Upon contacting EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw earlier this afternoon, FiveOuncesOfPain.com can confirm that a reported bout between Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Fergsuon vs. Ken Shamrock is set for the promotion’s next CBS telecast on Oct. 4.
When asked to comment on the reports, Shaw stated that the reports were accurate and that the bout is indeed official.
Sherdog.com was the first to break the news citing unnamed sources as revealing that the UFC Hall of Famer, Shamrock, had been chosen as the latest opponent for the former Internet street fighting sensation, Slice, during CBS and EliteXC’s next installment of its “Saturday Night Fights” franchise to emanate from BankAmerica Arena in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Upon learning of reports over the weekend that EliteXC could announce Slice’s opponent as early as today, we contacted Rodney Donohoo, the agent and attorney for Shamrock. Donohoo respectfully indicated that he could neither confirm or deny the report.
Before reports began to surface, we had also contacted Mike Reilly, the trainer and manager for Brett Rogers, who was believed to have been under consideration to fight Slice as well. Reilly stated a the time that while they believed they were in the mix, they were still awaiting word and that they had yet to receive a formal contract offer.
In response to an MMARated.com report that indicates that the Shamrock vs. Slice winner will face Rogers, Reilly later responded to a text message we sent by saying, “It’s all rumor and wishful thinking until it ain’t.”
The completed televised card for “Saturday Night Fights” on October 4 is now expected to consist of Jake Shields defending his EliteXC welterweight title vs. Paul Daley; Slice vs. Shamrock in a heavyweight bout; Gina Carano vs. Kelly Kobald-Gavin; and a middleweight fight between Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Benji Radach.
Shaw also confirmed that a match between Cris Cyborg and Yoko Takahashi is scheduled for Oct. 4 as well. The match could be televised, time permitting. If there is not enough time, EliteXC and CBS will try and show highlights of the fight during the telecast.
As of now, there are no plans to do a one-hour pre-show on SHOWTIME similar to what took place before the July 26 CBS show.