Photo by Jon Swenson, Sharkspage.
Even though the word on the street is that Frank Shamrock is no longer really that interested in fighting his brother Ken after his recent loss to Robert “Buzz” Berry earlier this month, he sure doesn’t mind continuing the trash-talking that would likely make the months leading up to a potential showdown extremely entertaining.
In a recent interview with MMA Madness, Shamrock comments on a number of things concerning his adoptive older brother, including why Ken is so bitter towards him, how he is a much better fighter than teacher, and why he’s a much skilled fighter than the former professional wrestler.
Oh, and he says that Ken did steroids too…
MMA Madness: You say that you’ve seen guys take steroids. Could you maybe give us any names?
Shamrock: Sure, my brother Ken did them his whole life.
MMA Madness: Really?
Shamrock: Yeah. Why do you think that his mind is so fried? Why do you think he crumbles before the big fights? He’s got no psyche. He let steroids give him a false sense of security and the moment that stuff is gone he’s no longer superman. He’s just a regular man. But without all the hard work and without all the belief in himself that a regular man would have if he got up to that point. He’s the only guy that I’ll tell on, because he’s always in trouble anyway.
When it comes to Ken Shamrock and steroids, I’m not going to say if or if he didn’t do them. I’ll let opinions form on their own. All I will say is that he’s definitely had plenty of chances to use them, both in MMA and pro wrestling, and that he’s constantly been in phenomenal shape throughout his career, hard work or not.
It’s one thing to try and sell a fight, but it’s another when you make a side comment that could eventually start to hurt someone else’s legacy if it happened to pick up enough steam. I guess it just goes to show that Frank is willing to just about everything to promote himself and his ventures, even if it means throwing his own brother under the bus.
Touch of gloves to Five Ounces of Pain for the find.
Photo by Jon Swenson, Sharkspage.
I had no idea about this, neither did Bloody Elbow.
This is from Sam Caplan’s latest piece for CBS Sports, which lists a slew of potential future opponents for Anderson Silva now that he has cleaned out the UFC’s middleweight division. The article is a must-read:
It’s also little known that the UFC has been suing Shamrock for years over a variety of issues, the most notable being that Shamrock uses footage of himself from when he was in the UFC. According to Shamrock, he has legal rights to 30-second clips of some of his fights because they were signed over to him by Bob Meyrowitz before Zuffa obtained ownership of the UFC. Zuffa doesn’t seem to care about the legal documents that Shamrock claims he has and is suing him anyway.
Shamrock is believed to be losing thousands of dollars in legal bills each month in this legal dispute. In talking to him in the past, he’s also not allowed to fight in Nevada. The belief is that the UFC is trying to bleed Shamrock dry in order to force him to come to a settlement with them and fight once more for the UFC. The thing is, while the UFC is burning a hole in Shamrock’s wallet, he’s still making a very healthy living on his own.
For years I’ve just assumed that Shamrock and the UFC’s hatred for one another came from the little pot shots that Frank and Dana White are always throwing at each other through the media. This brings it to a completely different level though.
Caplan goes to mention that he believes despite all of the stuff that has gone on, Shamrock would still fight under the UFC banner if he was made an offer he wouldn’t be able to refuse and I have to say that I definitely agree.
While Shamrock always talks about how he wants to fight to keep the sport of mixed martial arts pure and all that jazz, it’s clear that everything else has taken a back seat to his business side of things in recent years. If Zuffa offered Frank a load of money to come fight for them, there’s no way he would turn it down.
Just as he did before his fight with Phil Baroni, Frank Shamrock is at it again, this time mocking Cung Le with the help of Shonie Carter.
Touch of gloves to Bloody Elbow for the find.
Herman Confirms Fight With Maia
While Demian Maia himself revealed that he would be fighting Ed Herman at UFC 83 in April back in January, questions about the fight have started popping up recently since the UFC has yet to officially announce the bout nor add it to the list of fights on their official website.
Well Ed Herman has now confirmed the bout in a recent interview with MMA Opinion:
CC. Rumors around the internet are that you are fighting Demian Maia at UFC 83, are these rumors true?
EH. Yes that’s true.
Rampage and Nike Pair Up
UFC light heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will star alongside Cleveland Cavaliers guard LeBron James and various other athletes for the filming of a new Nike commercial entitled “Human Chain” this weekend according to Josh Gross of Sherdog.
Jackson becomes the second mixed martial artist in history to be featured in a Nike ad. Randy Couture and his infamous cauliflower ears were shown on TV in 1996, via a commercial called “Scars”.
MMA About to Get “Nasty”
Former professional wrestler and member of the WWF and WCW tag team champion “Nasty Boys” Jerry Sags is set to enter the world of MMA, where he will take on Alabama Fight Night veteran Jason Pharro in the near future.
The news comes from our friends at Koco Sports, who have confirmed that Sags will start in a reality television series titled “Lesson in Respect”. The show will document Sags’ training in the weeks and months leading up to his fight against Pharro.
So how did this whole idea get started? Apparently Pharro had some choice words to say about pro wrestling and Sags took exception.
“I respect MMA,” Sags told Koco Sports. “But I don’t get where this guy gets off disrespecting our business, I have friends who have died doing what we do, families missing husbands, fathers & brothers and this guy is going to disrespect them, who they were and how they earned their living. Well that pisses me off and I’m ready to rip this guy’s face off.”
Frank Shamrock walks to cage before his fight against Phil Baroni in June 2007. Photo by Jon Swenson
NEW YORK – Legendary mixed martial arts pioneer Frank Shamrock will serve as guest commentator during Friday’s 2008 premiere of ShoXC: EliteXC Challenger Series on Showtime (Jan. 25 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Shamrock, who is training for his much anticipated EliteXC fight with Cung Le (Saturday, March 29, on Showtime) will take time away from training to join renowned play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo and “Fight Professor” Stephen Quadros for the five-fight ShoXC telecast from Trump Taj Mahal Atlantic City Hotel & Casino.
“Frank Shamrock is one of the most colorful and dynamic personalities in the sport,” said Ken Hershman, senior vice president and general manager, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime. “He will add his special blend of experience and charisma to the fight call on Friday and provide his unique brand of insight to his impending match-up with Cung Le, which will be another incredible night for MMA.”
Friday’s ShoXC telecast will be highlighted by a terrific match up featuring popular Philadelphia phenom Eddie Alvarez and tough, determined Hawaiian Ross Ebanez.
“This is an exciting card and I’m glad to be part of it working with Mauro and Stephen,” Shamrock said. “I’d rather be fighting, but I also love to talk and call fights so this is one of the next best things. I can talk the talk, and I’ll definitely be walking the walk March 29. Cung Le is a good fighter, but he’s not good enough (to defeat me.).’’
Besides the Alvarez-Ebanez fight at 165 pounds on Friday, other televised bouts at include: Paul “Semtex’’ Daley, of England, vs. Sam Morgan, of St. Paul, Minn., in a 170-pound scrap; Bobby McMaster, of Boston, Mass., vs. Bao Quach, of Huntington Beach, Calif., at 150; Kala Kolohe Hose, of Waiane, Hawaii, vs. Fred Belleton, of Stoughton, Mass., at 185; and Julie Kedzie, of Albuquerque, N.M., by way of Greenwood, Ind., vs. Tonya Evinger, of Reno, Nev., by way of Oak Grove, Mo., at 140.
Frank Shamrock interviews Cung Le after his win over Sam Morgan at Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives. Photo by Jon Swenson.
Strikeforce and Elite Xtreme Combat have formally announced that former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and undefeated former kickboxer Cung Le will finally meet in a middleweight bout that will headline a co-promoted event titled “Shamrock vs Cung Le”, which take place on March 29th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
“This is absolutely a tremendous fight and an extremely dangerous fight for both fighters, but one I know they have wanted and the fans have been waiting for and can’t wait to see,’’’ EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw said. “I can’t wait to see it either. Shamrock is a true MMA legend, but Cung Le is one of the very best fighters around, and this is his chance to prove that to the world.”
Since returning to active competition, Shamrock has submitted Phil Baroni and knocked out Cesar Gracie. His lone loss since that time came last February when he was disqualified for illegally kneeing Renzo Gracie while he was on the ground in their bout.
Le, a San-Shou expert and former K-1 kickboxer, is undefeated thus far in his mixed martial arts career. His last fight was a win over former UFC middleweight Sam Morgan in November.
There’s no doubt that the weeks leading up to this fight are going to be filled with storylines. Frank Shamrock can sell a fight. Period. The pre-fight trash talking is going to begin the second after this fight is officially announced and it’s going to be fun to follow.
Guess what? The trash talking has already started.
“Being No. 2 isn’t such a bad thing so Cung has nothing to be ashamed of,” cracked the ever-entertaining Shamrock. “But there’s a big difference between being No. 1 and No. 2. Le will find that out soon enough. This is a fight that has been building for years. This is where we both grew up, where we both found our paths in life as martial artists and champions of combat. It was inevitable that we would one day face each other here. I’m excited it’s finally happening.’’
A lightweight title bout between champion Gilbert Melendez and top contender Josh Thomson was also slated to take place at the event but now may be canceled according to Sherdog’s Josh Gross, who is reporting that Thomson will undergo surgery on an injured shoulder later this week.
Tickets for the event go on sale this Saturday at 1 PM EST.
Pat Miletich coaches at a past IFL event. Photo courtesy of IFL.
The trend where athletes call it a career once they get close to the age of 40 is slowly but surely coming to an end.
Now 38, Pat Miletich tells Steve Sievert of The Houston Chronicle that he might not be done just yet.
“I’ve had some offers to fight,” he said. “I’m considering it. I think a rematch with Renzo Gracie would be great, or a fight with Frank Shamrock. Frank’s somebody I’d thoroughly enjoy fighting.”
While I don’t think Miletich would fare very well in a fight against Shamrock, a rematch with Gracie would definitely be interesting, especially since he was doing well until he got caught in a guillotine choke only three and a half minutes into their fight in 2006.
Frank Shamrock interviews Cung Le after his win over Sam Morgan at Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives. Photo by Jon Swenson.
Assuming that the reports are true and the potential fight between Frank Shamrock and Cung Le actually goes down, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Shamrock will be facing his toughest test yet since returning to active competition a little less than two years ago.
In his three bouts since March 2006, Shamrock has faced Cesar Gracie, Renzo Gracie, and Phil Baroni in consecutive fights.
Well I think we can write off Cesar Gracie from the start. His fight against Shamrock was his first professional fight in mixed martial arts and it was clear that was the case when Shamrock knocked him out only seconds into the fight.
Renzo Gracie has the credentials without a doubt. He’s one of the most talented ground specialists in history and has fought many a tough opponent. However this isn’t the Renzo Gracie of the 1990’s that was submitting his opponents left and right. While he’s still capable of holding his own against anyone, he’s not the fighter he used to be. He was doing well against Shamrock but most likely would have lost a unanimous decision had Shamrock not been disqualified.
That brings us to Phil Baroni. While Baroni is as heavy-handed as any striker in the game, he’s a one-dimensional fighter and his ground game is relatively non-existent. Even worse, Shamrock beat him at his own game in the fight, even going as far to tell Baroni that he was going to put him to sleep before he knocked him down with a combination.
So why is Cung Le, a guy with only five professional fights to his credit and whose toughest test came against an aging Tony Fryklund, Shamrock’s biggest test this time around?
Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Frank Shamrock and Cung Le will meet in a middleweight bout on March 29th at the second co-promoted show between Strikeforce and Elite XC, which will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Since returning to active competition, Shamrock has submitted Phil Baroni and knocked out Cesar Gracie. His lone loss since that time came last February when he was disqualified for illegally kneeing Renzo Gracie while he was on the ground in their bout. Le, a San-Shou expert and former K-1 kickboxer, is undefeated thus far in his mixed martial arts career. His last fight was a win over former UFC middleweight Sam Morgan in November.
Gilbert Melendez and Jake Shields are also expected to compete on the card according to Meltzer.
Pro Elite held a live chat session with former UFC Middleweight Champion Frank Shamrock this past Thursday on their official website. The transcript to the chat is here.
Let’s just say that some things that Shamrock said were pretty interesting. Here’s a summary and some thoughts on some of the more notable things that Frank had to say.
- He plans to fight for 10 more years. It will add up to a total of 21 fights and he will fight once every six months. I can guarantee that this won’t happen. Tomorrow will already be six months since he fought Baroni for starters.
- He says that he and Ken are planning to fight in 2009. His reasoning behind wanting to fight Ken is the amount of “bullying” his brother put on him when they were younger. Something tells me that while it’ll be fun to watch, this fight will come off more like a freak show to the mainstream media.
- Shamrock made another “Josh Thomson is gay” claim. I’m not going to touch on that one since it’s been reported that Thomson is preparing to take legal action against Frank.
- Notable fighters that he expressed interest in fighting: Renzo Gracie, Cung Le, Tito Ortiz, Robbie Lawler, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Matt Lindland, Kazushi Sakuraba, and his brother Ken Shamrock. He also stated that he would easily defeat both Brock Lesnar and Kimbo Slice. It’s interesting because although they both out-weigh Frank by 30-60 pounds, their lack of experience would most likely give Frank a huge advantage.
Randy Couture wasn’t the only one discussing his future on last night’s HDNet Fights broadcast. Ken Shamrock was shelling out hints as well.
When asked about his brother’s recent comments about possibly fighting each other by HDNet’s Ron Kruck, Ken made it seem like the two will definitely fight in the near future:
“Well first of all it’s the first time that it’s been done in any sport that brother has versed brother,” said Shamrock. “It’s not a bad thing. Me and my brother did this for a living. I brought my brother into the sport. I’ve always dominated my brother, he knows that. Now he wants a chance in front of the world since I may have gotten a little older and a little slower. He thinks that he wants to come in and show everyone that he’s the big brother but you know what, blood brothers man. We’re going to make that happen. It’s not a dirty thing, we don’t hate each other. The fact is I respect what he’s done with myself and I’m looking forward to getting in there and doing a little sibling rivalry in the ring.”
Shamrock also went on to say that they didn’t have a date and location for the fight as of yet but that options were open.
So it’s not exactly the best fight but it’s a fight that I’m sure everyone wants to see and will have interest in even though both fighters are no longer in the prime of their careers.
I can’t really pick a favorite now. It’s one of those fights that I would have to sit down and think about. I will point out the two major advantages that they have on each other - Ken is stronger; Frank is faster. As far as what weight class this fight might take place at, I’m not sure. 205 lbs seems to be the most likely scenario although a catch weight at 190 would also be feasible, at least for Frank.