Yesterday I wrote an article about how dumb Dana White would be to ditch Ken Shamrock. Well, it looks like Dana really is that dumb, because that’s what happened yesterday. The split was apparently based on Ken’s coaching position with the IFL, which is about as insane as you can get.
Let’s run this logic through our heads here: Dana White is trying to crush the competition so he doesn’t allow his fighters to participate in other organizations. Because of this, he releases one of the biggest stars on his roster for working with an organization with one foot in the grave. Now that star is going to fight for another organization, and because of his participation that organization is going to become REAL competition. Not bullshit money-burning competition like the IFL or K1. But real mainstream competition. The UFC has just thrown EliteXC the world’s largest bone, and I have no doubt they’re going to use it to really break into the market:
Shamrock said he is not opposed to a bout with his adoptive brother Frank, who sprung back into the limelight with a second-round TKO over power puncher Phil Baroni at June 22’s Strikeforce-Pro Elite event in San Jose, Calif.
“I’m a fighter. I’ll fight anybody,” said Shamrock, regarding his brotherly love for his younger sibling. “I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been. I’m mentally focused. I’m physically focused. I’m training. I’ll fight anybody right now.”
This follow’s Frank Shamrock’s similar statement at the Judgement Day press conference. So now Dana White’s idiotic move paves the way for one of the biggest showdowns in the history of mixed martial arts. Congrats Dana. Way to crush the competition.