The prevailing opinion of many people out there is that Ken Shamrock took a dive at the end of his three and a half minute fight with Buzz Berry. I find this quite humorous because for the life of me I have no idea WHY he would ever do that. This fight has pretty much destroyed any reasonable chance of him making millions to fight Kimbo Slice and his brother Frank. I’m trying to figure out if it’s a testament to Ken’s hype that people think the only way he could have lost is that he threw the fight and went down on purpose.
Of course, the real reason is a lot less interesting and a lot more depressing: Ken Shamrock has developed a glass jaw and his gameplan fucking sucked. Of course there’s also the elephant in the room called ‘age’, but I think that was less of a factor than many people are giving it credit for. His body sure seemed ready, and he didn’t fight long enough to wear out. Perhaps there was some slowing reflexes, but I don’t think the fight went long enough to really see if age was a defining factor.
Simple fact: Somewhere over Shamrocks 15 years of fighting and pro wrestling, he lost the ability to take a shot. The three fights prior to Buzz Berry involved Ken taking a punch to the face and keeling over, only to pop back up moments after defeat. That being known, he was absolutely fucking retarded to stand with Berry. He should have spent the entire fight trying to put Berry on his back where he’d be less exposed. But he didn’t, and a quick little pop to the face ended up cocking him up and the followup strike grazed him and sent poor old Ken to the canvas in the fetal position.
Usually there’s a lot of debate on the internets regarding a fighter’s performance. Trying to get anyone to agree on anything is like trying to broker peace in the Middle east. But in this case, I haven’t come across one blogger that wasn’t pushing for Ken’s retirement. Even Ken nuthuggers on the forums have been surprisingly silent – and these are people who supported Ken through 3 straight years of losses.
I’m part of the crew that agrees : I could excuse Ken for losing to top talent like Ortiz, Franklin, and Sakuraba – all legends in their own rights. But to lose to a guy like Buzz Berry is simply too much. And it’s too bad too – if it wasn’t for Ken’s retarded decisiont to try and stand with Buzz, perhaps we’d be singing a different tune this morning.