MMATraining.com has learned that the XFA is looking to have Xtreme Couture’s Head coach Shawn Tompkins first fight to be against none other than Ken Shamrock, according to Tompkins. The XFA will use K-1 rules and therefore, will have no ground fighting. MMATraining.com spoke with Tompkins and he informed us that
“I Just signed a 3 fight deal with XFA, which is a K-1 kickboxing promotion in Las Vegas. I’ll be doing my first fight September 26th. Between September, December and February. They are looking at my first fight being Ken Shamrock”.
Tompkins has fought professional MMA before, but is most known for being one of the top striking and MMA coaches in all of the world. He has worked at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas as their Head Striking coach for over a year and will have no shortage of good training partners to prepare with.
Tompkins, from London, Ontario and has help mould the careers of Mark Hominick, Sam Stout and Chris Horodecki from a young age. Tompkins be busy in the coming week and a half, as he will corner Hominick in his fight vs. Savant Young and Vitor Belfort, when he battles Terry Martin at Affliction:Banned. When asked about Belfort, Tompkins said
“He looks like the Vitor of old. He looks better than ever”.
Shamrock is coming off a March 2008 loss to Robert Berry in Cage Rage and looks to rebound from that, in his XFA debut. The 44 year old Shamrock has been long rumoured to be having a super fight with his brother Frank, but those rumours have died down as of late.