Kimbo Slice finally has an opponent for his return to the sport of MMA, according to ESPN. Slice will face off against Ken Shamrock in a fight more than six years in the making. The Bellator fight will take place on June 20, 2015 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Slice vs. Shamrock was originally set to take place under the EliteXC banner on October 4, 2008 at EliteXC: Heat in Sunrise, Florida at the BankAtlantic Center. However, Shamrock backed out due to a last minute injury and was replaced by Seth Petruzelli in the main event.
Petruzelli was originally set for a light heavyweight bout against Aaron Rosa on the undercard. Kimbo was the heavy favorite, but was upset by Petruzelli in a knockout win only 14 seconds into the fight. It was the last card for EliteXC.
Slice, 41, is 4-2 as a professional MMA fighter, but is only 1-2 over his last three bouts and has not fought inside a cage since May 8, 2010 at UFC 113 in a loss to Matt Mitrione. Since his last MMA fight, Kimbo went 7-0 as a professional boxer.
Shamrock, 51, never officially retired from fighting and confirmed on Thursday he signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator. He last fought November 25, 2010 for King of the Cage. The former UFC veteran holds a 28-15-2 professional MMA record, but has posted only a 2-7 record over his last nine fights.
The records, age and length of time out of the sport does not scream main event, but the fighters featured in the bout does. Although may will complain that this is a marketing stunt, most of those who will complain will tune-in and watch this fight.