Former UFC champion Ken Shamrock will return to action later this year, taking on James Quinn McDonagh in a bare knuckle boxing match in the United Kingdom.
The bout was announced recently, as Shamrock will step back into combat sports at 50 years old.
“Shamrock is in great health and feels invigorated by this opportunity to continue to compete and to continue giving back to his fans,” a statement on his official website read. “Shamrock is going back to his roots as a fighter. Knowing his body well, Shamrock knows that his decision to re-enter the ring for the love of this sport is a sound decision.
“Shamrock adamantly believes that age should never be a restriction to any athlete. People can do amazing feats past their prime, if it’s a priority to them.”
Shamrock was a one-time UFC Superfight Champion, a member of the UFC Hall of Fame and holds the record for longest fight in UFC history at 36 minutes. His last MMA fight came in 2010 when he lost to Mike Bourke via leg injury to fall to 28-15-2.
McDonagh posted on his official Facebook page that “Ken is a good man and a very good fighter. I have FULL respect for this man.” He also mentioned that the bout will be part of a pay-per-view card, with more details to come.