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Ken Shamrock Vs. James Toney Special Rules Match Targeted For November

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Former boxing heavyweight champion James Toney will matchup against UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock in a special rules match targeted for November.

James Toney will likely matchup against UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock in a special rules match targeted for November. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
James Toney will likely matchup against UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock in a special rules match targeted for November. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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A proposed match between UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock and former boxing heavyweight champion James Toney has now been tabbed for November, according to reports. A promoter of the fight -- Ivaylo Gotzev -- announced the news late Monday afternoon.

The bout is to be a special rules match that places restrictions on ground work. One the fighters hit the mat, they will only be allowed to do so for 30 seconds before being stood up. In addition, three eight-minute rounds will be held, as opposed to the usual five minute durations.

No location for the match has yet been selected, however Gotzev stated that it may have to be held out of the United States (via MMA Weekly).

"(We're looking at) two different states and, actually, going outside of the country," Gotzev said. "We're zeroing in right now, but it's going to be November."

A longtime veteran of the sport, Shamrock (28-15-2) continued to fight in smaller promotions after being dropped from the UFC in late 2006. The owner of a once-legendary career, the 47-year-old has lost 10 of his 15 fights since 2000, including seven of his last nine.

As one of the most celebrated heavyweight boxers of his time, Toney (0-1) sent shockwaves through the combat sports world in 2010 when he announced his intention of trying his hand at mixed martial arts. The 42-year-old made his MMA debut at UFC 118, unceremoniously losing to Randy Couture in the first round via arm-triangle.