Ken Shamrock is one of the legends of the Mixed Martial Arts and Pro-Wrestling business.
Currently semi-retired, Ken Shamrock was present in important eras of both UFC and WWE.
He is also a UFC Hall of Famer
Early Life and career:
Ken Shamrock came from a military family and early in his life, he was often left to fend for
himself. Shamrock was excellent at sports early in his life and played baseball and football.
At 13, he was kicked out of his home by his stepfather and lived in group homes for a long
time, until he came to Bob Shamrock’s Boy’s Home, where he was adopted by Bob
Shamrock legally. In high school, Shamrock excelled in wrestling and football, but when the
offers came, he declined the offer for football to pursue professional wrestling.
MMA Career and UFC:
Ken Shamrock is one of those fighters who was part of the very first UFC show. He took part
in UFC 1 wherehe fought in two fights. He lost to Royce Gracie and beat Patrick Smith. For a
long time Ken Shamrock also fought in Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling, with some UFC fights in
the middle including UFC 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 before he left MMA temporaririly for a run in
WWE and Wrestling Career:
Ken Shamrock was a big part of WWE between 1997 and 1999, appearing as a part of
Vince McMahon’s Corporation and helping him. He was booked as a legitimate fighter, who
could break people’s ankles if he had to. Later on Shamrock also wrestled in TNA.
Return to MMA:
Post 2000, he returned to MMA and fought in Pride and UFC, as well as Cage Rage. Ken
Shamrock has been criticised for fighting past his prime. His last two fights took place at
Bellator, and the last fight of his career saw him lose to Royce Gracie at Bellator 149.
Currently his record stands at 28-17-2.