not.
MediumRare- July 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm
Ken must be broke again.

If only he'd invested his money instead of spending it on coke and hookers...and roids.
MoTropolis- July 9, 2010 at 1:52 pm
The wrinkles in Ken's neck look like a map to middle earth.
Fried Taco- July 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm
Ken, we want to see you on ROIDS!!!
cecils_pupils- July 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Pedro Rizzo can no longer duck Ken Shamrock.

513? where are you...?
ubidoob- July 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm
Rizzo over Shamrock by blunt force head trauma early in the first. Probably before the two minute mark. The only person with a jaw softer than Jardine or Couture is Shamrock. His whole head is squishy...
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