According to a press release distributed earlier this evening, MMA Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock and his son Ryan Shamrock have both signed multi-fight deals with ProElite’s EliteXC Promotion.
In addition to the signing, the release states that both fighters will be making their EliteXC debut on the same Cage Rage 25card this March.
EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw commented:
“Ken is responsible for putting MMA on the worldwide map and making it what it is today. I have the utmost respect for all the Shamrocks. Believe me, I have signed fighters with EliteXC and many more in boxing, but I can truly say I’m as excited about this signing as I have ever been.”
43-year-old Ken Shamrock also commented on his return to MMA competition:
“I’m totally committed to returning to the cage injury free and anxious about fighting in England for the first time…It is very exciting for both Ryan and I. We will be making MMA history by being the first father and son to ever fight on the same card.”
While Ken’s 19 year old boy Ryan just may have a promising MMA road ahead of him at 1-0, I don’t really understand the motivation for signing Ken Shamrock at this point in his career if you can even call it that. Ken may still offer a bit of a draw for long time fans, and of course there is still rumor of Shamrock-Shamrock happening in the future, but in general I just don’t think the guy should be fighting anything…at all….ever. Either way, best of luck to the Shamrocks and their new home.