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  • Shamrock Hanging by a Thread By: Jake Rossen



    Ken Shamrock file photo: Chris Dela Cruz | Sherdog.com


    To my knowledge, no footage is circulating of Ken Shamrock’s TKO loss to Mike Bourke this past holiday weekend. That may not be such a bad thing.

    Eyewitnesses to the event in South Africa say Shamrock knocked Bourke down with a right before injuring his leg during a scramble; Bourke was declared the winner. Really, Bourke didn’t beat Shamrock so much as the accumulated wear of a nearly 20-year fight career did. Look inside his gym bag and you’ll probably find duct tape.

    Perversely, Shamrock’s low profile makes him the most high-profile example of a fighter who is hanging on long past the point of reason. There’s the 3-9 record of the past eight years, with only one of those wins -- against contemporary Kimo Leopoldo in 2004 -- having a shred of validity to it. In most of those losses, he was either TKOed or came close to it. Rumors of knee problems may be the reason why he’s barely worked a solid ground game in recent memory. It’s a brutal premise for an athletic career. Imagine Roy Jones hanging on with a crippled right hand.

    There are fans who take a very liberal approach to aging fighters: as adults, they should “do whatever they want.” But there’s probably a line that exists even for those permissive types. What’s too much? If he loses 12 fights by TKO? What about 15? What’s the threshold for intervention?

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  • Shamrock Wants to Write Own Ending By: Joe Myers



    Ken Shamrock (file photo): Chris Dela Cruz | Sherdog.com


    A legend in the sport of mixed martial arts, Ken Shamrock believes he has earned the right to determine how his story should end.

    Shamrock competed at the first UFC event in November 1993 and fought inside the Pancrase and Pride Fighting Championships organizations in Japan. The 46-year-old holds wins over Kimo Leopoldo (twice), Bas Rutten (twice), Masakatsu Funaki (twice), Dan Severn and Maurice Smith.

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  • Quick Quote: Shamrock Says UFC Mishandled James Toney By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Ken Shamrock during a recent episode of “The Savage Dog Show” on how the UFC promoted James Toney:

    “I believe they handled him wrong. I think that James Toney has earned the right to come into an organization, especially since he’s coming from boxing into MMA and taking a huge chance, that they should have matched him up with somebody that he at least would have had an opportunity to have success (against). They matched him up with a straight grappler. How in the world are you going to be able to have any success when you’re first coming into a new organization and a new industry that you have never, ever done before? Take away your (boxing) shoes and go in there and say, ‘OK, world champion of boxing, good luck.’”

    Shamrock suggested an alternative path for Toney, proposing a three-fight deal in which Toney would have met another striker in his UFC debut. (It should be noted that Toney has said he declined a fight with Kimbo Slice to take on Randy Couture, who easily submitted him in the first round.) Shamrock believes setting Toney up for success initially would have created much greater interest leading up to a bout against a more grappling-oriented fighter.

    “And then guess what?” Shamrock said. “Your buy rates go from being 900,000 to 1.5 or 2 million like boxing’s getting.”

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