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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
"I swear on everything that I love, my family, my god, everything that I love. That fight was not fixed. And the people that are saying it are saying it because they're angry or they lost a bet, because they bet in Vegas, or they're just trying to be hurtful. That's it... Why in the world would someone in Joe Rogan's position sound off on something like that when there's no proof, when it's just speculation of his thoughts of what he thought. That could literally ruin somebody's career. That's like me going out there and telling his wife that he cheated on his wife, yet I don't have any proof, but someone just said something. Those are things, when you say them being in a professional position where you have the people's ear and you have a responsibility to make sure that whatever you say, you can back up, that you could prove, and not just say it because you think it. Because you ruin people's lives on something that you have no proof. And he's wrong what he's saying. He's wrong what he's saying, and therefore he could have ruined my career and my life on what he's saying, when there's no proof to it."
-Ken Shamrock rips Joe Rogan and vehemently denies that his fight with Kimbo Slice was fixed in an interview with Submission Radio.
Penick's Analysis: It's still easy to see why many felt the way they did about the fight, but after looking at the fight again it's clear that Shamrock just fought that poorly. It's not all that surprising given his age and time away from the cage, and it's a lot easier to believe a more than 50-year-old Shamrock is just not very good. Now, given the audience Rogan has, it could be a little reckless to make the comments he made, but he didn't flat out say it absolutely was a fixed fight, he expressed his belief it looked fake. It's a slight, but not express, accusation, and it wasn't the type of proclamation that would require explicit proof on his part. It was probably irresponsible from someone with Rogan's platform, but at the time he was giving his honest opinion on the way he thought that fight looked.
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