June 20th 2015
This past weekend, backyard boxing brawler turned MMA fighter, Kimbo Slice (5-2), stepped into the octagon with veteran Ken Shamrock (28-16), in Bellator 138 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
It didn’t take long for the fearsome Kimbo to take down the 51 year old Shamrock, albeit not without some controversy.
The fight ended with a first round TKO brought about by Kimbo’s trademark power punching and unrelenting aggression, the same style that made him a YouTube sensation beating people senseless around the neighborhood. I’ve heard a lot of talk about this fight both positive and negative. So here’s my breakdown.
There was a big weight difference with Slice weighing in at 234 pounds and Shamrock at 232 pounds.
Now here is where it gets good. Let’s break down the rear naked choke that almost won the fight for Shamrock.
What the fans saw was Ken Shamrock taking Kimbo’s back, getting the hooks in, and sinking in a tight choke. Now, from what I’ve heard, some fans feel that Ken was not trying to finish the fight, or threw the fight by letting go of the choke But as a fellow fighter, I see it differently.
Yes, Ken had the choke in deep–that’s not up for debate. But what you have to take into account is the weight difference I talked about in the first part of this article. The amount of energy it takes to secure a choke is tremendous.
Now factor in that Ken held on to that choke for 42 seconds. Let’s give the devil his due: Any normal man would have gone to sleep in 8 to 10 seconds.
Now let’s talk about the 800 pound gorilla in the room: Did Kimbo tap out? In my honest opinion, he did. Kimbo Slice is a standup fighter, and his ground game is sub par too say the very least. So, yes, I believe Kimbo panicked and tapped, and John MacCarthy, being as good as he is at his job, missed the tap.
Here’s the full fight on YouTube.
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