ooohhh snap.. just announced
this is fight # 3
this is fight # 3
The Final Conflict - Ortiz vs Shamrock III
By Thomas Gerbasi
On October 10, the most bitter rivalry in mixed martial arts history will finally come to a close when Tito Ortiz faces Ken Shamrock at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida.
Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, August 29, through Ticketmaster.com for this clash of mixed martial arts titans, which headlines an exciting night of UFC action, which will be televised live on Spike TV.
“There are people around the world that invested 13 weeks into ‘The Ultimate Fighter 3’ to see Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz fight,” said UFC President Dana White. “So on October 10th, live on Spike TV, we’re gonna finish this thing off once and for all. Win, lose, or draw, this is it, and I’m gonna give it to you for free because I feel you didn’t get what you paid for (in their rematch).”
Ortiz, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, is 2-0 in his series with Shamrock thus far, but the bouts have not been without substantial intrigue and controversy. In November of 2002, Ortiz halted Shamrock, but it was later revealed that ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Man’ was less than 100% due to injury, and the heat between the two didn’t subside in the least.
After the two matched wits as coaches during the third season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, a July 8th bout at UFC 61 was supposed to settle the score once and for all, but after a furious first round assault by Ortiz, the bout was stopped at the 1:18 mark, drawing the ire of Shamrock and boos from the packed house.
“We’re all fighters, and we all deserve to win or lose as fighters,” said Shamrock. “Let’s get in there, let’s bleed together, and when it’s done, it’s done.”
“For me, it’s more about getting back into the Octagon,” said Ortiz. “This will be my third fight this year and it’s nice to be back and competing. I’m coming back to shut Ken up.”
And with so many unanswered questions surrounding this rivalry, there’s only one thing left to be said on October 10th…
“Let’s get it on.”