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Chip off the Ol’ Block: EliteXC Signs Ken and Ryan Shamrock

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Ken Shamrock is emerging from his unofficial retirement, and he’s bringing his son Ryan with him.

Elite Xtreme Combat, a California-based MMA organization that airs on Showtime, today announced that the promotion signed both 43-year-old Ken Shamrock (26-12-2) and the his 19-year-old son Ryan (1-0) to multi-fight deals.

Terms of the fighters’ deals were not disclosed.

Additionally, EliteXC announced that both fighters will be part in a March 8 event in London, England. “EliteXC Presents: Cage 25” takes place at Wembley Arena. (ProElite Inc., EliteXC’s parent company, recently purchased the U.K.-based Cage Rage organization.)

Ken, one of the first inductees into the UFC Hall of Fame, has been fighting professionally for nearly 14 years and competed in the very first UFC event. The submission specialist left the UFC for six years but ultimately returned to fight Tito Ortiz and then to coach a team on “The Ultimate Fighter 3.” He’s since severed ties with the UFC, and in an explosive interview with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) back in October, he claimed that UFC President Dana White forced him into retirement and that he never intended to quit fighting.

Ryan, a 135-pound fighter, made his MMA debut back in August and defeated 31-year-old (and fellow UFC newcomer) Josh Besneatte with a first-round submission at an event produced by his father’s fight organization. The fight is available at YouTube.

http://mmajunkie.com/2008/01/14/chip-off-the-ol-block-elitexc-signs-ken-and-ryan-shamrock/

Post #1   1/14/08 9:20:02PM   

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Ken..................why? Swallow your Pride and realize what you have done for the sport and take it for what it is. You are a UFC hall of famer, but your time is up. You were there in the when it all started, you made a statement that you *were* one of the best but it's over man just let it go. People are gonna still respect you for what you've done.

I know it kinda sounded like I was talking to Ken direct but it just sounded good in my head.

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Posted by Daddyprimetime

Ken..................why? Swallow your Pride and realize what you have done for the sport and take it for what it is. You are a UFC hall of famer, but your time is up. You were there in the when it all started, you made a statement that you *were* one of the best but it's over man just let it go. People are gonna still respect you for what you've done.

I know it kinda sounded like I was talking to Ken direct but it just sounded good in my head.



Him and Frank are probably going to fight.

Post #3   1/15/08 1:24:11AM   

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Posted by Daddyprimetime

Ken..................why? Swallow your Pride and realize what you have done for the sport and take it for what it is. You are a UFC hall of famer, but your time is up. You were there in the when it all started, you made a statement that you *were* one of the best but it's over man just let it go. People are gonna still respect you for what you've done.

I know it kinda sounded like I was talking to Ken direct but it just sounded good in my head.



i agree with you 100%. He Was one of the best in the sport. people will still respect him, and still hate him. its time to just stop fighting before somone seriously smashes his skull in and he wont be able to walk or talk anymore.

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Wow... Great move Eliete XC. We will soon be getting cards highlighted By Tank Abbott and Ken Shamrock. Truly the best fighters in the world.

Eliete XC has honestly left me saying WTF in the last month.

Post #5   1/15/08 7:56:38AM   

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I think Elite is in the "Hyundai" or "Kia" stage of the business cycle lol. Produce low end stuff in the beginning in hopes to one day compete with bigger names. For now signing old dudes that still have a little name recognition is all they can do to draw people in to the unknown talent they may or may not have lol. They have Frank, and thats probably one of the only reasons why I watch, plus I can get it without paying $6387647 dollars. Time will tell if Elite can go past the stage they are now and become a real place for top level talent...

Ken and Frank will be happening sometime in 2009 according to Frank's website

might as well milk the gas tank while there is still an ounce in it i guess...

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yea i mean ken is washed up but i mean llok at cotoure 44 and strong theres no reason ken cant be like that its unlikley but chances are....

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Posted by Smd277

yea i mean ken is washed up but i mean llok at cotoure 44 and strong theres no reason ken cant be like that its unlikley but chances are....



Couture is an absolute freak and is in a different class of talent than Ken is in. Ken was good back in his hay day, but Couture's time hasn't stopped yet. That's why Randy is still very successful as a fighter and Ken is struggling.

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While I question Kens ability to comeback,I must say I honestly believe it really just depends on what opponents they put him against.He lost to Tito 3x,Sakuraba,and lost a split decision against Don Frye.So I must admitt,I would want to see him fight someone more along his calibure again before I say he's over just yet.that being said,Frank will be a bad,bad,match for Ken.Unless Frank looks at this more as an exhibition,and takes it easy,I see Ken getting beat bad.

Despite getting beat by Tito badly,Ken,if my information is correct,made the UFC a lot of money with those fights.If anything,Shamrock will probably bring in the cash for Elite XC.

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Come on guys. I rather see Ken in another role. He's very good at hyping a fight. But honestly, Ken couldn't beat most mid ranged fighters at this point.

Post #10   1/15/08 10:26:18PM