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Bellator Announces Shamrock-Gracie III for February

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Bellator is doing it again.

Former UFC 1 veterans Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie will get one last chance to lock horns at Bellator’s tentpole event in February, Bellator announced Friday in St. Louis.

To be specific, it was former WWE World Champion and former Olympian Kurt Angle who announced the bout, teasing fans with his possible inclusion in a fight against Shamrock.

This is the third time the aging legends meet inside the cage. The first meeting, as mentioned, came 22 years ago at UFC 1. Gracie, the crafty submission artist, submitted Shamrock just 57 seconds into the bout. The second meeting came two years later at UFC 5 in 1995. A much more experienced mixed martial artist, Shamrock survived past the opening minute. In fact, the two went on to fight to a 36-minute draw.

Gracie, now 48 years old, has not competed since defeating Kazushi Sakuraba in 2007. Shamrock, meanwhile, last fought this past June, losing a first-round KO to Kimbo Slice at Bellator 138 in June. Shamrock is 51 years old. There is no word what weight class the two will fight at. Gracie is often seen fighting as a 170 to 185-pound fighter, while Shamrock competes at heavyweight.

They meet in the main event at Bellator’s event at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Fighting in the co-main event in February and also announced at Bellator 145 is a heavyweight matchup between Slice and his former bodyguard, Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris. Harris is 2-0 in his pro MMA career, last competing in a pro bout in 2011 against Tim Papp.


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