This past Friday night — in a fight that was nearly seven years in the making — MMA legend Ken Shamrock took on Kimbo Slice at Bellator 138, and, the finish of the fight — which was Kimbo Slice winning via KO — is being called into question by fans and fighters. Now, the finish of the fight is being called into question by stand up comedian, podcast host, and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.
Rogan said on his podcast Saturday night that the fight between Kimbo and Shamrock looked “fake as f**k,” and that there was plenty of things that he didn’t like about the fight, including the point in the fight where Kimbo and Shamrock were clinching in the center of the cage, with their mouths next to each other’s ear. He’s basically implying that they were telling each other what to do. In pro wrestling terms, he believes that they were calling spots.
“That fight looked fake as f**k. There’s a couple things I don’t like about that fight. I don’t like that clinch. That long clinch that they had when they were mouth to ear. They were mouth to each other’s ears for a long f***ing time.
When Ken did take Kimbo down he never hit him once. How bout that? He never hit him. He had him down. He had him flattened out. He’s not blasting him with punches. He’s got him flattened out and he’s not hitting him. That doesn’t make any sense.”
One thing that Kimbo Slice has lacked throughout his short MMA career is elite grappling skills, which is Shamrock’s strength. Many people believed that if Shamrock was going to win the fight, it would be via submission, and for good reason, as 23 of Shamrock’s 28 wins have come by way of submission.
At one point in the fight, Shamrock took Kimbo’s back, flattened him out, and attempted to sink in a rear-naked choke, which Kimbo was able to shake off. Rogan — who is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt — called that into question as well, saying that it pretty much looked like Shamrock didn’t want to sink in the choke.
“Shamrock never went behind the head. He choked Kimbo but he had it like on top of the head in some sort of weird way. It was disturbing to me how easy Kimbo shook Ken off his back. There was a lot of s**t I didn’t like about it.”
It’s likely that we’ll never know if the fight was truly fixed or not, but, the popular opinion is that it was, as Bellator wants to maintain Kimbo’s status as a big-money draw, and a loss to a 51-year-old Ken Shamrock may have hurt him, and made his name mean a lot less than if he knocked Shamrock out, which is exactly what he did.
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