Ken Shamrock is going back to UFC to fight Tito Ortiz for the Leight heavyweight belt. Also explains why is leaving TNA...
Fight fans have been anticipating Shamrock’s return to the UFC ever since he defeated Brian Johnston by forearm choke submission Dec. 7, 1996, at Ultimate Ultimate ’96 in Birmingham, Ala. Shamrock vs. Ortiz will pit the UFC’s old guard against the new.
The hostility between the two fighters was building for years, but reached a boiling point March 5, 1999, at UFC 19: Young Guns in Bay St. Louis, Miss., after Ortiz battered Shamrock protégé Guy Mezger forcing stoppage of the fight. In the post-fight celebration, Tito donned a T-shirt parodying Mezger’s name. Shamrock attempted to vault the Octagon fence and has since vowed to teach Ortiz some humility. “I cannot leave the game without fighting him,” Shamrock said.
Ortiz, of course, has risen to become the light heavyweight champion and is now fully recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered in a training mishap in February. In his last title defense, he won a unanimous decision over Vladimir Matyushenko September 28, 2001, at UFC 33: Victory In Vegas. His response to Shamrock’s return is typical Tito. “I can’t wait to welcome him back to the new UFC.”
Should be a good fight