UFC 96 Preview And Picks
Bobby Lashley To Take On Ken Shamrock In A Real Fight
Total Pro Sports – On March 21st, the first ever mixed combat sports event will be taking place in Pensacola, Florida. The show is being put together by Roy Jones jr, who will be fighting against Omar Sheika on the card. Along with boxing the show will feature a couple of MMA bouts. The most notable being a fight between former WWE star Bobby Lashley and MMA legend Ken Shamrock, who was also part of the WWE at one time.
Lashley is relatively new to the sport of MMA, as this will only be his second fight. He might be short on experience when compared to Shamrock, but he is younger and appears to be much stronger. He is the latest WWE wrestler to start an MMA career following in the footsteps of Brock Lesnar, current UFC heavyweight Champion.
I think if Lashley can stay on his feet for most of the fight, he will win. If Ken manages to take him to the ground early he could be in big trouble. Much like Lesnar, in his first match against Frank Mir, Lashley is inexperienced in the ground game. If Lashley can come away with the victory, the stage could be set for a match-up against Brock Lesnar somewhere down the road.
On the other hanad, Shamrock is in the twilight of his illustrious career and even his own family members are staring to question his desire to keep fighting. His step-brother Frank Shamrock, himself an MMA legend, has publicly stated that its time for Ken to call it a career.
“It was so sad to see Ken Shamrock fighting on a c level show. I wish the best for him but think its time to hang it up.” (FrankShamrock.com)
There is no love lost between the two brothers, but Frank makes a good point. Shamrocks best years are behind him, yet he is still fighting. I guess its hard for him to come to the realization that he might be too old for MMA.
The Pick: Bobby Lashley winner by K.O., in the second round.