Ken Shamrock

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Ken Shamrock (born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick) is a mixed martial arts fighter. He is most well known for his participation in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and his stint in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE).

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Career

Shamrock had started as a professional wrestler in small promotions in the Carolinas, being managed by Paul Jones, and from there he went to Japan, namely the Japanese UWF and its successor promotions, Fujiwara Gumi and Pancrase.

Back in the States, Shamrock first appeared in UFC #1 and as of 2005 is still making occasional appearances in UFC, giving him the distinction of the longest fighting UFC fighter to date. Shamrock is noted for his involvement in the Lion's Den, a group dedicated to the training of mixed martial arts fighters. Many Lion's Den fighters such as Pete Williams, Jerry Bolander, and Tra Telligman have achieved a modicum of success in mixed martial arts.

During his time in the WWF, he was billed as "The World's Most Dangerous Man." He was initially a face, but eventually joined Vince McMahon's Corporation faction as a heel.

April 9, 2005, proved to be a turning point in Shamrock's career and future in mixed martial arts. Main eventing the first ever UFC appearance on basic cable TV, on the popular reality series The Ultimate Fighter, Shamrock faced rising star Rich Franklin in a light heavyweight bout. Although Shamrock posessed a much deeper level of experience, he was soundly defeated by a TKO decision in the first round, thus instantly establishing Franklin as a legitimate threat to other UFC competitors.

In a post match interview, Shamrock indicated that he was unsure of his future in the UFC or MMA in general.

He has appeared in the films Champions, Virtuosity, and Scarecrow Gone Wild.

Quotes

  • "I'm The World's Most Dangerous Man"
  • "I'm in the ZONE!"

Finishing/Signature Move(s)

Titles/Accomplishments

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) ranked him # 226 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
  • Shamrock won the 1997 PWI Most Improved Wrestler Award.


WWE Intercontinental Championship Reigns
Preceded by:
Triple H
First Succeeded by
Val Venis

Trivia

  • According to Ken himself, he lived in cars, and was abandoned as a child. This was also included in his character in the WWF.
  • Along with his brother, Frank, he is adopted.
  • He is the head of the Lion's Den, a school of submission style fighting.
  • His name was offically changed to Ken Shamrock.

External links

  • MMA Fight Record (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterid=4)

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