will be the fourth man to face
"Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (Pictures)
when the two icons clash at
EliteXC’s third installment of “Saturday Night Fights” Oct. 4 at
the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The headlining bout will
anchor a live broadcast on CBS.
Sherdog.com confirmed the bout’s signing with multiple parties
aware of the fight, while a press release is expected to circulate
later today with the news.
The 44-year-old Shamrock (26-13-2) beat out fellow candidates
Gannon and Brett
Rogers (Pictures), who called out Slice in May, for
the coveted slot.
Shamrock, a 15-year veteran of the game who made his storied
Octagon debut at UFC 1 in November 1993, has dropped his last five
bouts in a row since 2005, including a lackluster showing against
brawler Robert Berry
(Pictures) at Cage Rage 25 last March.
However, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” exudes substantial
selling power for a match now only five and a half weeks away. A
strong personality in and out of the cage, Shamrock’s 15
appearances in the UFC earned him international recognition
alongside his original nemesis Royce Gracie
Slice (3-0) earned a third-round victory against Brit James
Thompson (Pictures) in his last foray for EliteXC in
May. The bout was much criticized for its questionable officiating,
placing Ferguson’s skill set in doubt after Thompson held the
advantage for sizable stretches of the 11-minute contest. Ferguson
holds previous wins over David "Tank"
Abbott (Pictures) and Bo Cantrell
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