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Hasim Rahman could replace Shamrock at March Badness

Hasim_20rahman_medium If you missed it, the MMA portion of Roy Jones Jr.'s upcoming March Badness show took a major hit when Ken Shamrock tested positive for steroids to beat a 400-pound man that had no business in the same ring as him.

Now in need of a replacement to fight former WWE star Bobby Lashley, Dave Meltzer reports that Lashley has approved two possible opponents: former heavyweight boxing champion Hasim Rahman and MMA legend Don Frye. Jones' Square Ring promotions offered up both to Lashley, and he accepted a fight with either, which shows some real guts. Lashley was a champion college wrestler, but his MMA inexperience is huge.

Square Ring reportedly prefers to use Rahman, perhaps because it would put boxing against MMA on the boxing/MMA show. They're trying to work out a deal right now.

Rahman, 36, last fought in December when he was picked apart and beaten down by Wladimir Klitschko. He was a replacement opponent there, subbing for the injured Alexander Povetkin.

Frye is 43 years old and hasn't been a top fighter in years, but he's got a ton of experience and is every bit as dangerous an opponent as Shamrock was, probably. They're both well past their primes, but at least Frye hasn't become a total schmuck.

Shamrock, for the record, is saying over the counter supplements caused a false positive. For three steroids, mind you.

The main event is Jones against Omar Sheika, of course. And BJ Flores is on the card, facing Colombian Jose Luis Herrera (16-5, 16 KO, all five losses by KO).

Even though Bloody Elbow's Brent Brookhouse is no longer in for covering the MMA fights on the show, I'll still be ordering this pile and doing a live, round-by-round on the 21st. I'm going to try to find an MMA dude that's ordering to do those fights since I'm not educated enough to do them. Any volunteers? Anyone ordering? Bueller? Bueller?

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