Ken Shamrock and Ian ‘The Machine’ Freeman could be on collision course.
Sources tell Fighters Only that negotiations are underway for a potential in-cage meeting between the two veterans, both of whom enjoy pioneer status in their native lands.
Shamrock is a member of the UFC Hall of Fame and was the organization’s first-ever Superfight Champion, back in 1995.
His storied career includes fights with some of the most iconic figures in MMA history, including Royce Gracie, Kazushi Sakuraba and Dan Severn.
Freeman was one of the first UK fighters to received a call-up from the UFC. An early adopter of the then-new ‘vale tudo’ phenomenon which swept the martial arts world in the 1990s, Freeman’s training camps were some of the first in the UK to mix striking, grappling and wrestling as a complete system.
He joined the UFC in 2000 for a one-off fight and then returned for a win on home soil over Frank Mir at UFC 38, the biggest victory of his career. He also fought Andrei Arlovski and Vernon White under the UFC banner.
Later in his career Freeman struggled with Chronic Fatigue syndrome but still managed to put on some memorable fights on the domestic UK circuit, where he won a title with then-top UK promotion Cage Rage.