Frank Shamrock has a long, storied and controversial history in the world of mixed martial arts. If he is known for one thing, it is speaking his mind – correct or incorrect, for better or for worse. As a former UFC light heavyweight champion, Strikeforce fighter and MMA commentator, it is not surprising that he has strong opinions about the UFC’s purchase of Strikeforce in 2011 and about the way Strikeforce has been run since then.
During an interview on The MMA Hour, Shamrock said that, although he would prefer to see Strikeforce continue to grow and be successful, he does not expect that to be the case. Although Zuffa, the company that now owns both the UFC and Strikeforce, has continued to put on Strikeforce events, many of the best fighters on the Strikeforce roster have been brought over to the UFC. This is a trend that Shamrock expects to see continue, saying,
“Strikeforce is alive and it has a great soul. It’s just that they’ve been picking the soul out of it and taking the talent away from it and now it’s a shell. It can definitely be rebuilt. Strikeforce was amazing. The idea of it is still, it still has value. But the way it is being treated, they are plucking all the value out of it.”
Shamrock achieved a record of 23 wins and 10 losses during his mixed martial arts career, with notable wins over Cesar Gracie, Tito Ortiz and Jeremy Horn. He ended his career after back-to-back TKO losses in Strikeforce to Cung Le and Nick Diaz.