Two of the most recognizable fighters in combat sports -- Miami’s own Kimbo Slice and The World’s Most Dangerous Man Ken Shamrock -- will battle in the Bellator cage on Friday, June 19 as “Bellator: Unfinished Business” will air live at 9 p.m. on Spike TV from inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Rising to notoriety through a series of extreme street fighting videos posted to YouTube, Slice quickly proved himself in the MMA world as a feared striker and is looking to settle his longtime rivalry with Shamrock on June 19.
The athletic and educated Slice is currently training at American Top Team in (South Florida) Coconut Creek.
Interview with Kimbo Slice at American Top Team-Coconut Creek
About the fight
On Oct. 4, 2008, a freak accident robbed the MMA world of one of the most anticipated fights in the history of the sport. On Friday, June 19, Bellator MMA will right that wrong. Street fighting legend and YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice and "The World's Most Dangerous Man," Ken Shamrock, have agreed to renew their rivalry and will now meet in the main event of "Bellator: Unfinished Business,"
“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,” said Bellator President Scott Coker said in a release. “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.”
The two superstar headliners each played featured roles in the two most-watched MMA contests in U.S. television history.
For Slice, a chance to revisit the matchup provides an opportunity to rewrite history.
“Ken Shedrack, I owe you this ass whooping,” Slice said. “No more running! No more hiding!”
Meanwhile, Shamrock is an MMA Hall of Famer and multiple-time world champion who is universally recognized as a true pioneer of the sport. Competing professionally since 1993, Shamrock has fought the absolute biggest names in the history of MMA, including Rich Franklin, Don Frye, Royce Gracie, Matt Hume, Ortiz, Bas Rutten, Kazushi Sakuraba and Dan Severn, among many others.
Shamrock believes his drive and determination have him in the best form of his career.
“I am back,” Shamrock said. “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.”
And for Shamrock, the frustration of that bizarre 2008 night has lingered for years. Now is a chance to prove he would have been the one with his hand raised.
“Kimbo Slice and I have some unfinished business,” Shamrock said. “I am a fighter. That's who I am. Fighting has always invigorated me.”
Additionally, former Bellator MMA World Lightweight Champion and Mizzou wrestling standout Michael Chandler meets Derek "The Stallion" Campos in a featured contest.
Chandler is a former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri who opened his professional MMA career with 12 consecutive victories, including Bellator MMA wins over Eddie Alvarez, Patricky Pitbull, Marcin Held and Rick Hawn, among others. Along the way, Chandler picked up the Bellator MMA lightweight belt, defending it twice before losing it in a hard-fought split-decision result to Will Brooks.
Campos is a 26-year-old Texas-based fighter who is 6-1 in his past seven overall contests. A professional fighter since 2009, Campos has fought five times under the Bellator MMA banner and now looks to announce himself as a true title contender with an impressive win over a former champion.
Friday, June 19
Scottrade Center, St. Louis
9 p.m. LIVE on Spike TV
Heavyweight Feature Fight
Kimbo Slice (4-2) vs. Ken Shamrock (28-15)
Featherweight Title Fight
Patricio Pitbull (23-2) vs. Daniel Weichel (35-8)
Heavyweight Feature Fight
Bobby Lashley (12-2) vs. James Thompson (20-14)
Lightweight Feature Fight
Michael Chandler (12-3) vs. Derek Campos (15-4)
Featherweight Feature Fight
Daniel Straus (23-6) vs. Henry Corrales (12-0)
Tickets for "Bellator: Unfinished Business," which range from $30 to $200, are on sale at
Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com.