BOSTON - AUGUST 27: UFC Heavyweight fighter James Toney weighs in at 237 lbs at the UFC 118 weigh-in at the TD Garden on August 27 2010 in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Ken Shamrock Vs. James Toney In MMA Bout Set For September

Texas is set to place host to a mixed martial arts fight between UFC Hall of Fame-inductee Ken Shamrock and former boxing great James Toney.

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VIDEO: Ken Shamrock Vs. James Toney Press Conference

It's an incredibly sad spectacle. The elevated, high end of fight sport is often a beauty without compare. At the low end, however, we're filled with empty venues, elderly men utterly unconcerned with health because life's options dictate they be, and schadenfreude-backed curiosity to see how much the entire operation and it's participants will implode. This, ladies and gents, is footage of the "press conference" for Shamrock vs. Toney. The two get testy with one another, which is worth a peek. Still, I can't tell what's sadder: that James Toney continues to hang on to the idea he's still a viable competitor or that Ken Shamrock knows he isn't and is willing to go through the motions just enough to outstretch his palm for a check at the end of the fight. Anton Tabuena has more details on what the match will look like:

The date and venue on their match up still hasn't been finalized yet. Though amidst the trash talk between the two, earlier reports that the rules for their bout would be modified a bit have been confirmed. It will be contested at eight rounds of only 3-minutes each, with both fighters only allowed to stay on the ground for 30 seconds before they get stood back up. Rules are adjusted to slightly favor the boxer, and while it probably won't change the outcome of the fight either way, that special rule-set makes this an even bigger freakshow bout than originally expected.

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Ken Shamrock Vs. James Toney In MMA Bout Set For September

According to multiple reports, UFC Hall of Fame inductee Ken Shamrock is set to face boxer James Toney in a mixed martial arts-rules match on September 23rd in El Paso, Texas. There is no word yet on which promotion will carry the event. BJPenn.com was the first to report the news. BoxingScene.com later confirmed the news.

Since 2000, Shamrock has lost 10 of his last 14 MMA fights. During that span he fought five times in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, only winning once, a first-round knockout over Kimo Leopoldo at UFC 48. He most recently lost to journeyman Mike Bourke by TKO (injury) in November of 2010. He is currently 47 years old.

Toney has only one MMA fight to his combat sports career, a first-round submission loss to UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture at UFC 118 in August of 2010. While long past his prime, Toney's boxing career is storied. He was a former WBO heavyweight champion, IBF middleweight and super middleweight champion, as well as the holder of several other titles. He is currently 42 years of age.

Toney's trainer, Trever Sherman, told MMAFighting the bout between Shamrock and Toney could take place in Texas, Nevada or California. However, given the age of both competitors, damage incurred during their career as well as damage they could incur at this juncture in their career plus the lack of meaningful competitiveness to the bout, it is highly unlikely this bout will be sanctioned in more rigorous commissions like Nevada or California.

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