Ken Shamrock Interview

Ken Shamrock, also known as the “World’s Most Dangerous Man”, has been through what one can describe as a career funk; he has lost his last 5 fights and has not won since 2004, yet he gets the opportunity to redeem himself to some degree when he faces Kimbo Slice at EliteXC‘s next event on October 4 on CBS.  Shamrock granted an interview with’s Sam Caplan and a variety of subjects were discussed – including his loss to Robert Berry, his thoughts on Slice, his answer to comments made by Brett Rogers‘ camp, plus much more.  Below are some excerpts from the interview:

Sam Caplan: A lot of people were disappointed in the nature in which you lost to Robert “Buzz” Berry in March. Is there anything you can point to that caused that performance?

Ken Shamrock: Well I don’t think anyone was more disappointed than myself. A lot of things would have happened for me after that fight and I wanted that fight badly but unfortunately things didn’t work out for me. I had some real bad sickness, an illness. I came back to the States and I was sick for three weeks after but prior to that fight I had lost almost 20 pounds. From the time between leaving the States to when I was over in England, I was in bed trying to recover. Prior to weighing in I had put in two bags of fluid in me and I still only weighed 212.

So I was in pretty bad shape but because of the committment that I have to my sport, I just couldn’t step back and say “no,” which I probably should have looking back on it. But I didn’t, because I had the drive and I have this thing that I can overcome anything. And that’s been my downfall throughout my years and my career is that I don’t know when to say when.

Sam Caplan: You mentioned a lot of things could have happened for you had you won that bout. What were those things?

Ken Shamrock: It was a lot of financial opportunities that I had and I don’t want to go into that because those were my business opportunities. There’s a lot of different fights I could have had off of that with a win over Buzz Berry. It was just basically a fight I was supposed to step in and win. It was a setup fight for me and I didn’t go in and get the job done and a lot of things went by the wayside.

So I am very fortunate to get this opportunity to step in a fight Kimbo and I won’t make that mistake twice. I am going in and going in to win the fight — just like I did vs. Buzz Berry, but unfortunately things didn’t work out for me. But you know what? That’s just the way things work, you know? You go in and in this business you don’t always win. Anything can happen. It happened to me and I’ve just got to go out there and suck it up and this time get the job done.

Sam Caplan: After the fight you were released by ProElite. What did they tell you were the reasons why they were cutting your contract after one fight?

Ken Shamrock: I didn’t pay too much attention to what was said or what was done. Hell, it was a bad show for me. Even though I was sick and things didn’t work out for me, I still didn’t go out there and perform. It wasn’t the Ken Shamrock that got into this business. I’ve had a broken leg and I still competed. I went out there and tried to compete to the best of my ability — part of that though I didn’t think was my fault. Even though I did get clipped with a punch and I went down, I was nowhere even close to being out of that fight.

I went down and I was clipped and I wasn’t in the best of shape; I was sick and had lost weight and wasn’t in the best of shape; and had just basically tried to make sure I positioned myself in a place to win. But when I was clipped and had went down, I was waiting for him to get on top of me to where I could actually try and do some submissions, which is where I know he was weak at. But they stopped the fight before he ever came and touched me. I’m not saying it’s a bad stop but this is MMA and you’ve got to allow someone to finish a fight. This is not boxing where you get a 10 count or a knockdown rule. If I was laying flat on my back with my arms down on my side and I was unconscious, then I could see him stopping it but when you’ve got a guy that’s still alive and still squirming then you’ve got to allow the fight to continue; this is MMA.

So a lot of things happened in that fight. I wasn’t necessarily in the best of shape and in the best of health but at the same time I still want to go out and compete and I don’t believe I got that opportunity.

To read the rest of this intriguing interview, click here.

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