Shamrock explains ‘infamous cut’ that prevented bout with Kimbo

Sunday, March 25, 2012

“We never got an opportunity to straighten that out, but it wasn’t like it wasn’t going to get straightened out,” he said.

Asked if he would have fought had it not been straightened out, Shamrock didn’t need to hear the entire question.

“Absolutely,” he said.

Some of the rumors came from people inside the company, lending credence to what was said. But Shamrock said that was a byproduct of the anger from many because the fight wasn’t happening.

“I was upset, obviously,” he said. “It’s Kimbo Slice, for God’s sakes. How hard is that going to be? And that’s exactly what I said. I said, ‘It ain’t going to take long. He’s going to go to the ground and the fight’s over.’ Basically that was my case to them, but they came back and said it wasn’t going to happen.”

Shamrock said that in the aftermath, he was surprised with the blowback he was receiving, and the accusations that were flying his way, as if the previous years of his career suddenly counted for nothing.

The entirety of the situation made it difficult to digest.

“I don’t understand some of the comments that were made,” he said. “I mean, who am I? Who is this Ken Shamrock, all of the sudden that cut himself? Who is this guy who went into the ring fearless for 13, 15, 20 years, would fight anybody… all of the sudden he’s changed?”

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