C'mon now. Deep down, you really, really wanted to see Ken Shamrock in action again.
No? Well, that probably makes you part of the majority, but regardless, one of the most familiar names in MMA steps back into the cage Saturday against former UFC veteran Pedro Rizzo to headline Impact FC 2 in Sydney, Australia on Saturday.
The 46-year-old Shamrock hasn't fought since submitting lowly Ross Clifton in the first round of a regional event in February 2009. Before that, the UFC legend had sported a five fight losing streak.
Rizzo has been slightly more active, last competing in May with a second round TKO win over Gary Goodridge. The 36-year-old is 2-2 in his last four fights and at this stage in his career, is on the one-off "Legends" circuit.
This is simply two veterans slugging it out to headline a fledgling PPV in a foreign country; no more, no less.
Paul Daley vs. Daniel Acacio
The real story of the event will be the return to action of hard-hitting Paul "Semtex" Daley--his first bout since getting cut from the UFC after punching Josh Koscheck in a post-fight altercation.
Daley (23-9-2) will battle former PRIDE fighter Daniel Acacio (19-8), a guy that has flashed heavy hands with eight wins by T/KO. However, Acacio hasn't competed in over a year and will be going in against someone looking to prove something and earn a new contract. That usually spells doom.
Daley's last four wins have come by T/KO, all in the first round.
Denis Kang vs. Paulo Filho
In another battle of former Zuffa employees, Denis Kang will take on the undependable Paulo Filho, he of the legendary battles with current UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen in their WEC days.
Kang has competed once since getting cut after a disappointing 1-2 mark in the UFC, defeating Dae Won Kim via first round submission in June. The 32-year-old has kept a busy pace in his career, carrying a 32-12-1-2 mark into Saturday.
For all that is the enigmatic Filho, he has won his last four fights since that Sonnen defeat in November 2008. His last two wins have come by first round submission, one of them coming as recently as last month.
Japanese legend Bob Sapp was supposed to take on Soa Palalei, but was told his flight from Bulgaria, where he's working on Conan The Barbarian, was too expensive and was dropped from the show. Not surprisingly, he is threatening to sue. You have to wonder exactly how much he was training while there, but then again, maybe you don't.
Here's the rest of the card:
- Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Jeremy May
- Murilo Bustamante vs. Jesse Taylor
- Peter Graham vs. Jim Yorke
- Glover Teixeira vs. Marko Peselj
- Richie Vaculik vs. Glenn Taylor-Smith
- Shane Nix vs. Manuel Rodriguez
It's also expected that some of the fights from the first Impact FC show in Brisbane last Saturday will air on the PPV. If you're lucky, you could see:
- Josh Barnett vs. Geronimo Dos Santos
- Karo Parisyan vs. Luis Dutra Jr.
- Carlos Newton vs. Brian Ebersole
- Joaquim Ferreira vs.Sokoudjou
- Jeff Monson vs. Brad Morris
Like I said, if you're lucky...and if you ate all your vegetables this week.
But I don't live in Australia. How do I see this awesomeness?
Good question. I believe you can purchase it on GoFightLive at 10 pm Saturday or with InDemand if you're in the U.S.
Are you getting this event Saturday? If so, let's hear about it in the comments below.
Seriously, at least one person reading this is getting the PPV, right? Right?
Josh Nason is a freelance MMA journalist that has published Ropes, Ring and Cage.com since 2007. He is a contributor to FIGHT! Magazine, Apollo Magazine and Bleacher Report, appearing regularly on The Fight Show with Mauro Ranallo . Follow him on Twitter, will ya?