Fans watching Bellator 145 live in St. Louis were excited to see pro wrestler Kurt Angle take the stage with the expectation he would be signing with Bellator MMA and announcing his next fight.
But in perhaps one of the most tragic fight announcements since, well, since Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice, it was Angle who was there to announce that Shamrock will be fighting a trilogy match with Royce Gracie. It will be contested at open weight.
Gracie, 48, wisely stepped away from mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2007 following a positive test of anabolic steroids after defeating longtime rival Kazushi Sakuraba at Dynamite!! USA in Los Angeles.
Shamrock, now 51, was last seen getting embarrassed by Kimbo Slice at Bellator 138 in an event that looked all but staged. The ratings success of that show, however, will likely pale in comparison to this one.
The two have a historic rivalry dating back to UFC 1, which Gracie won via rearnaked choke. Their infamous UFC 5 marathon, which ended in a draw after 36 minutes of top control for Shamrock, largely ushered in the era of judges and scoring.
It would seem that some folks weren't satisfied leaving sleeping dogs lie.
Speaking of embarrassing fight announcements, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson will face his his former friend and bodyguard Dhafir Harris, also known as "Dada 5000."
That whole debacle is set to go down at Bellator 149 on Feb. 19 at Toyota Center in Houston with the main card airing live on Spike TV.