Ken Shamrock doesn’t think Royce Gracie has any idea what he’s in for when the two legends meet at Bellator 149 in February. Shamrock, 51, says that Gracie doesn’t understand how the sport has changed over the years and that he will be able to use his size and skill to beat Gracie in the event’s headliner.
“A good big guy is gonna beat a good little guy every time, all skills being the same. That’s why as the sport has evolved,” Shamrock told Sherdog.com. “We’ve seen weight classes because we’ve realized….that David and Goliath is just not possible anymore. Everybody is skilled. I thnk that’s the biggest difference that Royce is gonna see, is that the skill level and the strength is gonna play a factor.”
Shamrock said he approached Bellator President Scott Coker about a trilogy match with Gracie a year ago. The two haven’t squared off since a draw over 20 years ago and Gracie beat Shamrock at UFC 1 in 1993. Shamrock believes this is his chance to even the score.
“Whenver you talk about the history of MMA, there’s always that thing where it shows me being choked,” Shamrock said. “It just gets under my skin because I know how it was all set up. For instance, they took my shoes away the day of the fight. It was supposed to be no holds barred with no time limit, but then they take my shoes away. I’d never not worn shoes before.
“So naturally on canvas, never not wearing shoes before is like being on ice. I remember thinking when I got choked with the gi, I remember looking at the referee just bewildered. Like, he just choked me with a gi because they took my shoes away. How was that fair?”
As for what comes after the fight, Shamrock believes that their showdown at Bellator 149 will be the final chapter of Gracie’s career, saying he won’t want to fight again.
“Honestly I don’t think after this fight he’ll want to fight again. Maybe I’m making a fool of myself, but I’ve been fighting. I know what the landscape is out there,” Shamrock said. “I just don’t think Royce, after this next fight, I don’t think he’s gonna want to fight again.”