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Shawn Tompkins to Fight Ken Shamrock? Whaaa?

The Xtreme Fighting Association (XFA) recently announced the signing of Xtreme Couture trainer Shawn Tompkins to a three-fight deal in their K-1 style organization, and while there was initially no word on an opponent we all assumed it would be someone xtreme, like maybe one of those skateboarders from the Mountain Dew commercials. Now is reporting that Tompkins’ first opponent may be none other than Ken Shamrock:

“I just signed a 3 fight deal with XFA, which is a K-1 kickboxing promotion in Las Vegas. I’ll be doing my first fight September 26th. Between September, December and February. They are looking at my first fight being Ken Shamrock”.

As much as those who train under him love to talk about Tompkins as some kind of Yoda of the fight game, his brief foray into MMA was, shall we say, unsuccessful. Perhaps returning to his roots as a kickboxer is a good idea.

Of course, embarking on a new career as a kickboxer is probably not a good idea for Shamrock, but that never stopped him before. Perhaps Tompkins will have to make an xample out of him. See what I’ve done there? I’m going to go cry now.

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Wildcat- March 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm
shawn tompkins is a spray-tanned pussy.
LionsDen- July 13, 2008 at 10:33 am
Ken has NOT been contacted about a fight with Shawn Thompkins, he especially does not plan to fight a kickboxing fight. As far as his career goes, he still has the heart of a champion, however a number of injuries must heal first and an offer of significant porportion would have to be made for Ken to get back in the ring, he is currently doing well spreading mma at the grass roots level aiding military and government municipals courts/athletic commisions, opening gyms and making appearances.
Perennial- July 9, 2008 at 8:58 am
I really hope he will come back stronger then ever and excel above everyone else.
But, that isn't that realistic...

But I hope /:
Jeff- July 9, 2008 at 7:44 am
Ken Shamrock was my first exposure to UFC, when I was a wee lad watching the WWF. Godda give him a top 10 fav. fighter spot for that... ok maybe top 20, but still you can't hate on Ken Shamrock.

It sucks that he's ending his hall of fame career on a bad note.
gracies suck ass- July 9, 2008 at 4:42 am
SHAMROCK RULES!!! Kinda sad that he's still gotta beat himself up for a paycheck, but if the man doesn't want to let it go power to him. Older dudes with worse streaks have knocked some wins together so I'll never count out the Rock, dude is a legit legend, I know I'll watch the fight, if not on tv then streamed on some website, either way he'll prolly get his ass whooped and it'll be fucking sweet.
Stephen Rhodes- July 9, 2008 at 3:18 am
Ken Shamrock needs to stick what he was doing - running gyms and such. His glory days are much behind him. There's a reason UFC, Affliction and EliteXC have not signed him to a contract.
man- July 9, 2008 at 2:41 am
shamrock has lost his skillz.. he's way out of his prime. he was good, but he's dragging this shit on too long :(. he's raping his own legacy
fightfan- July 9, 2008 at 1:28 am
Ken really, really, REALLY needs to give it up. He was was washed up and over the hill 5 years ago when Tito beat the living piss out of him. I know he is trying to get a piece of the pie......He was getting peanuts to fight 10 years ago....If the UFC was where it is now back when Shamrock was fighting and popular....He would be getting $200,000 plus per fight......

But, Ken, those days are long gone....Today's athletes are far better athletes and plain and simple you are far, far below the caliber of today's AVERAGE fighter!! Tough luck, if you were only 10 years younger than . maybe you could get a pice of the pie!!! But, PLEASE hang it up, it is embarassing watching you attempt to fight
Ronnie- July 8, 2008 at 11:54 pm
Tompkins has some really good kickboxing. .. it didn't transfer well into MMA, but that happens to tonnes of people..

Ken would be in trouble here..
Than- July 8, 2008 at 11:02 pm
"Perhaps Tompkins will have to make an xample out of him. See what I’ve done there? I’m going to go cry now." lame