Interview Frank Shamrock
Heute haben wir einen ganz besonderen Leckerbissen für alle MMA-Fans. Voller Stolz dürfen wir euch unser Interview mit einer echten MMA-Legende präsentieren. Kein geringerer als Frank Shamrock ist es, der sich unseren Fragen gestellt hat. Viel Spaß beim Lesen…
Dear Frank, thank you for your time and efforts to do this interview with us. Here are our questions:
MMA-Inside: Frank, as one of the all-time-greats of this sport, how did you get involved in MMA? What was your intention to start training in Kens infamous Lions Den Gym?
Frank Shamrock: I began training in 1994, days after being released from State Prison where I had been incarcerated from 18 to 21 years of age. I started training because I always wanted to become a champion in sports and this was my chance to make something of myself.
MMA-Inside: When you realized how successful Ken was at Pancrase and the UFC, did you think to yourself: „Yes, I can do that, too.“ ?
Frank Shamrock: I realized that I could be successful at Pancrase when I started to tap some of the fighters in the game. I did not know much about fighting and it was very tough.
MMA-Inside: Frank, when you fought your first pro fight, what was going through your mind, when you entered the ring in front of this crazy japanese crowd against the (at that time) rising star Bas Rutten? Wasn’t it kind of overwhelming?
Frank Shamrock: I was very nervous and scared. I was just in prison for 3 years and then overnight I was in Japan training to fight Bas Rutten. I could tell that everyone thought Bas was very tough and was going to beat me.
MMA-Inside: When talking about Bas, you and him are kind of friends nowadays, but you’ve had three very intense and competitive fights. When you look back, would you consider him your toughest opponent?
Frank Shamrock: Bas was one of them – Enson Inoue was another, perhaps the toughest was Tito Ortiz.
MMA-Inside: You evolved as a mixed martial artist very quickly from Kens protégé to one of the first well rounded fighters and the p4p number one of the sport. After many years of combat sports and more than just a few injuries, when did you realize, that the younger „new generation“ of MMA fighters were about to take over and you can’t hang with the pinnacle of the sport anymore? When was the point, when you said to yourself: „I can’t do that anymore.“ ?
Frank Shamrock: I was the first complete fighter but took a lot of damage in learning the sport. I knew early on that with age and the more I learned the faster the next Generation would learn and overtake me. This is a young mans sport.
MMA-Inside: I would like to tell you a few headwords – can you please tell us what’s crossing your mind first, when you hear them? Let’s start with…
– Bob Shamrock – kind and caring man.
– Bas Rutten – good friend and warrior.
– worst performance of your career – John Lober 1 in Superbrawl 1995
– best performance of your career – Phil Baroni in Strikeforce.
– the greatest fighter of all time – Muhammad Ali
– weight cutting – never did it, I maxed out at 191 lbs. at first it was open weight, then 199 and under and then 195
– Dana White – nada.
– UFC 1 – crazy cool and scary stuff. really open eyes to martial arts styles.
MMA-Inside: Frank, I guess that you are often asked this question, but I would like to know the following: What do you think how a fight between you and Ken would have ended at a catchweight and has there ever been a real opportunity for you to fight him?
Frank Shamrock: I would beat him quite easily especially now that we are both old. We almost got it done a few years ago. Would have been epic.
MMA-Inside: Has there been any fighter you would’ve liked to face but for whatever reasons it never took place?
Frank Shamrock: Sakuraba in 2001 and that time period. Really liked his flow and we have the same teachers.
MMA-Inside: What’s your opinion about the whole trash talk thing? Guys like Tito Ortiz, Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping or McGregor put or putted themselves into the limelight due to their smack talking abilities. They backed it up in the octagon for sure but are they a blessing or a curse for the sport? What’s your point?
Frank Shamrock: Most people suck at it because it’s not real. It’s part of the play and a good part for building a fight.
MMA-Inside: Another current topic is the never ending story about a potential fight between Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg and the weight issue between those ladies. What do you think how a fight between them would end at (let’s say) 140 lbs?
Frank Shamrock: Cyborg is unstoppable.
MMA-Inside: Finally tell us a bit about what Frank Shamrock does today? Are you still involved in MMA in any way?
Frank Shamrock: I am retired from the sport. I do consulting on MMA and don’t train or anything. My body is broken up good and now its about having a nice life. My little girl is 8 and I have a dog, lots hiking. I call fights around the world as broadcaster and work as entrepreneur and social activist. Good life. Many blessings.
MMA-Inside would like to thank Frank Shamrock for the kind interview and want to mention that Frank reacted immediately to our request and replied really quick, professional and friendly.