Shamrock to Headline KOTC’s African Debut

By Mike Whitman Nov 4, 2010
Ken Shamrock: Dave Mandel |

King of the Cage will add another continent to its list of places visited when the organization makes its African debut on Nov. 25.

KOTC “Platinum,” which goes down at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa, will be headlined by a heavyweight tilt between UFC Hall of Fame member Ken Shamrock and Mike “The Rhino” Bourke.

Once truly deserving of his “World's Most Dangerous Man” moniker, Shamrock has done it all in the world of mixed martial arts. A former King of Pancrase, Shamrock entered the realm of no holds barred in 1993, when he stepped into the first Ultimate Fighting Championship tournament, losing to Royce Gracie in his second fight of the evening. Shamrock's UFC career was far from over, however, as he would go on to defeat such notable competitors as Dan Severn, Kimo Leopoldo and Brian Johnston. The Lion's Den founder also made a run in Pride Fighting Championships, providing fans with one of the most memorable fights in the sport's history in a gutsy losing effort against Don Frye in 2002.

Shamrock has fallen on hard times since 2005, however, as he has lost six of his last eight bouts. The two victories in that span were a first-round armbar submission over belated super heavyweight Ross Clifton last year and a unanimous decision over journeyman heavyweight Johnathan Ivey last month.

Bourke is a KOTC veteran who began his career in 1999. Though “The Rhino” experienced mixed results earlier in his career, like Shamrock, he's been on a skid as of late. Bourke has lost eight of his last nine fights, not including a no-contest in May of 2005. He's shared the ring with several famous fighters, including David “Tank” Abbott and Alexander Otsuka.
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