Ken Shamrock, the UFC Hall of Famer, and former WWE wrestler, is set to come out of retirement at the age of 50 to take on James Quinn-McDonagh in a bare knuckle boxing bout. Quinn-McDonagh who starred in the acclaimed documentary 'Knuckle', will take on the former UFC champion in April at an undisclosed location in the United Kingdom.
In announcing the fight on Wednesday, Shamrock's official website claimed that his participation in the bout was due to a desire to help 'this underground sport [which] is increasing in its popularity'.
Shamrock knows that Bare Knuckle Boxing is a sport with great potential to grow well beyond where the sport is today. His involvement in this sport is to show support and help its success.
The decision by the former UFC champion is certainly somewhat bizarre given the underground nature of bare-knuckle boxing, however, according to Shamrock, who seemingly only wants to be known as 'Shamrock', is keen to 'continue giving back to his fans'.
Shamrock is in great health and feels invigorated by this opportunity to continue to compete and to continue giving back to his fans. Shamrock is going back to his roots as a fighter. Knowing his body well, Shamrock knows that his decision to re-enter the ring for the love of this sport is a sound decision. Shamrock adamantly believes that age should never be a restriction to any athlete.
H/T: Ed Ryan