ESPN.com reports that a contract has been signed by the famous adoptive Shamrock brothers to square off in early 2009 (most likely April on an EliteXC card).
"We've both signed a contract to fight each other—Ken is down with it," Frank Shamrock told ESPN. "We talked about it two years ago, and we've agreed materially to fight."
Said Ken Shamrock: "Will the fight happen? Absolutely. He's got a butt-kicking coming to him. Everything I've learned, everything I have bottled up in me, is going to come out on him. I've still got love for Frank, but I'm angry at him."
The insults have gone back and forth for a while now between the Shamrock brothers. Ken has accused Frank of being "an ungrateful punk" who disrespected their father, Bob. Frank has recently fired back with steroid accusations against Ken.
It seems as though EliteXC is continuing the freak-show MMA trend. A good portion of their main events have no direct bearing whatsoever on the rankings (namely all of Kimbo Slice's fights). This fight just adds to the trend. The weight class for this fight wasn't mentioned, but there will probably be some sort of catch weight.
Whatever the case may be, it will just be yet another public execution of Ken Shamrock, hopefully the last one that we will see. Frank's skills have evolved far beyond his. The only thing that these two are on the same level with is their loud and brash attitude.
This event will attract another major audience because people want to see brothers beat up on each other. It's just interesting to see the two completely separate ways that the UFC and EliteXC are going with for their main events. Let's just see if Ken Shamrock will make it into the cage this time around.