Bellator: Kimbo Slice will fight Ken Shamrock on June 20

Kimbo Slice BoxingYep, you read that correctly. Former street brawler, TUF alum, and UFC veteran Kimbo Slice will finally face Ken Shamrock in the Bellator promotion June 20. The news was announced earlier today by ESPN and the bout will be at heavyweight.

The two fighters were supposed to fight in 2008, but Shamrock sustained a cut that forced him to withdraw from the bout at the 11th hour. Famously, UFC veteran Seth Petruzelli stepped in and knocked out the then undefeated Kimbo Slice in front of a huge national audience on CBS in the now defunct EliteXC promotion.

Shamrock (28-15-2) hasn’t fought in MMA since 2010, and nor has Slice (4-2) but he has had seven boxing matches in that time frame.

Slice said, “Ken [Shamrock], I owe you this a– whooping. No more running! No more hiding!”

“I am back,” Shamrock stated. “It’s good to be performing again for my fans. I feel great and my health is great. Age should never be a factor if an athlete is healthy, in great shape and has the drive to continue their sport. I will quit fighting when I want to.

“Kimbo Slice and I have some unfinished business. I am a fighter. That’s who I am.”

The event will take place inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and will air on SPIKE TV. Stay tuned to ProMMAnow.com for more news and coverage of this event.

Quotes transcribed by ESPN