Two former MMA fighters will square off in a wrestling ring this January.
McAloon Productions announced that Ken Shamrock will face Tom Lawlor at their Ultimate Bar Brawl event on Jan. 31 in Atlanta. Shamrock had been away from the ring for over nine years before making his return this past November at Battle Championship Wrestling in Australia. Ultimate Bar Brawl will mark the first time Shamrock has competed in the United States since JCW Bloodymania III in August 2009. Shamrock is a former WWE Intercontinental Champion and was the first man to hold the NWA World Heavyweight Title when TNA/IMPACT Wrestling had ownership of the belt.
Shamrock was one of the founding fathers of the UFC, helping build the company alongside Royce Gracie and Dan Severn. He last competed in MMA in February 2016, losing to Royce Gracie at Bellator 149.
Lawlor transitioned from MMA to pro wrestling while serving a suspension for failing a USADA drug test in October 2016. Lawlor is a regular for MLW and won their 2018 Battle Riot match. He returned to MMA in November, losing to Deron Winn at Golden Boy Promotions MMA event.
Penelope Ford vs. ODB was also announced for the event.