Former UFC fighters, James Toney (I can’t believe I just typed that) and Ken Shamrock have recently announced that they will be fighting in a cage in the near future–within a 120 days according to promoters.
If this video from yesterday’s fight announcement is any indication of what is to come, I think we can expect some really old dudes taking one more shot at irrelevancy.
I don’t even know what to say at this point.
Listen, I’m not going to tell someone to not suport their family, or how to make their living, but the thought of James Toney fighting Ken Shamrock is just beyond silly to me. Ken Shamrock hasn’t had a legitimate win since 2004, and that’s if you consider Kimo Leopoldo a legit win. And the one and only time James Toney stepped into an MMA match, he spent all of the fight on his back, essentially submitting himself and at the same time, not managing a single punch. Enthralling stuff.
When James Toney isn’t using half of his cardio supply running his mouth, he uses elementary charades to sell a fight, such as said video shows. Also, how does a fighter with an 0-1 record manage to get a fight with a fighter sporting 28-15 record? I seem to remember the NSAC not sanctioning a rematch between Frank Mir and Tim Sylvia at one point for safety concerns.
I’m not saying a 67 year-old Ken Shamrock is a world-beater by any stretch of the imagination, but with the way James Toney looked in his last fight, half of Las Vegas could beat him in an MMA match, and “we’re talking about SAFETY man.”
Shout-out to Allen Iverson.
I mean, how did this fight even come about? Did two promoters meet at their local bar and go, “Hey, Steve, what is the worst possible fight we could put on? Relevancy completely ignored, of course.” “Well, geez Pete, I don’t know…Wait, I got it–how about James Toney vs. Ken Shamrock!” Perfection.
I’d rather see James Toney fight Muhammad Ali. Now. In 2011. At least it would be a match.
Oh, and the last time the MMA community heard from Ken Shamrock, he was admitting to steroid abuse. In the same interview, he then proceeded to throw all of MMA under the bus by estimating some ludicrous amount of fighters use PED’s. Ok, Ken. Even if the numbers are accurate, it all seems a little Jose Canseco-esque, yes?
But alas, I knew people would be interested, so, I give you this video. And in a way, it seems as if I’m no better than the promoters themselves. So when that eventual internet pay-per-view rolls around, and you decide to dump your hard earned $19.99 on James Toney vs. Ken Shamrock, you can thank me. Enjoy!
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