Sunday, February 1, 2009
Ken Shamrock MMA Legend
MMA Legend Ken Shamrock (27-13-2) was one of the sports first stars and his fights in the 90's were some of the biggest in the world. Ken entered the MMA scene after going to Japan to enter pro wrestling. He began training in submission wrestling and the rest is history. In his fighting debut, Ken beat MMA Legend and mentor Masakatsu Funaki via arm triangle in Pancrase's first show in September of 1993.
In his next two Pancrase fights, Ken beat eventual 50+ fight veterans Kazuo Takahashi and Takaku Fuke via submission. Ken next entered the first ever UFC tournament, beating muscle bound kickboxer Patrick Smith via heel hook in less than two minutes. In his next fight, Ken got a takedown on Royce Gracie but ended up getting choked out.
Ken would go on to win the UFC Superfight belt at UFC 6 against Dan Severn who looked unstoppable. Ken defended the belt against Kimo Leopoldo at UFC 8, when Ken was most likely at his prime. Ken notched victories against UFC HW Champ/KOP champ Bas Rutten 2X (28-4), KOP Champ Masakatsu Funaki 2X, UFC Champ Dan Severn, UFC HW Champ Maurice Smith, Yoshiki Takahashi 2X, Kimo Leopoldo 2X, Patrick Smith, Ryushi Yanagisawa and many other long time mma veterans.
Prior to his foray into the WWE in 1997, Ken boasted a (23-5-2) mixed martial arts record beating some of the game's best. He has gone (4-9) since his return from professional wrestling in 2000. Ken'strategy of slugging it out with his opponents has not worked.
In addition to his prowess as a fighter, Ken is also a great trainer. Ken was one of the first fighters to really push the camp name. At the Lion's Den, Ken has developed some excellent MMA talent that have excelled inside and outside the ring including Mikey Burnett, Vernon White, Jerry Bohlander, Tra Telligman, Pete Williams and Guy Mezger. In Ken's last fight, he defeat 350+ pound Ross Clifton.
Here is a highlight video "The Leader of the Den":