Report: Ken Shamrock vs. Michael Bisping at UFC 75

Loretta Hunt from The Fight Network is reporting that the UFC will officially announce that UFC 75 will be taking place in London on September 8 during a press conference today.

Hunt reports that two matches will be announced to the media. One will be a title unification match between UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton Jackson and Pride middleweight (205 lbs.) champ Dan Henderson.

The other match could feature the return of Ken Shamrock.

Yes, that Ken Shamrock.

His opponent?

How about TUF 3 light heavyweight tournament winner Michael Bisping.

The report acknowledges the fact that Bisping was originally scheduled to face Matt Hamill, and that even Ticketmaster was promoting the match. However, it would appear the temptation to allow a rising star like Bisping possibly add a win over a UFC legend to his resume is too good to ignore.

It had been reported several weeks ago that Ken Shamrock and his management had submitted a proposal to the UFC outlining a possible return, with a specific opponent in mind. It’s unknown if that opponent was Bisping.

Shamrock even went on TAGG Radio last week and informed the hosts that he was not retired (an announcement he had made following his last loss to Tito Ortiz).

I have mixed emotions about the potential announcement. I was a huge fan of the Shamrocks back in the day but both of them have sort of hurt their reputations during the course of the past few years. Ken’s showing on TUF 3 was disappointing and he really looked like a guy who held on too long after his two losses last year to Tito Ortiz.

Shamrock vs. Bisping could actually be a decent match even though Ken looked bad against Tito. Tito was a bad matchup for him because of his ground and pound style. It’s doubtful that Bisping will look to take the fight to the ground so a bout between Bisping vs. Shamrock won’t be as lopsided as Ortiz vs. Shamrock. However, in the end, I just don’t know if Ken’s style really works with today’s standard. It’s just kind of sad that instead of being treated like a legend, he’s become a guy who is brought in to lose to help boost the credibility of younger fighters. It’s another page straight out of pro wrestling.

5 COMMENTS
  • says:

    Ugh, why? I wasn’t that interested in seeing Bisping vs. Hamill, but Shamrock? C’mon, can’t we get someone at least half way legitimite still in the game? Obviously nothing is written in stone yet, but this seems like the wrong direction to me.

    Shamrock certainly is a legend and a big name but that’s really all he is right now from what I have seen. I was actually interested in seeing him fight a superfight or two on an IFL card, guess that isn’t happening it seems. I know Bisping isn’t known for his ground and pound like Tito is but he did punish Sinosic when he was on the ground for most of that 1st round. And Bisping is certainly a more dynamic striker then Tito is, I don’t see this fight going very well for Ken.

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  • says:

    It’s time the UFC stopped booking lopsided fights (for example, Sanchez vs. Robinson at UFC 72). There’s enough talent around for them to have competitive bouts instead of these “rising talent vs. legend/gatekeeper” fights where there’s no suspense as to who’s going to win. Like you, I’m a Ken Shamrock fan but let’s face it, none of his fights in the last few years have lasted more than 5 minutes and most of them have ended up with him being beaten to a pulp.

    If the UFC wants to build up Bisping as a star, they shouldn’t hurt his credibility by having him go against fighters way past their prime like Shamrock or journeymen like Sinosic. Think about Forrest Griffin. They threw him to the lions and booked him against Tito Ortiz almost immediately after he won the first TUF. Plus, it’s not as if the new UFC fans (who happen to be the majority of its audience anyway) will be fooled by any kind of marketing that portrays Shamrock as a legitimate threat. Unlike us who’ve been watching the UFC since almost the beginning, all they’ve seen of him are his losses to Ortiz and Franklin (or maybe even his KO loss to Sakuraba) and his disastrous coaching stint during TUF.

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  • says:

    Ken worked the Franklin fight for a big payday from Zuffa – he’ll be working the Bisping fight for an ever larger chunk of change I’m sure. I’m hoping Bisping makes contact before Ken throws himself backwards this time though.

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  • says:

    Yes, I was really impressed by the fake blood when Franklin was pummeling his face and the referee had to stop the fight. As I said, I am a Shamrock fan but let’s be objective. Franklin would beat Ken 10 out of 10 times. That wasn’t a worked match. Ken slipped twice and lost to a better fighter.

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  • says:

    ken will win this match because of his work ethics, conditioning, he has alot of reasons, for all the reasons he is fighting. a pay check yadayada, thats half the battle, know of a better way to live to be 100, get paid to train gods temple and see what kind of machine you’ve built byfrequently testing it out. you go out their and gitter dun ken. pheynix promotions & east county el cajon supports you bro’.
    later, craigerator

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