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Shaw confirms Slice vs. Shamrock for Oct. 4 (UPDATED)

Upon contacting EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw earlier this afternoon, can confirm that a reported bout between Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Fergsuon vs. Ken Shamrock is set for the promotion’s next CBS telecast on Oct. 4.

When asked to comment on the reports, Shaw stated that the reports were accurate and that the bout is indeed official. was the first to break the news citing unnamed sources as revealing that the UFC Hall of Famer, Shamrock, had been chosen as the latest opponent for the former Internet street fighting sensation, Slice, during CBS and EliteXC’s next installment of its “Saturday Night Fights” franchise to emanate from BankAmerica Arena in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Upon learning of reports over the weekend that EliteXC could announce Slice’s opponent as early as today, we contacted Rodney Donohoo, the agent and attorney for Shamrock. Donohoo respectfully indicated that he could neither confirm or deny the report.

Before reports began to surface, we had also contacted Mike Reilly, the trainer and manager for Brett Rogers, who was believed to have been under consideration to fight Slice as well. Reilly stated a the time that while they believed they were in the mix, they were still awaiting word and that they had yet to receive a formal contract offer.

In response to an report that indicates that the Shamrock vs. Slice winner will face Rogers, Reilly later responded to a text message we sent by saying, “It’s all rumor and wishful thinking until it ain’t.”

The completed televised card for “Saturday Night Fights” on October 4 is now expected to consist of Jake Shields defending his EliteXC welterweight title vs. Paul Daley; Slice vs. Shamrock in a heavyweight bout; Gina Carano vs. Kelly Kobald-Gavin; and a middleweight fight between Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Benji Radach.

Shaw also confirmed that a match between Cris Cyborg and Yoko Takahashi is scheduled for Oct. 4 as well. The match could be televised, time permitting. If there is not enough time, EliteXC and CBS will try and show highlights of the fight during the telecast.

As of now, there are no plans to do a one-hour pre-show on SHOWTIME similar to what took place before the July 26 CBS show.

  • William W. says:

    Sounds like they listened to Sam Caplan on this one. Good job as I think this is the best match up to draw ratings. Plus, who else can say they fought Ken in their fourth pro match?

    Also, for everyone who is (inevitably) going to bitch about this fight, remember the UFC used Ken just the same to build their golden boy Rich Franklin. So don’t blame EliteXC on solely exploiting Shamrock.

  • charles says:

    Well, I guess this would be his first real test. Even if Ken is WAY PAST his prime

  • matt says:

    I really want Ken to roll into a knee bar. That’d be hilarious.

  • j says:

    This is good matchmaking for EliteXC and the casual fan but it will not be popular will hardcore fans who will bitch and complain but ultimately watch.

  • bcolflesh says:

    Ken will run forward in to a “punch” that “KOs” him – he will bitterly complain that it was stopped to soon and do a little campaigning for a rematch before shaking Kimbo’s hand and heading to the after party unscathed.

  • 209 says:

    Didn’t Ken retire about 20 years ago? Oh no… he should have retired about 20 years ago. Usually the old guys has a punchers chance… this time I think Ken has a submission chance. LMFAO at Ken being the heavyweight champion in Elite XC. Circus you say?

  • ihateemo says:

    “This is good matchmaking for EliteXC and the casual fan but it will not be popular will hardcore fans who will bitch and complain but ultimately watch.”

    So basically it’s a win-win situation!

  • ufcfan says:

    it’s free so i’ll watch it…

    but please lord let this be the show that finishes elite xc…

    then perhaps we can see their talent (well those that have talent)
    flourish in the UFC, Japan or Affliction (assuming they hang about for
    more than a few shows).

  • jason says:

    elite xc never ceases to amaze me. i wish they would let brent rogers knock the bum out instead.

  • Maybe with an eight second main event we’ll get some prelims!

  • warcry says:

    This is so risky for Elite. If a Ken wins what are they gonna do? Who in the hell wants to see Ken vs. Brett Rogers. Hopefully Kimbo beats the brakes off of Shamrock, but if not that might be a wrap for EliteXc

  • finkrod says:

    Could be interesting, or as interesting as something like this can be. I guess as long as Ken can close the distance quickly and secure the takedown, he might survive. But with the way his lucks been running, he’ll get cought shooting in and get put to sleep. I’d LOVE to see him get Kimbo to the ground. But with the amount of weight he’s gonna be giving away I doubt he’ll have quite as easy a time keeping him there as Thompson did. But of course he’ll be about 5000% better able to capitolize on the time he DOES have.

  • […] Shaw of EliteXC has confirmed to 5 Oz of Pain’s Sam Caplan that this fight is indeed official. […]

  • Mario says:

    This is a joke for hardcore mma fans. For the casual fan, this is a great match up!

  • BadMonkey says:

    Somehow I think Ken will have a ‘gameplan’ in place before the fight that will guarantee a Kimbo victory.

    And William W., it’s ridiculous to compare Rich Franklin fighting Ken when Shamrock was still considered a dangerous fighter to what EliteXC is doing now. Franklin was a real talent on the rise when he fought Ken. EliteXC is only using Ken now to try and build Kimbo’s credibility, even when all the hardcore fans know that Shamrock is a good decade past his prime.

    And yeah, it’s really going to fuck EliteXC if Ken pulls a leg lock sub out and taps Kimbo.

  • Evan says:

    I will watch because its MMA and I am a sheep but this hold zero interest to me. If this is the best they can do then perhaps its best if they fold.

  • MacBatty says:

    Kimbo wins Round one Min one…Ken says after the fight that he is Done and then comes back 6 mos later to fight his brother….

  • Mikey GIlz says:

    In a word…. Entertainment.

    I consider myself a “hardcore” fan. And I can’t wait to see this. We all saw that Kimbo has ZERO ground game in his fight against Thompson. Shamrock may be a dozen years past his prime, but he’s still got that residual wrestler ability that will manhandle Kimbo once it’s off the feet. Call me crazy, but I see a contreversial referree stoppage with Ken Shamrock taking the TKO.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Ken has very little chin these days, so if he can’t take Kimbo down quickly, it’s nap time for Ken. By the way, doesn’t he have bad knees, or is that Frank? If Ken’s knees are shot, how does he get it to the ground?

  • patrick says:

    Yeah Shamrock has only lost 8 of his last 10 fights and hasn’t won a fight in over two years! Sweet deal for Kimbo looks like. I just wish they would take the training wheels off Kimbo once and for all. No one is ever going to know if this guy is the “real deal” until he fights a FOR REAL contender. Match-ups like these make me respect the UFC even more because they could have gone this route with Brock Lesnar but they didn’t. I agree with Evan this fight holds ZERO interest for me but I’ll watch.

  • HexRei says:

    Yeah! I was really hoping for this fight, I think Ken will have a serious advantage on the ground here, and his training for this fight should be all about defense on the feet and takedowns, both from the clinch and shoots. If he tries to brawl he WILL get KO’ed so for gods sake I hope he busts his ass on sub training and exposes kimbo.

  • Nate says:

    I am not a big Kimbo fan, but I in favor of anything (legal) that generates more interest into this sport. Few people have done that more than Kimbo Slice.

    That said, this is a phenomenal match-up choice. I am extremely impressed every matchup they have had for him. Tank Abbot was great character match-up, James Thompson is a known can & dufus but technically a younger “real” MMA fighter, and Shamrock is a retard who should have retired but is a legend in the sport.

    Kudos to the guy doing match-ups.

  • finkrod says:

    I just hope we don’t get the same fishy stand-ups from the ref. That would be a frigging disaster for Ken.

  • aaronb says:

    Does being a “hardcore fan” man you have to sniff Dana White’s bikini briefs, and root for all other promotions to fail? Far too often that seems to be the criteria.

  • aaronb says:


  • Handover Fist says:

    Tank Abott and now Ken Shamrock…. what’s next Dan Severn or maybe Maurice Smith?

  • Nuge says:

    This is a smart move for elitexc to build up their cash cow, Kimbo. No way is Kimbo ready for Bret Rogers and Sean Gannon wants too much money to get KO’d. If Shamrock fights anything like he did in his last fight against “Buzz” Berry, this should be a cakewalk for Kimbo. I hope this fight will retire Ken Shamrock for good this time.

  • MacBatty says:

    FINALLY SOMEONE SAID IT…I am so with aaronb…..Good Call Buddy

  • Jesse says:

    Hooray! Let’s all root for the demise of an MMA organization that’s not the UFC so we can see their talent end up fighting once a year for $55!!! Whoopeee!!

    What the hell is a hardcore fan anyway? It’s all semantics.

    You’ll watch it and deep down inside you’ll like it because it’s two grown men punching each other in the face. Is that hardcore enough?

    Slice by 2nd rd TKO stoppage.

  • dsid says:

    After this Kimbo will fight Dan Severn, or maybe Keith Hackney if Severn is considered too dangerous still (that is, he can still walk without a cane). Didn’t Patrick Smith fight not too long ago? Maybe they can pull him out of the mothballs and set up another tomato can for Kimbo. lol

  • TheSomberlain says:

    Wow. Like a bloody trainwreck. Im guessing Elite XC wont let Ken drain his cauliflower ear before the fight either.

  • Rich S. says:

    oh no..
    man, this is horrible..

    not necessarily a horrible match-up.. just.. horrible for Ken’s health and well-being..

    here’s how i see it..
    if you can’t beat Buzz freakin’ Berry.. how the hell do you beat Kimbo??
    you don’t..

    of course, Shammy could get it to the ground, and work for a sub, or some GnP..

    but i mean, look at the Berry fight.. anybody catch the punch that put Shammy down? No, you didn’t.. because no punch put Shammy down.. he just.. fell.. i attempted ONE takedown through-out the entire fight, it failed, and he continued to strike with a seemingly superior striker..

    unless Shammy decides to go back to his good-ole days and start working on takedowns and wild sub’s again, i’m totally confident that he will get knocked out..

    i don’t want that, i don’t think anyone wants that.. but, we might get that..

    who knows, though.. Shammy could win in 30 sec. with an RNC or something..

  • Johnny Lawrence says:

    aaronb, I’m a hardcore fan…and dana’s briefs smell like roses, FYI.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    So, who WON’T be watching this fight?
    Man, I can’t wait ,’cause Ah loves me a spectacle fight for free.!!!!

  • stevefiji says:

    Great matchup. If kimbo wins…He’s buys himself another 4-5 months of harcore training with Bas…and Elite lives to promote another day. In fact,this is smart for all parties. If Frank wins he is relevant again to fight his bro for a maybe a PPV payday and Elite has a piece of it.

  • rob says:

    what’s the problem with Kimbo/Ken – maybe EliteXC can get some cash to survive – face it Kimbo=ratings because the “hardcore” and “casual” fan can watch – not a fan of Mauro what anyone else wonder what Frank’s going to say about Ken? and aaronb – Amen brother! The more MMA that I can watch (free/PPV/on youtube) the better – who cares about the banner or production values for that matter – if you love watching the fights then you can watch them w/o sound – sometimes the play by play ruins your perspective and you miss who REALLY wins – – I’ll be tuning in – and so will 99% of all of y’all – –

  • Mikey GIlz says:

    To AaronB

    Rather than argue an anonymous poster on this site….. i’ll just point out a few flaws in your post.

    1. I never mentioned Dana White or the UFC
    2. I never said I wanted EliteXC to fail, or even mentioned EliteXC at all.
    3. Aside from from my grammatical murder of the word “Controversial” you have really nothing to tear apart about my statement. It’s an opinion.
    4. Whaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
    5. I actually complimented the fight and said I couldn’t wait to watch it.
    6. I complimented a fighter on his ability, and criticized another for his.
    7. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    9. I made points about the topic of the post.
    10. Several other comments do exactly what you accused me of doing. Why not go after them?
    11. Did you even notice i skipped 8?
    12. I sure do enjoy a good ol fashioned internet shit talker, Ask yourself this question seriously…… How many times have you responded 14/F to an ASL check? Be honest with us, but more importantly, be honest with yourself.

  • Patrick says:

    EliteXC is a farce.

  • maddog says:

    hardcore fan means you love mma. good mma is better than bad mma. i would love for all promotions to succeed but ufc is ahead of the others by a great distance. kimbo is a freak show and if shamrock beats him he will turn into a grease fire. if the ufc #1 gets beat it isn’t even a hiccup. WHEN kimbo gets heal hooked elite xc best draw is a tough babe. i guess i sniff danas briefs because the best fights are in the ufc. if you can afford the next ufc pay per view you should try smelling dana briefs- thy smell better than jared shaws.

  • fightfan says:

    Circus sideshow freakism at its finest. This is worst than the WWE. While it is NOT scripted, it is the desired outcome taht comes the closest to a fight????

    I mean really was Butterbean too busy or was Dan Severn celebrating his 55th birthday?? Because you know Slice ONLY fights guys OVER THE HILL and usually in the 40’s that HAVENT BEEN a threat for at LEAST 10 years!!!!

    WWE-ish because WE KNOW who is going to win, WE KNOW how, but they POORLY mask it a a fight. Sure it will draw ratings and people will watch….BUT I ALSO watched in hgih school when this 6’4″ guy that fought everyday, fought a weaker, smaller guy that had no CHANCE.

  • fightfan says:

    And if the commision ACTUALLY grants Shamrock his license to get crippled(fight) that will also be a crime. How, in their right mind could they grant Shamrock a license????

  • SteveXtreme says:

    I’m praying for an over the top ankle lock submission from Shamrock that simultaneously ends Kimbo and Elite XC’s career. Then maybe he’ll retire on a good note.

  • Cathedron says:

    Smart move for EliteXC. It’s most likely a high profile win for Kimbo, but even if somehow Ken wins, it doesn’t look too bad to say that Kimbo lost to a legend.

  • Neil says:

    This is going to go one of two ways…

    1) Kimbo KOs Shamrock, and EliteXC’s goldenboy gets another has-been notable notch in his belt.

    2) Shamrock submits Slice. The goldenboy that was being groomed took a loss to a has-been; they’ve got a has-been who beat what they wanted to be their marquee fighter who has a win, but is otherwise useless.

    Either way it’s fine for me. If nothing else, Slice is good for some of that good ol’ fashion freak-show feel that I’m missing from my Pride diet, and if Shamrock wins I get a good giggle at the expense of EliteXC. Win-win baby!

  • Simon says:

    Thats bullshit that Sherdog first broke the news about Kimbo and Ken. I seen it on mmalinker 2 nights ago…That’s the problem with Sherdog, It was created by a fat assed couch potato that thinks his shit his better than everyone else’s…pathetic for claiming they broke the story first

  • They need to give Slice some better matches than this one. Does Shaw have a back room deal to loose this fight? It would be funny if Ken beat Kimbo down.

  • ragefightingwear says:

    on other mma sights we made fun of this fight and Elite XC. We will leave it at this.

    Elite XC will not be around 6 months from now. They simply refuse to listen to ther mma fan base, and put a quality mma show on. They seriously need to let somone save what they have, for the fighters sake and all pure hardcore mma fans.

  • warcry says:

    We all know what Ken’s strategy for this fight will be. We’ve heard it before. “Let the bully come, tire him out and take advantage. Ask Tito how that turned out.

  • king mah mah says:

    Yeah, I really hope Shamrock wins! That would be hilarious! Shamrock by ko baby! Worlds most Dangerous Man! Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!!!

  • RedSweat says:

    Kimbo’s next fight was just announced. Kimbo vs Joseph “The Ho Bag” Bochenek. It should be a great match up, Bochenek is 0-10.

  • Shamrock VS. Franklin being compared to this match-up? That fight was like 4 yrs ago when Franklin was on the way up and Shamrock was at least able to walk under his own power and btw was in shape!!! Didn’t that fight take place @ 185? And Shamrock is ab out to fight @ 230 lbs or so. That tells u one thing outta shape lookin for a paycheck! I luv Shamrock but please just go away!!! Slice is a joke! Fight Rogers!

  • islandguy says:

    I don’t know what makes this less of a freak show than Kimbo vs Gannon. It will not be a good fight. It’s just two names. Really shooting themselves in the foot with this one. Say what you want about the UFC but they book real fights not freak shows like this.

  • Damo says:

    I’d love to see Kenny boy upset the hype train.

    Just for kicks.

  • JJ Docker says:

    I can’t see Shamrocks glass jaw lasting outside the first round in this fight. Thing is I CAN see Shamrock trying to duke it out on the feet with Kimbo through arrogance and dillusion that he has better hands than him. Kimbo’s hands aren’t amazing but he will catch Ken and quickly if they exchange. I would love to see Shamrock bullrush Kimbo against the fence, trip him to the floor into side then mount and finish by TKO or spinning kneebar ala him vs Rutten. But its false hope; Kimbo 1st round TKO. They have to hand his ass to Rogers after this..

  • CrazyMike says:

    What a position this fight leaves me in. Do I cheer for Shamrock to do what EliteXC clearly thinks he can’t, or do I cheer for Kimbo to knock Shamrock into retirement?

    It’s just too bad there isn’t some way both outcomes could happen. Now THAT would be win/win

  • HexRei says:

    # traingleman on August 26th, 2008 5:53 am

    Shamrock VS. Franklin being compared to this match-up? That fight was like 4 yrs ago when Franklin was on the way up and Shamrock was at least able to walk under his own power and btw was in shape!!! Didn’t that fight take place @ 185? And Shamrock is ab out to fight @ 230 lbs or so. That tells u one thing outta shape lookin for a paycheck! I luv Shamrock but please just go away!!! Slice is a joke! Fight Rogers!

    No, it was Franklin’s last fight at 205 before dropping to MW, and according to shamrock his body is in better shape than 4 years ago because he’s finally taken the time off of fighting to let all his injuries heal.
    The point of this fight is all the buzz it generates, and lookie lookie its already working. Personally I can’t wait for this fight, although I don’t see it going well for shammy.

  • jack says:

    Shamrocks chin is shot….in his prime he would of beat kimo hands down. Kimos gonna hit him with a light punch and kens gonna fall….Ortiz is a lousy puncher and he KO’d ken

  • Damo says:

    Hex – he got his ass handed to him back in March at Cage Rage.

    Apart from the layoff after the Tito fight (which is scarcely 18 months) I think his ‘taking a rest’ is all smoke and mirrors.

    Sadly, he’ll get his ass handed to him yet again.

    I can’t stand people tarnishing their legacy by coming back.

  • Sadly…. I dont want to see this fight.
    in the Shamrock vs Tito fights…. sad to say but Shamrock was NOT THE DRAW.

    I watched that Shamrock vs Berry fight last night on showtime and shamrock must have laid a lot of money down on Berry because he 100% took a dive.

    Kimbo by KO 15 seconds round 1

  • Jon says:

    I am hoping Ken wins, only because I am not buying into the Kimbo hype. With Ken’s latest records though, he is either not good anymore or they are clearly paying him to lose. Would it really surprise you if you found out that Shamrock was paid to take a loss? Before people start bashing, saying that I am defending Shamrock, I am not. It is clear that he is past his prime and needs to finally “hang it up”. I just want to see someone end the hype that Kimbo is this perfect unstoppable fighter.


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