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Ken Shamrock Calls Backlash Against Old Fighters ‘Discrimination’

(Jane Kalinowsky, AP)

The next time Ken Shamrock is scheduled to fight, he will be 52 years old. He will be staring across the octagon at Royce Gracie, who will be 49. Those two will headline Bellator 149 on Feb. 19.

If a fight between two mean whose combined age is more than 50 does not interest you, Shamrock believes you should be more open-minded.

“It’s funny, because we’ve spent hundreds of years with these type of situations,” Shamrock told MMAJunkie. “Just like with (civil rights) and women’s lib. To me, it’s so gut-wrenching to think that we are still dealing with discrimination.”

Shamrock believes all he should have to do to fight is pass all the tests required of Bellator fighters. Nothing else should determine his fate.

“I mean, who gets the right to say that somebody is too old, especially when that somebody can do more pushups, more sit-ups and run farther than somebody half their age?” Shamrock said. “Somebody who’s able to do everything asked of them to qualify to go in there and compete, yet the people on the outside are still stuck a hundred years in the past.”

He does have a point. If he is willing, able and an organization wants him to fight, nothing should stop him. However, that does not mean fans feel the same about watching.

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