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Frank Shamrock Talks Not Being In UFC Hall Of Fame, Upcoming Mega-Fights

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The following are highlights of a new Submission Radio interview with MMA legend Frank Shamrock: On wanting to potentially fight Anderson Silva “Totally. I thought that I’d fight ’till I was 45. And I remember Anderson Silva who was a young man when I was a young man. You know, (he) was around the game, was learning, was studying. I remember him as the soft spoken Muay Thai guy. To see his development and to see his progress in MMA, I always knew, it’s like Martial Arts. The guys who keep studying will eventually be the guys at the front going ‘check this out’.” I always knew that eventually these guys would come back around and I’d be in line to face him (Anderson), Vitor, you know, all those guys. But I also knew my back has been jacked since I was 16. You know, when I was 16 my leg went numb and the doctors where like ‘you need surgery, you’re never gonna play sports, and you’re gonna be a patient for the rest of your life’. And I was like ‘no way, I wanna be a world champion’. So I’ve had this injury, this progressive problem that I knew was going to catch up to me. And unfortunately it caught up to me in my third phase of my career, when I was swinging against (Nick) Diaz.” On if Frank would have chosen to go fight in the UFC if he knew he had such a short amount of time left on his career “By the time Strikeforce had come along, that was already a whole other kind of a third career for me. I was already retired twice and I didn’t expect that, you know the whole Strikeforce thing was totally unexpected. And I went for as long as I could, and I had the time of my life, and I was in so many roles there, that it wasn’t just about becoming the Strikeforce world champion or the Middle Weight World Champion, it was about getting on Network television and competing against the UFC and so many other things. And I was so deeply tied to the cause of Mixed Martial Arts and competition to the UFC in an open market place, so I was just blessed to have that third career. I never cared, I never anticipated it, I was golfing, I was like ‘I’m never gonna fight again’. And Scott was like ‘no dude we gotta, there’s a shot here and you should, you know go back to work.” On being inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame and on Frank’s relationship with Dana “My relationship remains the same, which seems like we stand on two sides of the fence. But you know, I’m not opposed to being in the Hall of Fame, it just is what it is, you know. I organically, you know, because of my star power and because of ability to do business, I organically started a competition. And it just put myself, my brand, and my company at odds with the UFC, and they take it very personal when you stand against them. You know to me, I’m just very blessed to be successful in business, I had a successful fighting career, I’ve been able to turn that into Television, and you know I feel very blessed that I’m able to provide for my family through Martial Arts. And you know I made some enemies along the way, but I stood for what I believed in and you know, I didn’t compromise.” On being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, and intensions to mend bridges with the UFC and Dana White “It’s not something that I desire. I mean, I’m in the black belt hall of fame, I’m in the American martial arts hall of fame, I’m in the Guinness World records for my accolades, I’ve spoken to the Senate. You know for me it was about this personal journey, and you know if the UFC wants to recognise it that’s great, if they don’t, that’s great. It’s not really my business, it’s not really my company, so there’s nothing I can do about it. But I would hope that someone who worked so hard for the sport would be recognized for it, and I hope in the future, people that work so hard for the sport get recognized for it.” On the fight that Frank Shamrock wished he had “I wish I closed the deal with CBS to fight Ken Shamrock, my brother. Because that would have been the biggest fight of all time.” On if drugs in MMA are getting worse, or have always been bad, but nobody ever tested properly “I think they’re getting worse, because the culture is so and has been so relaxed about it and so, you know more of ‘find a solution’ (rather) than ‘stop problem’. So I think their getting worse” On who wins between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier “I honestly think that Daniel Cormier is probably the most well trained wrestler/boxer, you know sort of MMA fighter in this era, and I don’t think Jon Jones is gonna get away from him or be able to knock him out. So you know, I think while Jones is probably 2 or 3 times the athlete, you know the rules of MMA dictate (that) if you’re on top and your punching first, you know if you cut the angle, you’re doing the damage, and I just think Cormier’s gonna do all the damage.” On who wins between Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva “The problem with that fight is Diaz’s takedowns aren’t like impacting strong. You know he’s like grab, and turn angle, but it’s not like rip you down and take you down. And Silva’s a guy you’ve gotta blast through with a strong take down. So my concern with that fight is that as it progresses, the length, the confidence of Silva is gonna damage Diaz, and the inability to take him down is gonna damage him more, and I don’t think Diaz is gonna come out winning that fight.” On fighting Bas Rutten in his First MMA fight in his career “It was just crazy because I didn’t know Bas was that good, and nobody had really explained that to me. And, you know I only trained for about 6 months before I went to Japan, and I was told ‘yeah your gonna fight Bas and that’s in three weeks’, and so the whole thing really kinda came on me quickly and I didn’t really even get it, until half way through the fight.” On second fight against Bas “Unlike the first time where I was super hungry and focused and had great vascular condition, second time around I really felt like I had Bas figured out. So I was like, I don’t really need to train that hard, you know. I just need to do X,Y and Z. So the problem with that was, he came even more prepared after the first fight where I beat him. So after about 5 minutes I got tired and I ran out of strategies, and I was literally going through my list of strategies, and I just remember Bas being very vocal and being very sensitive about things said in the ring, and actions, and all kinds of stuff, and for whatever reason right at that moment I was like ‘wow I have no way to win this, but if I could get him to foul me, or hit me, or lose his temper, I bet you I can get a point and I can ride this thing out’. And so that was my strategy, I tried to get him as mad as possible, and I mocked him and stuck my tongue at him. I can’t remember the stuff I was telling him, but eventually he just balled up his fist and just ploughed me in the face. And that was my – and we were half way through the fight – and that was my strategy. I was gonna hang on, and you know, bob and weave, and dance, and move, and hopefully not get hurt, and get out of that fight with a point” On crazy fan experiences and stories from his time in Japan “You know I didn’t get it for the first couple of years, but after a while I was hanging out with one of the old time pro wrestler guys, and a one of the beautiful Japanese women had come up and presented her card, and I go ‘oh nice to meet you’ and I took her card, and he goes ‘hey let me see that card’. And I show it to him and he said ‘that’s a personal card’. He goes ‘call that number’. And I go why? He goes ‘she’s probably waiting around the corner for you’. I go ‘no she’s not’. I called the number, she’s like ‘Hi! Yes I’m around the corner’ and I’m like ‘oh my goodness!’. So just like totally different mindset and experience over there with women and sexuality, and that to me was, you know I’m from a country town so I was pretty blown away by th…

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