At one point in MMA’s timeline, Ken Shamrock held the title of ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Man’. I’m not sure if he still does, but he used to. Maybe it’s like once you become the President of the United States, you’re always the president. I’ve never met Ken Shamrock but I did have the chance to meet Pedro Rizzo the day after Gilbert Yvel exploded his mandible with that brutal ground and pound at The Ultimate Chaos this time last year. The ref just sort of looked at an unconscious Rizzo getting bombed with punches on the mat in Biloxi, Mississippi without intervening. If you’ve never visited that area of the country, Biloxi is a good place to get malaria in the middle of June. There’s a reason they call Pedro Rizzo ‘The Rock’. Despite being absolutely pounded upon, Rizzo’s face didn’t have a single scratch on it. It was like something off a romantic comedy with a cast of people that can magically withstand all physical damage.
MMAFighting is reporting that Ken Shamrock will face Pedro Rizzo (instead of Mark Coleman) at Impact FC on July 17th in Australia. Now rewind back to 1999 when people were freaking out about the y2k bug, everyone rocked a 56k modem and Pedro Rizzo was slated to face Ken Shamrock in UFC 23. No one really knows what happened to that fight. Shamrock just sort of started professionally wrestling after 1996 and sustained tons of injuries in the WWF. Four years later, Ken returned to MMA in a Pride superfight with Alexander Otsuka who he TKOd with only seconds left in the first round.
Not many people are interested in this fight but those same people need to realize that everything that has been said about Ubereem was said about Pedro Rizzo back in the day. Dude started off his career with a nine-win streak amassing victories over Vernon White and Mark Coleman only to be stopped by Kevin Randleman in a UFC heavyweight title bout. Chances are slim that this card is going to be shown via PPV but it’s time like this when I have to thank the MMA gods for internet piracy. [Source]