Stop me if you’ve heard this one before but internet sensation turned legitimate MMA fighter Kimbo Slice has been booked to face MMA icon Ken Shamrock on an upcoming Bellator fight card in June. Bellator officials broke the news Thursday afternoon.

No you’ve haven’t stepped into a time warp. That is a real headline.

The two were originally scheduled to face on that ill fated ElitceXC card back in 2008 before Shamrock was forced to pull out the day of the fight after suffering a cut above his eye while warming up. Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, would go on to infamously lose by TKO to Shamrock’s replacement Seth Petruzelli just 14 seconds into their contest, which all but slammed the final nail into the coffin of EltieXC.

Since that night seven years ago, Slice (4-2) to rose even more prominence after an appearance on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter, followed by a brief run in the UFC. In his most recent bout, fans saw him on the receiving end of second round TKO to TUF castmate Matt Mitrione at UFC 113 in May 2010. Following the contest the UFC would part ways with Slice.

But Slice, a chance to finally put an end to the “What If” talk between himself and Shamrock is more than enough to come out of retirement.

“Ken Shedrack, I owe you this ass whooping,” Slice stated in a press relase. “No more running! No more hiding!”

Shamrock (28-15-2), a UFC Hall of Famer, would go onto compete just five more times after he was forced to pull of his fight against slice, picking up a 2-3 before going into semi-retirement. The 51-year-old has not competed since sufferinga hamstring injury in his loss Mike Bourke in 2010.

“I am back,” Shamrock stated. “It’s good to be performing again for my fans. I feel great, and my health is great. Age should never be a factor if an athlete is healthy, in great shape, and has the drive to continue their sport. I will quit fighting when I want to.

“Kimbo Slice and I have some unfinished business. I am a fighter – that’s who I am. Fighting has always invigorated me. Never give up.”

The entire card is expected to air live on Spike TV on June 20 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

“I remember how excited I was when this fight was originally announced, and how disappointed I was when it didn’t come to fruition at that time,” stated Bellator President Scott Coker.  “I’m very happy we were able to put this one together because I know these guys still have a lot of unfinished business to take care of, and when they do, it will be something special.”

 

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