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Barkley vs. Shaq

RULES SET FOR MMA FIGHT

... No Punching In the Face!

4/25/2014 8:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Shaq vs. Barkley ... apparently, this is really happening. 

The NBA legends have been joking about fighting each other in an MMA match -- but last night on TNT, it seems the two are actually planning on squaring off on May 14th. 

The two have even set rules for the event they're calling, "The Beatdown in A-Town."

Rule #1 -- The two will start on the ground and the fight will consist of grappling only
Rule #2 -- No punching in the face!
Rule #3 -- No gloves. 

As for why they've eliminated punching, Barkley explained ... "I don't want to hurt his face .. you want him uglier on TV?"

Barkley -- who's been training in MMA -- says he plans to choke out the Big Fella ... Shaq respectfully disagrees. 

At one point, Kenny Smith asks the two ... "Why are you doing this?"

The answer -- they don't really know ... but it's gonna be hilarious.

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7 COMMENTS

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1.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

these 2 middle aged men need to stop

148 days ago
2.

Sally M    

Do they really not have anything better to do?

148 days ago
3.

master    

If Chalres beats Shaq, Shaq should have to give one of his rings to chuck..

148 days ago
4.

Observer    

It's...... TTTIIIIiiiiiiimmmmmmmeeeeeeee! (Bruce Buffer)

I say, 'Great'!
I'd like not only to see these two guys have some fun and include us in on it, it will also help bring MMA further into the mainstream.

I dig the idea and look forward to them having some fun.

It's only grappling, it's not like they're going to throw some blows, though I wish they'd open the body for shots.

But hey, it's their gig and I think it's a fun thought!

Bring it On guys!!!

147 days ago
5.

K South West    

Any reproduction of NBA material without written expressed permission will be punishable by fines not limited to 100,000 and or three years in federal prison

147 days ago

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