UFC President Dana White was asked in his Q&A in Melbourne during the UFC 193 festivities about Bellator MMA, who is a rival to the UFC, putting on the upcoming match between Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie. The UFC president doesn’t seem to be a fan of the idea.
“Listen, everybody’s gotta do their own thing, but I don’t think that 50-year-olds fighting is ever a good idea,” White said. “I hope nobody gets hurt. I mean, two 50-year-old guys. That’s crazy. Crazy.”
It should be noted that Gracie is 48-years-old while Shamrock is 51.
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The two warriors fought twice before in their illustrious careers, with Gracie defeating Shamrock in November 1993 via submission and then later in April of 1995 when the two fought to draw in an unforgettable 36-minute bout.
Gracie is a living legend, considered by many as the Godfather of MMA, and is returning to competition for the first time in almost a decade for the third fight in his trilogy against Shamrock. A surprising move by Bellator MMA to say the least.
Since returning to action earlier this year, Shamrock has made it clear that his present MMA run is about closing the book on longstanding feuds and solidifying his place as one of the sport’s all-time greats.
Shamrock (29-15-2), is currently on a one-fight losing streak. In his last six bouts, he’s 3-3. Gracie is 14-2 in his pro-MMA career and is coming off a win over Kazushi Sakuraba back in 2007.
Their fight will be taking place on February 19th in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center.
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