Ken Shamrock's Blogs

  • UFC 1 Veteran Ken Shamrock Writes Open Letter to Jon Jones By: Tristen Critchfield

    Ken Shamrock has seen his share of ups and downs as an MMA star. | Chris Dela Cruz/Sherdog.com



    Ken Shamrock was there when the UFC was introduced to the world, and at 51 years old, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” is still actively competing in mixed martial arts today.

    Over the course of his 45-bout professional career, Shamrock has seen all the highs and lows that prizefighting can bring. With that in mind, Shamrock has a message for Jon Jones, who was recently suspended by the UFC and stripped of his light heavyweight title.

    Shamrock posted on open letter to Jones on his website Wednesday, reminding the New York native that “This is not your end, but your beginning. Fight the fight.”

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  • Chuck Mindenhall Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    This week in “Press Row,” Jordan Breen and MMAFighting's Chuck Mindenhall discuss the 10-year anniversary of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 1 finale, the historical significance of Griffin-Bonnar and the curious case of Jason “Strange Brew” Thacker

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  • Patrick Wyman Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    This week in “Press Row,” Jordan Breen and Sherdog.com contributor Patrick Wyman discuss Kimbo-Shamrock, Bellator MMA's future and Viacom's combat sports strategy.

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Thursday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Fighting Spirit MMA
    Compilations of international MMA fights from ONE FC, UCMMA, KSW, WFC, FFC, BAMMA, EFC Africa and more.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 63
    December 31, 2013. Features Stevie Ray vs. Ivan Buchinger for the lightweight title, plus Jim Alers vs. Graham Turner for the featherweight title from Dublin, Ireland.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fight Network: Fight News Now: MMA Edition
    Fight Network's staple news program covering all things mixed martial arts with the latest news, features, interviews and previews.

    9:30 a.m. ET Fight Network: Ultimate Challenge MMA 30: Towler vs. Lake
    October 6, 2012. Features Darren Towler vs. Dayman Lake from The Troxy in London, U.K.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate - Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Miesha Tate discusses the fierceness of women fighters.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar - Anderson Silva, moves up in weight to challenge Stephan Bonnar. Plus, Alistair Overeem vs Antonio Bigfoot Silva and TJ Grant vs. Evan Dunham.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen - Anderson Silva defends his middleweight title against his biggest rival, Chael Sonnen; Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin, Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado, and Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Championship Fighting Alliance
    Professional mixed martial arts from Florida featuring the likes of Josh Sampo, Mike Kyle, John Howard, Sean McCorkle, Luis Palomino and more.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Enfusion Season 3
    Fighters from 18 different countries compete in the 85kg MAX category in Ohrid, Macedonia as they live and train together in their quest for a kickboxing title.

    4:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Diaz; Melendez; Dos Anjos; Rousey - Joe Rogan ranks the most memorable moments from Nick Diaz's career; Gilbert Melendez gives insight into life inside MMA's most guarded team, the Skrap Pack; Rafael dos Anjos prepares for his bout at UFC 185; Ronda Rousey reveals her warrior code.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Fight News Now: MMA Edition
    Fight Network's staple news program covering all things mixed martial arts with the latest news, features, interviews and previews.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Greg Cohen Boxing: Rainone vs. McNickles
    November 13, 2014. Features Tommy Rainone vs. Carl McNickles, Jarrell Miller vs. Rodricka Ray and Dennis Hogan vs. Jose Miguel Berrio from Westbury, N.Y

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz – B.J. Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon. Go to training camps and the fight.

    8:00 p.m. ET UFC Countdown
    UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz - Anderson and Nick prepare to return to the octagon. After a broken leg, Silva enters the spotlight. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum, and lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Diaz; Melendez; Dos Anjos; Rousey - Joe Rogan ranks the most memorable moments from Nick Diaz's career; Gilbert Melendez gives insight into life inside MMA's most guarded team, the Skrap Pack; Rafael dos Anjos prepares for his bout at UFC 185; Ronda Rousey reveals her warrior code.

    9:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles
    Miesha Tate discusses the fierceness of women fighters.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Hunt vs. Bigfoot - Bethe Correia vs. Julie Kedzie; Clint Hester vs. Dylan Andrews; Soa Palelei vs. Pat Barry; Anthony Perosh vs. Ryan Bader; James Te Huna vs. Mauricio Rua; Antonio Silva vs. Mark Hunt. From Brisbane, Australia.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fight Network: Pancrase Classics
    Classic pioneering mixed martial arts battles featuring Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen and more.

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  • This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Ken Shamrock Turns 50 By: Brian Knapp

    Ken Shamrock turns 50 this week. | Chris Dela Cruz/Sherdog.com



    Known as “The World’s Most Dangerous Man,” Ultimate Fighting Championship hall of famer Ken Shamrock will celebrate his 50th birthday on Feb. 11.

    Shamrock touched off his trailblazing mixed martial arts career in September 1993 and competed at UFC 1 two months later. He went on to become the UFC’s first superfight champion -- an open weight designation that was used prior to the introduction of formal weight classes. Shamrock, who also held the open weight King of Pancrase crown, founded the famed Lion’s Den training camp, engaged Tito Ortiz in one of MMA’s most lucrative rivalries and served as a coach on Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series. Shamrock compiled a 7-6-2 record in the UFC, losing four of his final five matches inside the Octagon. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame alongside Royce Gracie at UFC 45 in 2003.

    A Macon, Ga., native, Shamrock secured 23 of his 28 career wins by submission. He last competed under the King of the Cage banner in November 2010, succumbing to first-round punches from journeyman Mike Bourke. Shamrock also dabbled in the professional wrestling industry, appearing in both World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

    Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the week covering Feb. 8-Feb. 15:

    FEB. 9

    Mark Munoz (36)
    Charlie Brenneman (33)
    Jake Rosholt (32)
    Jake Hecht (30)
    Felipe Arantes (26)


    FEB. 10

    Matt Horwich (36)
    Nick Ring (35)
    Mariusz Radziszewski (30)

    FEB. 11

    Ken Shamrock (50)
    Stephen Thompson (31)

    FEB. 12

    Jon Madsen (34)

    FEB. 13

    Elvis Sinosic (43)
    Anthony Lapsley (34)

    FEB. 14

    Micah Miller (27)
    Chris Mierzwiak (26)
    Jayson Jones (25)

    FEB. 15

    Brian Rogers (30)
    Steven Siler (27)
    Ciro Rodrigues (25)

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  • Top 5 Stories of the Week By: Brian Knapp

    Ken Shamrock has not fought in more than two years. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com



    Two of the elder statesmen in mixed martial arts are expected to do battle this summer in England, as Ultimate Fighting Championship hall of famer Ken Shamrock and Ian Freeman have verbally agreed to face one another under the Ultimate Cage Fighting Championships banner on July 27 at Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.

    Contracts have not yet been signed.

    Shamrock, 49, began his MMA career in 1993 and quickly became one of the sport’s first stars thanks to successful careers inside both the Pancrase ring and the UFC Octagon, as he defeated the likes of Masakatsu Funaki, Bas Rutten, Dan Severn and Kimo Leopoldo. However, the second half of Shamrock’s fighting career hardly resembled the first, as “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” was defeated in 10 of his last 14 outings. The Lion’s Den founder last competed in November 2010, when he was stopped by Mike Bourke in two minutes at King of the Cage “Platinum.”

    Freeman has not competed since May 2008, when he earned a unanimous decision over Paul Cahoon at Cage Rage 26 and captured the promotion’s British light heavyweight title. The 42-year-old made his professional debut in 1999 and his first appearance inside the Octagon came the following year, submitting to a Scott Adams heel hook at UFC 24. “The Machine” owns 15 of his 19 career wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission and is likely best known for handing future UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir his first defeat back in 2002.

    The stories of interest on Sherdog.com this week:

    Old Timers

    Not Keeping Quiet

    Back in the Gym

    Jawbreaker

    Matches Made


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  • This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Ken Shamrock Turns 49 By: Sherdog.com Staff




    February

    10th:

    Matt Horwich (35)
    Mariusz Radziszewski (29)

    11th:

    Ken Shamrock (49)
    Cub Swanson (30)

    12th:

    Jon Madsen (33)

    13th:

    Elvis Sinosic (42)
    Anthony Lapsley (33)

    14th:

    Micah Miller (26)
    Chris Mierzwiak (25)
    Jayson Jones (24)

    15th:

    Brian Rogers (29)
    Steven Siler (26)
    Ciro Rodrigues (24)

    16th:

    Zelg Galesic (34)

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  • Want to Eat Lunch with Rich Franklin? Now You Can (For $1,000) By: Jordan Breen




    Last autumn, when it came to my attention that MMA icon and Google Alerts necessitator Ken Shamrock was offering his time on the telephone for $11.99 per minute, I thought it was a surreal sign of the times. Not only had faded MMA stars accrued enough popularity to be put on an expensive dial-an-athlete vanity line, but the MMA landscape was such that this was actually an attractive proposition.

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  • Sherdog Remembers: Bitter Rivals By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Few mixed martial arts rivalries have burned hotter than the one that existed between former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz and UFC hall of famer Ken Shamrock.

    They met for the first time at UFC 40 in 2002, as Ortiz battered Shamrock standing and on the ground for three one-sided rounds. Between rounds three and four, Shamrock’s corner asked for the fight to be stopped. Some four years later, on the heels of their coaching stint on Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Ortiz and Shamrock met again in the UFC 61 “Bitter Rivals” co-headliner at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Then-heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia successfully defended his title against Andrei Arlovski in a forgettable main event, but it was the Ortiz-Shamrock rematch that moved the needle of public interest, resulting in a $3.3 million gate and 775,000 pay-per-view buys.

    Ortiz barely broke a sweat, as he lifted the shopworn pioneer off his feet and planted him on his back. A series of unanswered elbows from inside Shamrock’s guard led referee Herb Dean to stop the fight just 78 seconds after it started. Shamrock protested immediately, even as replays showed one elbow knocking him unconscious and another appearing to rouse him. Still, the result left a bitter taste in the mouths of many, and the UFC quickly capitalized, organizing a rematch for October on Spike TV. Shamrock fared no better, as Ortiz grounded the hall of famer and finished him with punches in 2:23. Ortiz did not win another fight for nearly five years. Shamrock has never again competed in the UFC.

    UFC 61 -- which took place on this day five years ago -- was noteworthy on a number of other fronts: the promotional debut of Cheick Kongo, former heavyweight champion Frank Mir’s first victory since a motorcycle accident nearly ended his career and a bloody encounter between Joe Stevenson and Yves Edwards. In addition, UFC President Dana White famously teased a showdown between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva, inviting the two all-time greats into the cage for a staredown. However, the fight between the UFC and Pride Fighting Championships titleholders did not materialize as White and millions of fans had hoped. Liddell and Silva did not meet until December 2007, a year and a half later, when both had surrendered their titles and lost some of their luster.

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  • Shamrock Hanging by a Thread By: Jake Rossen



    Ken Shamrock file photo: Chris Dela Cruz | Sherdog.com


    To my knowledge, no footage is circulating of Ken Shamrock’s TKO loss to Mike Bourke this past holiday weekend. That may not be such a bad thing.

    Eyewitnesses to the event in South Africa say Shamrock knocked Bourke down with a right before injuring his leg during a scramble; Bourke was declared the winner. Really, Bourke didn’t beat Shamrock so much as the accumulated wear of a nearly 20-year fight career did. Look inside his gym bag and you’ll probably find duct tape.

    Perversely, Shamrock’s low profile makes him the most high-profile example of a fighter who is hanging on long past the point of reason. There’s the 3-9 record of the past eight years, with only one of those wins -- against contemporary Kimo Leopoldo in 2004 -- having a shred of validity to it. In most of those losses, he was either TKOed or came close to it. Rumors of knee problems may be the reason why he’s barely worked a solid ground game in recent memory. It’s a brutal premise for an athletic career. Imagine Roy Jones hanging on with a crippled right hand.

    There are fans who take a very liberal approach to aging fighters: as adults, they should “do whatever they want.” But there’s probably a line that exists even for those permissive types. What’s too much? If he loses 12 fights by TKO? What about 15? What’s the threshold for intervention?

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