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BloodyElbow.com Exclusive: Former WWE star Bobby Lashley to fight Ken Shamrock at March Badness

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Luke Thomas of our MMA sister site BloodyElbow.com got an exclusive today, which has been confirmed by Dave Meltzer. Former WWE star (I use the term "star" loosely) Bobby Lashley will fight former UFC champ and fellow WWE star Ken Shamrock as part of the Roy Jones-led March Badness PPV on March 21. Jones will be fighting Omar Sheika, and BJ Flores is also going to fight supposedly, but he has no opponent so don't expect anything worth a crap. Lashley-Shamrock, while not particularly big or relevant in MMA, does fit the "star" mold they needed for an MMA fight on the card. It'll raise some intrigue at the very least.

Jim Lampley interview with Toro Magazine

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There is some fantastic stuff in this interview with Jim Lampley. A couple notables: "I think [MMA is] here to stay. I think it’s here to keep existing. I think in a hundred years from now it will be interesting to see how variegated their experience is. But I believe there’s room for both, and that both are going to continue to exist and both are going to produce stars. And you know, I used to think of this in terms of "I like boxing because it’s better." But now I think of it in terms of "I like boxing because it’s boxing" – and some people like MMA because it’s MMA. It’s no better and no worse, it is what it is. And I think there’s room in the cultural marketplace for both." "I love football. But the commentary on football – unless I were hosting the NFL studio [show] as I did at NBC back in the early 1990s – play-by-play on games is to me a real chore. I’m not saying it isn’t fun to do the game. But the preparation can be mind-numbing. I don’t call football games unless I draw up my own spotting chart, which is a matter of using your hands and doing something sort of artistic, and I was never good even in the third-grade science projects, so it’s a challenge to go through all of that. And there’s such tedium in a whole football season that doesn’t exist for me in calling fights."

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