(This must be what Bizarro World Ross Clifton looks like.)
Forget about the Ken Shamrock-Tank Abbott bout that you’ve been positively salivating over, because Bloody Elbow says Shamrock will get beaten up by former pro wrestler Bobby Lashley at Roy Jones Jr.’s “March Badness” event in Pensacola, Florida first. Looks like you’ll have to wait a little longer for your dream fight, MMA fan who is stuck in 1996.
Lashley has only one pro fight so far, which might be reason enough for Shamrock — who is still riding high after his victory over morbidly obese tomato can Ross Clifton — to think he has a chance.
But does he really have a shot? Of course not. Lashley may be a newcomer to MMA, but he was a national wrestling champion in college. In addition to that, he’s also a superb athlete and is not really old, slow, and suffering visible effects from years of beatings. In other words, he has several crucial advantages over Shamrock.
Naturally, Shamrock is agreeing to take this beating because he wants to get paid, but we’d also like to think that maybe some part of him was spurred on by the grilling Michael David Smith gave him over whether he should just quit if all he’s going to do is fight fat dudes from here on out. Mostly it’s money, though.
As much of an oddity as this fight is, you have to admit that it does have a certain name-value appeal. Two former WWE guys, one at the long, sad twilight of his MMA career and the other just starting out, squaring off on a card that also features boxing and MMA fights that are actually competitive (Roy “Big Country” Nelson vs. Jeff “Enemy of Monogamy and Grandfather Clocks” Monson, for example).
Basically, this is the event with something for everyone. Say what you will about Roy Jones Jr., but he’s proving to be a decent promoter. Now if he can just book a couple figure skaters, a heavy metal band, and some dogs that catch frisbees in their mouths, he will truly have every form of entertainment that matters.