Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock: Preview and pick

Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock: Preview and pick

Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock: Preview and pick
By STAN LEUNG

Elite XC: Heat Saturday Night Fights 3
Sunday Oct. 8 2008, 9 p.m. ET
Kimbo Slice (-400) vs. Ken Shamrock

As a mixed martial arts purist I really want Ken Shamrock (26-13-2) to beat Kimbo Slice (3-0). However, Ken Shamrock is now 44 years old and has been knocked out in his last five fights, while winning only two of his last nine trips to the octagon. The Ken Shamrock of 1995 would have made mincemeat out of Kimbo but that was along time ago and EliteXC is just looking for a big name to legitimize Kimbo Slice (also known as Kevin Ferguson).

Shamrock is barley a heavyweight and only hovering at around 205 he will be outweighed by close to 40 pounds. The Shamrock of old would have taken Kimbo down and gotten a hell hook Patrick Smith style, but he is not the same fighter as he once was. Can Ken do it in 2008? He still has all the skill to submit anyone in the world - the problem is Ken never has a game plan and his ego get the best of him.

I do believe that Ken can still submit Kimbo if this fight goes to the ground but Kimbo is a vicious striker that is always pushing forward. Many people think Kimbo is just a brawler with big power, but he's smart and a good technical striker. Kimbo sets up his strikes with jabs, uppercuts and body blows before he swings for the fences. Against his last opponent, Josh Thompson, Slice landed 12 out of 14 body blows, landed three of nine jabs and 12 of 25 power head shots - so his distribution of strikes is not only powerful but accurate. 

Slice's striking is going to drop Shamrock within the first couple of minutes of the fight. Kimbo’s strikes are just too fast and too powerful for Shamrock to deflect all of them. One will hit and one will land. Shamrock has never fought a fighter as big as Kimbo and his power will be just too much.

Ken Shamrock is a very good grappler and that's obviously his key to victory. He needs to shoot in with takedowns and will need to eat some punches to do that. Keep in mind that Shamrock is slower and older at 44. He needs to shoot in low and get Kimbo on his back to look for a leg lock - Shamrock's best submissions.

I would love to say that Shamrock will win this fight but he hasn't been a factor in mixed martial arts since 2000. He hasn't improved his game and he has been in too many wars and taken too much damage over the years. If Shamrock tries to stick to a game plan and take Kimbo down he does have a shot. But Slice has obviously worked on his sprawl with Bas Rutten and having such a large body sprawl will nullify any shoot attempts from Shamrock. I don’t see Shamrock being able to get a single-leg or double-leg takedown in this fight.

To bet on this fight for Kimbo at -400 might be a little too steep but it's hard to pass up if you have the funds to take the bet. In recent years Shamrock has been KO’ed by people that are not known for striking like Kazushi Sakuraba at PRIDE 30 and most recently Robert Berry at Cage Rage. If those fighters can knock him out what chance does he have versus a heavy striker like Kimbo?

The weight and strength of Kimbo, combined with Shamrock's age and his unwillingness to follow a game plan are his downfalls. His last submission victory was almost seven years ago against Sam Adkins and MMA fighting has evolved so much since then while Shamrock hasn’t.

Look for Kimbo to win late in the first round by KO.

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Petruzelli stuns EliteXC with win against Kimbo
by John Buhl, InsideFighting.com

Seth Petruzelli walked into EliteXC's Saturday Night Fights expecting to fight on the undercard, but walked out with a brutal TKO win over one of the sports biggest celebrities — Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson — on national television.

With Ken Shamrock forced to back out of the main event due to a cut sustained earlier in the day, Petruzelli entered the main event on the shortest of notice and needed just 14 seconds to knock out Slice.

Kimbo (3-1, Miami, Fla.) closed the distance on Petruzelli (11-4, Orlando, Fla.) at the start, but Petruzelli followed up a front kick and a short right that stunned Kimbo and sent him to the ground. Petruzelli, a UFC veteran and former participant on "The Ultimate Fighter 2" television show, pounced immediately with a barrage of punches that forced the referee to step in to protect the defenseless Slice.

After the fight, Petruzelli, visibly excited by the high profile win, was respectful to Kimbo for accepting the fight with no time to prepare for the change in opponents.

"Honestly, man, it was a crappy situation for both of us," Petruzelli said.

Arlovski and Shields overcome tough challenges

Meanwhile, Arlovski (14-5; Chicago, Ill.) survived a strong start from former IFL champion Roy Nelson (13-3; Las Vegas, Nev.) to earn a second round TKO.

Nelson got the clinch early on and back Arlovski into the fence. Arlovski went for a trip, but Nelson countered and got the top position, ultimately getting side control.

Although the action slowed, Nelson was in a dominant cross side position, landing knees to the body and looking for an arm lock when the referee chose to stand the fighters back up.

From there, Arlovski's strategy of kicking the pudgy Nelson's front leg and throwing combos started to pay off. During a flurry of strikes, Arlovski followed a leg kick with an uppercut and straight right that dropped Nelson at 3:14 of round two.

Shields (22-4-1; San Franciso, Calif.) had to reach pretty deep into his bag of tricks to get a second round submission over Paul Daley (Nottingham, England; 18-7-1), in stark contrast to his title winning effort against Nick Thompson, which only required one minute of action.

As expected, Daley showed strong striking skills and an effective sprawl that defended a number of attempted takedowns by Shields.

Later in the first round, Shields followed up a short punch with a single leg takedown and quickly passed Daley's guard. Shields delivered a methodical series of punches and elbows before trying an armbar, which Daley used to reverse and gain top position.

The action was the same in round two, with Shields again getting the mount. Shields set up for the armbar more than once and finally sunk in the maneuver in the middle of the cage. With the submission fully extended, Daley tapped out at the 3:47 mark of the second round.

Shields later said he would be willing to fight at middleweight.

"I wouldn't mind going up to 185 and challenging for two belts," he said.

Carano and Radach victorious

In other televised action, the most recognizable female fighter in the world, Gina Carano (7-0), held off a game but outmatched Kelly Kobold (16-3) en route to a unanimous decision victory, potentially setting up a long-awaited match against Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos.

As expected, Kobold almost immediately moved in looking for a takedown. But as hard as Kobold pushed Carano to the fence trying to get the fight to the ground, Carano was just as relentless resisting the takedown attempts.

Ultimately, Carano controlled the action, only ending up on her back near the end of the second round. Carano spent much of the fight utilizing her reach and polished Muay Thai skills, peppering Kobold with a number of hard punches, knees and kicks throughout all three rounds. All three judges scored the bout for Carano, with two scores of 30-27 and one score of 29-28.

After the fight, Carano said Kobold was her toughest fight to date. Asked whether Cyborg could be next, she replied, "If that's what they put in front of me."

If Carano does fight Cyborg, it may not be at 140 pounds.

"I'm going to have to reevalute if I'm going to stay at 140," Carano said during a prefight interview.

Carano had failed to make weight in several previous fights, and although she eventually made weight for the Kobold bout, she needed more than one attempt on the scale and had to shed all of her clothes to reach 141 pounds.

In a back and forth battle between two high-level middleweight veterans, Benji Radach (19-4) moved into title contention with a second round TKO win over Murilo "Ninja" Rua (16-9-1).

Radach didn't waste any time going after Rua, backing up the Brazilian with a flurry that included a lunging left hook and right uppercut that put Rua on his knees. But even though Rua looked wobbled, he returned fire and rocked Radach with punches of his own.

The first round ended with the exhausted fighters jockeying for position on the ground and Rua going for multiple heel hook attempts.

Rua mixed up his strikes more in the second, landing leg kicks and trying several knees, while Radach stuck with his boxing.

Rua later pushed Radach back to the cage and attempted a knee but lost his balance and fell to his back. Radach immediately pounced, landing several right hands to the chin of Rua that forced the referee to stop the fight at the 2:31 mark.

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I say Kimbo beats that ass

Kimbo TKOd by no-name in 14 seconds  yikes


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WTF?

Why would he even agree to fight this clown in the first place at the last minute.

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WTF?

Why would he even agree to fight this clown in the first place at the last minute.

Fight was on CBS in prime time and they had to do something I guess,every thing I read they were already on life support and this will probably kill them off.

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Bad move on his part, now he has another loss and nothing to show for it. Foolish

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