(Yeah, but what happens when Cage Rage dumps your ass?)
According to The Fight Network, Ken Shamrock‘s manager has confirmed that “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” will face Robert “Buzz” Berry during his Cage Rage debut at London’s Wembley Arena on March 8th. Berry fights as a heavyweight, and we’re guessing the match will be fought within that division. Here’s the rest of what we know about Berry:
— His record is 11-7. He hasn’t beaten anybody we’ve heard of, but he’s lost to Tengiz Tedoradze (twice), Dan Severn (last year), and his last two matches resulted in TKO losses against Colin Robinson (who will face Antoni Hardonk in the undercard of UFC 80) and Neil Grove (who is also on the Cage Rage 3/8 card), a loss which he later blamed on fatigue due to a severe chest infection.
— After his loss to Grove, Berry said: “I just want to quash any rumours of my retirement, I doubt if Neil Grove will give me a rematch, but one guy that has caught my eye is Kimbo and if he wants a slice of me, well let’s get it on. See you in the cage.” Since ProElite owns both EliteXC and Cage Rage, this match isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
— None of Berry’s fights have gone to a decision.
We like to rag on Ken Shamrock for losing seven of his last nine fights, but we have to acknowledge that all of those losses came from top-tier competition: Tito Ortiz (three times), Rich Franklin, Don Frye, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Kazuyuki Fujita. Buzz Berry is no patsy, but Cage Rage wouldn’t offer him up if they didn’t think he’d be a good candidate for Shamrock’s first comeback fight. Not that this would ever happen, but what Shamrock needs to do is take a hiatus from the Lion’s Den so he can train with other notable camps and learn some new tricks; our biggest concern about Ken has been that MMA is evolving without him. Nevertheless, we’re calling it early for Shamrock. We’ll let you know when our opinion changes.