Frank Shamrock and Dana White have never been good buddies. After Frank beat Tito Ortiz to defend his title for a 4th time, he left the UFC and said he’d never come back as long as Dana was running the show. No one really knows what happened, but the UFC mostly tries to erase Frank from the past. You’ve probably never seen an Unleashed episode, featured DVD, etc. that has a Frank Shamrock match in it. Dana White goes back and forth- sometimes Frank is an idiot, while sometimes there’s a chance Frank comes back to the UFC.
When Zuffa bought Strikeforce, we (and others) thought that Frank Shamrock, Paul Daley, Josh Barnett, (and others) were basically done in US MMA. Perhaps the door isn’t slammed shut yet for Frank- or rather, it was never really slammed shut in the first place due to the weird relationship between Frank and Dana. Given that Frank acknowledges the business savvy of the UFC and has taken a more conciliatory tone, it’s not out of the question that Frank comes to work for the UFC as a commentator or in some sort of backstage role.
If Frank ‘became a Jake Shields fan’ after Shields vs Dan Henderson, why couldn’t Frank become a UFC backer after this latest deal? Obviously, it’s the best business decision for him personally to make, and Frank is still a ‘name’ who can draw if he goes back to brand Zuffa. He’s also usually the best commentator of the Strikeforce broadcasts although unfortunately that isn’t saying a whole lot. The point is, Frank Shamrock could probably contribute significantly to the UFC’s operations.
Frank is one of the athletes with a Yardbarker account, so maybe, just maybe, he’ll make a post and we’ll be able to find out more about his future plans shortly.
Quote of the day: “I’ve talked to Frank Shamrock many times. Frank Shamrock will lead you to believe that we’ve never talked and we completely have hated each other forever and everything else. He’s a weird guy. He’s a very, very weird guy. I can’t explain it. Frank is a weird guy.” –Dana White