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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-27-2008, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Will Florida approve Ken vs Kimbo?


Will Florida approve Ken vs Kimbo?

August 27, 2008 – 3:17 pm by fightlinker

EliteXC might have decided that they don’t give a shit about Ken Shamrock’s safety by booking him against Kimbo Slice. But fortunately there’s another layer in place to make sure this fight is merely morally corrupt as opposed to health-endangering. MMA Fanhouse spoke with the Florida Athletic Commission about the possibility of the plug being pulled on this bout:
But before the fight can go down at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, it must be approved by the Florida State Boxing Commission. And Alexis Antonacci, press secretary for the Department of Business and Professional Regulations, which oversees the Boxing Commission, told me today that such approval is not a foregone conclusion.
“In terms of his record and the number of times he’s been knocked out, we would look at that prior to the physical examination,” Antonacci said. “When the matchmaker puts people together for the fight, they have to be approved by us.”
Shamrock vs. Kimbo has so far passed through Florida’s initial approval process, but Antonacci stressed that “we haven’t done a full check on each of the fighters.”
That last sentence isn’t exactly heartening. The fact that initial approval has already been given means they didn’t look at the records of these guys and go “What the ****???” like everyone else in the universe did. So now things come down to whether Kenny boy can pass his physicals. I’d say that wouldn’t be difficult but I’m still a little suspicious on account of ProElite shipping Shamrock off to the UK for his first fight with them. That move never made much sense past avoiding commissions and testing, so it will be interesting to see what comes up, if anything.


Man it would be so sweet if Ken wasn't cleared and possibly a very pissed off(and really funny) Brett Rogers got to fill in.

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It sounds like the article's author sought out an interview and framed the q/a carefully. There's nothing coming from the commission that suggests this fight is any more or less likely to get approved than any other.

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Yeah I was thinking about that- I'm just more hoping that this could actually be a possibility because I'd much rather see Rogers get his shot.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-27-2008, 06:52 PM
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Garry Goodridge is still getting sanctioned for fights and Sakuraba got cleared in California. Unless Shamrock has some serious shit going on, I don't see it happening.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-27-2008, 07:48 PM
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I hope not i could care less about seeing Shamrock vs Kimbo.. PLEASE give him somsone who is worth a damn..

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-01-2008, 09:00 AM
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He will get it. Florida is just trying to cover there bases. The commision here is pretty strict with certain things. We just got amatuer mma legalized this month and it it took a long time to make it happen. They just dont want a massacre on their hands.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-02-2008, 12:04 PM
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It'll be sanctioned. Shamrock's last UFC fight was in Florida, and Kimbo's been sanctioned there before too. This is a slam dunk to be sanctioned unless Ken has something catastophic happen.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-02-2008, 12:06 PM
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I still cant believe this fight is happening. But hey Ill still watch it if it happens. Sorry Sham but you will get destroyed.
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