There is a name in the world of martial arts that is respected by designers around the world – and that name is Ken Shamrock.
For years, Shamrock dominated the UFC and after his transition to the WWF became a household name. But the question is: How did Shamrock become the "most dangerous man in the world" and why?
In a recent interview with Fox News, Shamrock talked about his childhood, his legacy in the world of martial arts, and his new Bare Knuckle Valor event.
Fox News: How did you get the title of "most dangerous person in the world?"
Ken Shamrock : In the past, when I was fighting in Japan and then of course , they went into the UFC and I was fighting there, this television came in and they were pointing out the most dangerous food, animals, places and people in the world. And they chose me as their most dangerous person in the world.
When they came it was in the year 94. I believe so, we were not treated very well. We were like people who were animals, like a human cock. And so we didn't get a lot of pleasant feedback. So when they came and wanted to do the story, which was basically to me, "Hold, what's your angle?" Because obviously I had three children and a family and didn't want to drag them through unnecessary public criticism with them, showing the family and all the things they wanted to do. So I wanted to know what their direction would be and when I explained the first part of the photo I liked it. What they wanted to do was put me in the ring in the corner, jumping up and down, getting ready to go. And then they would move to the other corner and hit that shadow. And that shade was with jewelry for the head, those gloves and then they would press against the shoe, and she was handling shoes and then she would rise up her legs, and her foot looked a little small for the combat shoe, and then continued up the leg, then up to the glove where the big glove was there, then up to the chest and arm, then straight to the head. And that was my 10-year-old son, who was wearing head jewelry, his big old boxing gloves, and sword fighting. And he came across and started hitting me, starting to fight. What they wanted to do, which I think turned the wave on how people look at us. We became people. We were no different than other people, we just did something different for our work. And added a little humanity to who we are and what we are. Weren't we those people who went out of jail and killed people.
Fox News: What was your childhood? Were there any moments that stood out to you that could have a big impact on your life?
Ken Shamrock: My mother, a biological mother, wasn't home much; she works as a dancer. And I remember one time when she was and I don't remember too many times she was home, she was there with us, but I remember there was a shop around the corner. And we were going backwards and as we were going backwards we were in this bad area, really it was the ghetto. And here we lived. I mean, we're walking down the sidewalk and there were these hills, and I was five years old this time, so it's very clear to me. We walk between these houses in a dark area. And as we walked and it was just when the sun was starting to go down, it was not dark, but it was just starting to fade, you can still see this man coming from behind the bushes and pulling his pants over his head and down from his neck down. naked and he literally started chasing my mother. So my mom grabbed my hand and started pulling me and we went to the store. So there was a bag of groceries and milk and all kinds of stuff inside and she dropped it. And I remember pulling me all the way. She was screaming and crying and you know the man was obviously not around. She escaped. I don't even know what happened, I just know I saw it. The next thing I know I was a cement drug. When I got home, my knees were just bloody and scraped to the bone. This is the area where we lived, where there was constant battle and constant war. And at a young age you are constantly fighting people and constantly having problems and problems because that is exactly where you were. And yes. So I remembered. And then I don't remember much, but there are some things that I remember.
Fox News: Does this make you feel like you need to learn to protect not only yourself, but those around you?
Ken Shamrock: Yeah. It was not good. I remember we moved from Georgia, where I grew up, and moved to Napa, which was more middle class. And it was pretty much African-American, where I lived in Georgia. And then we moved to this all-white neighborhood.
I remember being where I didn't fit. I did not treat people who did not understand the culture well. I dress differently, I act differently. I speak differently. And I remember in school the first day I was in school.
And these kids started talking about me. I was 10 years old at the time. And I saw them talking, and I saw the crowds gather. I leaned my back against the wall because I knew something was going to happen. At least I had some protection. So these kids started going up and I remember being like, "OK, I have to figure out which of these guys is the alpha male. Which of these guys is the leader? And something I learned at a young age, you know you have to go after who is the biggest and worst person. Take them out. They start walking, I lower my head and just when I start to hit, I hear it. "What, do you think you are difficult?"
My thought is thinking as they came here to beat me or talk to me. And I can't figure out if they are here to fight me or if they are here to talk to me. I mean, no, they're not pretty, but I still can't say, because where I'm from, it's not happening. So, he started talking about good after school and met me at the gym at three o'clock and we would fight. I seemed to misunderstand this. This never happened where I was. But he said the word "fight" now. I knew that.
And I hit him. And when I hit him, he came down and I started kicking him in the face and body in case he wanted to get up. I knew I had a few others to deal with. And as I kick it, I'm waiting for it to hit me, so I looked up. And these guys are running, they're leaving. I was sent home from school the first day and then I realized who I was and what I would be.
Basically, I was made by someone who was not interested in me. And that the only way to survive is to look after you. Th.
There was no love, I don't remember being told "I love you", I don't remember any of those things. So it was that you know you have several different types of characters. One of them seems to feel victimized, and the other character is the one who makes the sacrifice whatever it is because I would not allow anyone to sacrifice me.
Fox News: Tell me about your rivalry with Royce Gracie, what did you do as a fighter?
Ken Shamrock: It was actually awkward. It feels like a story I never finished. I felt I was better. I felt that the opportunities I received were changed, all the time rules changing time constraints, changing things that were created for them, not me and his brothers and his family, the ones who ran the organization. I just felt like they were constantly, they were always trying to put some problem in front of me so I couldn't get to where I wanted to go. You cannot deny a person's ability. He was good. He won a bunch of tournaments. He was good. So can you imagine someone being so good and being good, but you don't have all the experience they have. I was two and a half years old. He was 20 years old personally, and then 50 years with his family. And then you have to deal with adversity through the event. And so I just felt that my congestion was constantly being put in front of me. And then when I finally got the chance to fight them, where it would even be mano mano without having a family. Only me and him were in the ring.
"He kneels me in the nuts, and the reflex does not see him, and they raise his hand."
And then he goes into the press conference and says well, we are so used to fighting. Like, he did it on purpose. And so it was one of those things when people mentioned his name. I respect him. I respect him as a fighter. What he did for the sport and what he did with beating many guys. But on the flip side of that, I also know what kind of person is out of the ring and that I can't see anyone accepting victory knowing that you landed on a low shot, knowing that you did it and then just saying, "Oh yes, I beat it . "
Fox News: How did the UFC go about fighting?
Ken Shamrock: It was good. I mean, obviously, the same kind of situation where the company couldn't pay me when I needed to, I had houses for fighters, I had gyms, I had family and group homes for children, all those things I supported and I wasn't able to earn the money I needed because we were constantly in court and trying to fight to continue in these different countries. So they just spent a lot of money. And I remember that when the time came, I was promised a contract, and Bob Mayowitz came to me to say, "Just, you know, we just don't have the money right now. We are constantly inside and outside the court. I can't pay you what you need. "And I said well, I understand, but I do. I really do. But I have to do something else because I cannot support my family with what I will get. And I said it would be a problem. I said, but I will I'm going to do something and we will understand this thing and it will start rolling and I will come back. So then I went into professional wrestling. So I trained with Bret Hart and he helped me understand the psychology of wrestling and how to take this one. " the most dangerous person in the world "and to be able to insert a fight ring and how to do what I do and not do it it's professional fighters, "Don't be a fighter. Be the most dangerous person in the world." And that's what I took most from Brett. That's why Vince has made you here to be the most dangerous man in the world. So when I went against Vader in the first game, we went into it. Great match. I liked it, the fans liked it. And that was an experience for me, because then I realized what I actually needed to do to be a professional fighter.
Fox News: Are there any coincidences of dreams that you never received that you might still have one day?
Ken Shamrock: There's a lot, you know, there's Brock Lesnar. You know there's Kurt Angle. But the only thing I can say is that it can still happen and we both went down different paths and were very successful, but still our foot in the fight would be The Rock. The Rock is someone I respect and have always respected because we cut our teeth at each other and really built our characters and careers together. And I always thought I missed the opportunity to go up and really come after that heavyweight belt when he was up there, and I thought that was exactly what would happen to me. I mean I work for the Intercontinental and he went up and then I thought I would go after him and have, you know, Rock and Stone Stud and Brad Hart and I, and there would be a four of us – So we just we will continue one after another and that has never happened. He just stopped. And so I always had it in my mind that I would love [have] to be able to finish this program with The Rock.
Fox News: What would you say is your greatest achievement?
Ken Shamrock: I would definitely say that he is the first Champion of Pinker in Japan. That was the first achievement and then I would say probably the UFC super fight, because that guy who beat Dan Seven, who just beat all the champions that year and I was the best fighter in the world. And then he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, which put an amazing sign on him. And in the professional fight you must be king of the ring. I thought that really said Ken Shamrock had arrived.
Fox News: What was your lowest moment?
Ken Shamrock: Oh, boy. I'd probably say when I blew my knee. At that moment, I was never the same. I could never shoot as I used to, I could never shoot as before. I started losing duels, but in my mind I always felt that I was overcoming it. I kept trying because that's my mentality. I will never give up. I will always try to find a way to win.
Fox News: Tell me about Bellator 149 and your failed drug test, you were tested positive for nandrolone, methadone and you have an increased T / E ratio, how did that happen?
Ken Shamrock: Yeah, it was kind of weird too, because as I remember getting in there and I've always been under the medical treatment for growth hormone and testosterone to replace TRT, especially when I was in my 40s your age.
You know I started regressing injuries and things like that, so I went to a doctor and he started putting me on these different things and that actually helped me regress my age and be able to keep competing, but I had to left before we went there and fought you. So in the off-season I would only do this for my health. And then when it was, I got a fight to fight, I would go out and I would start training and going in and fighting. Well, I didn't realize when I got into a fight with Kimbo that in Texas they don't usually do drug tests properly. So I thought I would just stay on my medicine, that I was already at work and then I would go on and the battle would be fine. Well, I'm coming to find out they're testing. And so I had three weeks before that. So I tried to get off and started doing all the cardio and sweating and doing my best to try to get everything out. And I was saying that it is very minimal, it is enough to just look for a doctor, which will help me slow down the radical development and get old. And it just didn't work out that way. So yes, it was a shame. Like you said every time I go into a ring and fight I'm not on. And I never want to be involved because it really hurts. But as I said, this is one of those things you know I didn't understand what they were going to do. And I think I was 51 at the time. So it wasn't like jumping on something and trying to be a bodybuilder. You know I just didn't do that. I was a fighter. This is how it happened.
Fox News: Valor Bare Knuckle is holding its first open event on September 21, you are returning pit battles, bare bones style, how did this event happen?  Ken Shamrock: Well, the event itself is at The Forebears Casino on September 21st, which you know is not very far away. And this is our first you know. The reason I do it, I remember in 1993, when we first made bare bones, and I went in there and nobody knew what to expect, and then of course, the first fight with Gerard Gordo and Tuli came in and threw right and kicked him, literally the adrenaline in my body went through the roof. And then I remember when I went in and fought bare-bones gloves and the feeling of that cleanliness, roughness and strength was no excuse and no equipment to improve you, it was a god given talent, and I feel in love with it.
Fox News: What do you want the world to remember about Ken Shamrock?
Ken Shamrock: I did it all by myself. You know, when I got in there, I started fighting, no matter how old I was. No matter what the opponent, I went in to fight and then I always threw away my career, I wanted to make sure the fans appreciated me, I want to make sure they like what I do and if they don't, find a way to do it . It was important to me. I don't know why, but it was. I want people to know that I don't care.