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Drug tests, brain scans and weight variances: How Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock 3 came together

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Drug tests, brain scans and weight variances: How Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock 3 came together

It took Ken Shamrock all of 60 seconds to ask for a fight with Royce Gracie.

After about one minute exchanging pleasantries with Bellator MMA president Scott Coker, whom he had not seen in a decade, Shamrock got down to business.

“I want to fight that guy,” Shamrock told Coker, pointing to a group of people a few feet away.

Coker wasn’t sure what Shamrock was talking about. As far as he knew, Shamrock was retired. This was a fan event before Bellator 131 in November 2014. Shamrock, a 50-something MMA legend, was brought in as a brand ambassador — not a fighter.

“I look over and I thought was talking about Randy Couture,” Coker said. “Randy was signing autographs. ‘No, no I want to fight Royce Gracie.’ I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ He said, ‘I want to fight Royce Gracie’ and he was saying it really aggressively.”

Shamrock will get his wish in the main event of Bellator 149 on Feb. 19 in Houston: a third fight against Gracie, the man he famously fell to by submission at UFC 1 in 1993. The two fought again at UFC 5, but it finished in a draw after 36 minutes. Shamrock, who believes he was the rightful victor of that second fight, has craved a win over Gracie for more than two decades.

“The World’s Dangerous Man” hasn’t been shy about it, either. Every few weeks, either he or his manager Des Woodruff would call Coker with the request. Coker didn’t think Gracie had any interest in fighting again. But there was someone who wanted to fight Shamrock: Kimbo Slice.

Bellator did that fight last June. Shamrock had a chance to win, getting in position for a choke. But Slice didn’t tap, got up and knocked Shamrock out. The ….View full article

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