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Point/Counterpoint: Ken Shamrock and Kimbo Slice

(‘Old and veiny. That’s how I roll.’)

In an interview with Gary Herman of Ken Shamrock reiterates his desire to knock Kimbo Slice unconscious and then shave his beard (are the lines between pro wrestling and “the MMA” blurring for Ken in his old age?), and also offers this assessment of his game plan going into the bout on Saturday:

“If all goes well, I’ll get a win in the first round. I can handle him anywhere – stand-up or on the ground. I’m not going to force anything. If it’s there, I’m going to take it. If he leaves his face open, I’m going to punch it. If he gives me a leg, I’ll take that.”

A genius master plan it ain’t, but at least he’s going in there with something. Not to be outdone, Kimbo had this to say about his preparation for the fight, then added a word of advice for Shamrock:

“I daydream about the fights, man. This (expletive) is in my head. I see it over and over and over again. I don’t think about sex, I don’t think about smokin’, I don’t think about drinking. I think about the guy I’m fighting, I think about my opponent. That’s all I think about.


“Come into this cage and fight like a lion, rather than die like a pussy.”

Well, okay, two different rhetorical styles there but…wait a minute. Did Kimbo just suggest that Ken Shamrock might “die like a pussy” in their fight? I understand the “fight like a lion” part. Did he mean ‘lose like a pussy’? Then again, ‘pussy’ isn’t exactly the opposite of ‘lion.’ How about ‘lose like a lamb’?

All right, long story short, parallel sentence structure isn’t Kimbo’s strong suit. But either way let’s not go around talking about Ken Shamrock dying in the cage on Saturday, okay Kimbo? The guy’s getting on in years as it is, his cholesterol is probably a concern, and just think about how bad you’ll feel if he really does die. You don’t want that hanging over your head.

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KTFO- October 1, 2008 at 4:44 am
The large nodules in Ken's arm veins were actually found to be chunks of lard and bacon fat.
UFC FAN- October 1, 2008 at 12:00 am
i wonder if kimbo has a beard on his testis. oh well like my dad always used to say to me suck it and see
BM2- September 30, 2008 at 11:38 pm
I'm thinking that Kimbo was making a pun.

i.e. lion, big cat as opposed to pussy, pussy cat... vagina.

Kimbo is deep, man.
UFC fan- September 30, 2008 at 11:06 pm
â??Come into this cage and fight like a lion, rather than die like a pussy.â??

was this directed at Ken or that george micheals dicksucker from the UK?

hey Ben...lion: big cat
pussy: little cat
I think you shoulda known this.
d0zer- September 30, 2008 at 8:59 pm
Have they tested Shamrock for steroids? He has all the attributes of a 'roid head. Big nose, veiny, back-pimples, shrunken testicles, and the fact that he is ripped as shit at the age of 75.
Laid Back Country Dude- September 30, 2008 at 6:51 pm
Rob Enderle- September 30, 2008 at 5:24 pm
Kimbo has his priorities straight: no passing the bong during training.
Only after. Good man.

Hear that Guillard? Its called self-control.
You can snort half of Bolivia AFTER the fight, not 48-72hrs before.
JoseMonkey- September 30, 2008 at 5:08 pm
LOL. I like the snarky commentary. Especially the bit about parallel sentence structure.

Nice work, Ben.
mayhem420- September 30, 2008 at 4:22 pm
Old, Bald and Veiny
Dude I think thats what James ear was heard saying through out the fight.
That is untill it split open.... then it died and kinda looked like a pussy....
Tito- September 30, 2008 at 4:20 pm
Wish I was fighting him Ken is the only one I can beat anymore.
shitwhistle- September 30, 2008 at 4:10 pm
Jugger, what are you? Some kinda psychic? That shit is dead on.
And please, with the shave his beard crap.
Old, Bald and Veiny- September 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm
â??Come into this cage and fight like a lion, rather than die like a pussy.â??

Isn't that what Thompson said to Kimbo as he rained down 13 unanswered shots to his bearded dome?
skidding- September 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm
Unrelated, but back at UFC1 Ken stated that he had never seen Gracie jiu jitsu before, and that's why he got caught by a gi submission. But Ken was fighting over at Pancrase learning catch wrestling in Japan. Is it possible to learn catch-wrestling and not even know of jiu jitsu? Or is Ken just a master of excuses?
Jugger- September 30, 2008 at 3:28 pm
Kimbo will lob an inaccurate right hand in Ken's general direction and flash KO him. Kimbo will pounce. The ref will wave Kimbo off and then Ken will bounce up with a look of utter disbelief on his face; like, "What? I wasn't hurt!"