Frank Shamrock is one of the most prominent pioneers in the sport of MMA. He was truly the first well-rounded mixed martial artist, and took the scene by storm both in Pancrase and inside the UFC. Recently, Spike TV showcased a documentary, detailing the trials and tribulations that ultimately led him to becoming a world champion.
It also showcased him battling some inner demons, and he was finally able to end the feud with his brother, Ken Shamrock. It was a really moving piece that ended with some closure both for Ken and Frank.
Let’s now take a look and check out the ups and downs of Frank Shamrock’s career. A shining moment for Frank was when he battled Bas Rutten in a fight that would set the tone for the rest of his fighting career. It was a grueling affair, but he ultimately was awarded the decision.
Another amazing fight was his bout with Tito Ortiz. It was a brilliant strategy set forth by Frank, who was holding his energy until the latter rounds. It wasn’t until the fourth round that Frank locked up a submission, defending his light heavyweight championship successfully.
Shamrock would later become a world champion under the Strikeforce banner, beating Phil Baroni by technical submission to win the middleweight crown. It wasn’t until Frank fought Nick Diaz that he finally knew the torch had been passed. It was a beatdown for two rounds, and the bout forced Shamrock into retirement.
Looking back at his career, it was amazing to see the type of techniques that Shamrock implemented into his fights. He took on the Japanese way of being a martial artist and paved the way for mixed martial artists today.