Ken Shamrock was one of the first Superstars to effectively bridge the gap between MMA and professional wrestling.
Recently, speaking to AXS TV during the special, Tito vs. Alberto-What Side Are You On, Ken Shamrock gave his opinion on the upcoming Combate Americas fight between Tito Ortiz and the former Alberto Del Rio. At stake are the personal memorabilia championship titles for both men. Patron has his WWE Title from his 2011 reign, and Ortiz has agreed to wager the possession of his UFC title.
The following highlights were sent to Fightful by AXS TV.
"I think Tito [Ortiz] knows who he is," said Shamrock. "He’s had all the competition in the world and has always risen to the level of being a champion. Being confident is much different than being cocky. Being confident means he put in the training and he knows where he’s at, he knows who his opponent is, and he feels very comfortable where he’s going into this fight.”
He continued.“Anybody that has an eye and understanding of fighting knows that Alberto [El Patron] is fighting an uphill battle. There’s no question. But, some of the things that I have seen form Alberto almost reminds me sometimes of when I was growing up, living in the street, having to struggle to get from here to there, fighting for everything that you can get. To me, that bids well for him going into the fight, knowing that he’s willing to do whatever he needs to do to try to win this fight. Which means even probably taking a whole lot of punishment, trying to get into the later rounds, and possibly catching Tito [Ortiz] when he’s wearing out.”
The Tito Ortiz-El Patron fight will take place on Saturday, December 7th, on pay-per-view.