EliteXC on Monday announced that it has signed Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride veteran Ken Shamrock and his son, Ryan, to multi-fight deals. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
“We’re thrilled to have signed Ken and Ryan Shamrock,” said EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw.
“Ken is responsible for putting MMA on the worldwide map and making it what it is today. I have the utmost respect for all the Shamrocks. Believe me, I have signed fighters with EliteXC and many more in boxing, but I can truly say I’m as excited about this signing as I have ever been.”
Both Ken and Ryan Shamrock will fight on the upcoming March 8 Cage Rage event at Wembley Arena in London.
“I’m totally committed to returning to the cage injury free and anxious about fighting in England for the first time,” said Ken. “It is very exciting for both Ryan and I. We will be making MMA history by being the first father and son to ever fight on the same card.
“This is a great opportunity we are getting with EliteXC. Give me a fight or two and I will be ready to fight anybody.”
Ryan (1-0) is a 5-foot-9-inch, 19-year-old that fights at 135 pounds. He says he is looking forward to competing on the same card as his father.
“I think I am more excited than nervous about fighting on the same card with my dad. If anything, it gives me more incentive. I get the chance to show that there is another Shamrock out there who can compete as well as he can.”