It’s 2015 and Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie part three is actually going to happen.

On Friday night, during the broadcast of Bellator 145, Bellator President Scott Coker announced the mixed martial arts pioneers and UFC Hall of Famer will complete their long trilogy in the main event of Bellator 149 in February.

Shamrock and Gracie initially met at the inaugural UFC tournament at UFC 1 in 1993 and against UFC 5 in 1995.

In their initial meeting, it was Gracie who came out on top with a first-round rear-naked choke, one of the most iconic finishes in combat sports history.

Their second meeting ended in a draw after 36-minutes of action. While neither came out the winner, it was Shamrock who dominated the majority of the fight, leaving Gracie battered and bloodied at the end of the contest.

Shamrock (28-16-2) recently came out of retirement to face rival Kimbo Slice in June. Shamrock would end up suffering a first round knockout in his first bout in five years. Gracie (14-2-3), who holds the record for the most submission wins in UFC history, has not competed since his decision win over Kazushi Sakuraba in 2007.

Bellator 149 is scheduled to take place on Feb. 19 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. A heavyweight fight between Kimbo Slice and ‘Dada 5000′ will serve as the co-main event.

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