Ken "The World's Most Dangerous Man" Shamrock is a retired UFC Hall of Famer former professional wrestler and bare-knuckle boxing promoter. Shamrock was also the inaugural Pancrase Openweight Champion.
Ken Shamrock with, Minoru Suzuki and Masakatsu Funaki formed the Pancrase in 1993. Shamrock made his professional MMA debut in 1993 at Pancrase 1 against Masakatsu Funaki. He followed it up by winning the next 2-fights at Pancrase. After this, Shamrock went to the United States to fight in the UFC 1 Tournament.
Shamrock won the opening round fight against Patrick Smith but lost in the next round against Royce Gracie via submission(gi choke). This was Shamrock's first defeat in professional MMA.
After the tournament, Ken went back to compete in Pancrase and defeated Andre Oetelaar at Pancrase 4 via first-round submission(Achilles Lock). Shamrock next fo Minoru Suzuki at Pancrase: Pancrash! 1 and lost via first-round kneebar. This was Shamrock's first defeat in Pancrase. He bounced back from the loss by winning the next three fights before losing to Funaki at Pancrase: Road to Championship 4.
Shamrock then went back to the United States to fight in the UFC 3 one-night tournament with the tournament promoted as the ultimate rematch between Shamrock and Gracie. Shamrock dominated Christopher Leininger in the quarterfinals and Felix Mitchell in the semi-final but refused to compete in the final as Royce Gracie had pulled out of the tournament.
After the tournament, Shamrock returned to Pancrase to defeat Takaku Fuke at Pancrase Road to the Championship 5 and took part in the Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament.
Shamrock dominated everyone in the tournament as he defeated Alex Cook, Maurice Smith, and Masakatsu Funaki in his journey to the final against Manabu Yamada.
Shamrock's fight against Yamada was a 30-minute duel that ended in a Ken Shamrock win via unanimous decision to become the inaugural Pancrase Openweight Champion.
Kan defeated Leon Djik at Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 1 and then defended his title for the first time at Pancrase: Eyes of Beast against Bas Rutten. Ken dominated Rutten in the grappling area and submitted him in 61-seconds via kneebar.
Following the defense, Shamrock went to the UFC to fight Royce Gracie at UFC 5 for the inaugural UFC Superfight Championship. Gracie and Shamrock went toe-to-toe as they put on a competitive fight for 36-minutes that ended in a draw because there were no judges to judge the bout. Due to this, Shamrock declared that he wanted to fight Gracie again as a draw result did not do justify the fight.
After the competitive fight against Gracie, Shamrock returned to Pancrase to defend his King of Pancrase title against Minoru Suzuki. Suzuki got the better of Shamrock in the fight and submitted him via kneebar in 2-minutes and 14-seconds.
Shamrock then got booked by the UFC to fight Dan Severn at UFC 6 to determine the inaugural UFC Superfight Championship. Unlike the Gracie fight, Shamrock did not have any problem in the bout as he submitted Severn in 2 minutes and 14 seconds via guillotine choke submission. He defended his UFC title against Oleg Taktarov at UFC 6 in a 33-minute encounter that resulted in a draw due to no judges being present in the fight.
Shamrock won his next 3-fights before rematching Dan Severn at UFC. The fight had special rules as the District Attorney of Michigan stated that the bout cannot have any closed-fisted strikes to the head or headbutts.
Severn took his revenge on Shamrock as he won the 30-minute fight via split decision to end Shamrock's UFC Superfight Championship.
Shamrock next entered the Ultimate Ultimate 1996 tournament and defeated Brian Johnston via forearm choke submission. However, he later withdrew from the tournament due to an injury to his hand.
After this fight, Shamrock left MMA to focus on his wrestling career and joined WWE. He stated the drying up of finances in MMA as a reason for this career change.
Ken Shamrock Return to MMA
Ken Shamrock returned to MMA in 2000 at the Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals against Alexander Otsuka. He won the fight via KO(punches) at the 9-minute and 43-second mark. Following this, Shamrock fought Kazuyuki Fujita at Pride 10. Shamrock dominated Fujita in the corner but got his corner to throw in the towel because he thought he was suffering from a heart attack.
Shamrock returned to action at WMMAA 1: Mega fights against Sam Adkins. Ken made short work of Adkins and submitted him inside 90 seconds via kimura to win the WMMAA Heavyweight Title.
Ken next fought Don Frye in a grudge match built upon trash talk by Don Fyre that caused Ken to retaliate. The Feud cumulated with a fight at Pride 19 where Don Fyre edged out a close split-decision victory.
Shamrock's career went on a downturn after the Fyre Loss as he went 1-3 in his next 4-fights with his only win coming against Kimo Leopoldo and his losses coming against Tito Ortiz, Rich Franklin, and Kazushi Sakuraba. He then became a coach on the 3rd season of TUF opposite Tito Ortiz with both of them scheduled to fight at the end of the season.
Shamrock lost the fight against Tito Ortiz at UFC 61 and lost the trilogy fight at UFC Fight Night 6.5. Following the Ortiz losses, the UFC released Shamrock.
Ken Shamrock Retirement
Instead of retiring from the sport as a legend, Shamrock continued to fight in the regional circuit where he went 2-3 before signing up with Bellator in 2015.
Shamrock lost his Bellator debut fight at Bellator 138 against Kimbo Slice and then lost his next fight at Bellator 149 against fellow MMA legend Royce Gracie. Following the Gracie loss, Shamrock stopped competing in MMA.
Ken Shamrock Career Stats
Ken Shamrock's current record stands at 28-17-2. He retired from MMA in 2018.