By Chris Howie
Feb 11th, 2009
MMANews.com was able to catch up with Ken Shamrock prior to his fight this weekend at the WarGod’s and KSP St. Valentine’s Day Massacre show on Feb 13th in Fresno, CA and when the topic of Frank Shamrock, his adoptive brother, came up, Ken was not to pleased about the way things have turned out for their proposed match up.
“Frank’s been talking about fighting me forever. Every time it comes down to fighting me though, he backs out. From early on I was very skeptical about fighting him because all he does is get all the press he possibly can out of fighting me – doing interviews and getting time on TV and stuff – and then when it comes time to fight he doesn’t. This is the fourth time he’s back out of a fight with me. It’s the same thing with Kimbo Slice. He wants none of me because he knows he’ll get his ass kicked.”
When asked about Frank recently stating that Ken was the one who didn’t want to fight, the UFC Hall of Famer had the following reply:
“Dude, I’ve given that many interviews about this and not one time have I ever said I didn’t want the fight. He is the only one that ever brings anything up about not fighting. Every single time this is what happens and I keep telling people that. You’ve never heard me say I don’t want to fight Frank. He will always come up with an excuse to not fight me. He did it with Wanderlei Silva, he did it with Sakuraba, and he did it with Rickson Gracie. He challenges people to fight because he wants the press and people to cover him but when it comes down to fighting he always finds a way out of it.”
Frank will be fighting April 11th against Nick Diaz for Strikeforce on Showtime and Ken was surprised to see that fight happen when they had been planning a fight.
“Tell me this; I was supposed to fight Frank. Who is he fighting now? He’s fighting a 155lb Nick Diaz instead of me because he is telling people I was having personal problems. He’s a chump, he’s a poser, and he’s a punk. He needs to either get in there with me and fight or he needs to shut up.”
“Frank wants attention. He wants people to think he is a legend. He wants people to call him a legend. No one ever called him a legend. He started calling himself a legend, he gave himself that name. He’d an idiot. He tries to get people to buy into him. For so long people have been trying to get him to fight somebody credible and he won’t fight them.”
Shamrock is not getting any younger and there will come a point where Ken’s body may not have the go it used to. He wants the fight with his brother but it seems to be just getting tiresome for him at this point.
“I’m tired of talking about it. Every time I do Frank uses it to get media attention. I say this over and over again, I want the fight but it won’t happen because Frank will make an excuse when it’s time to fight for it not to happen. If he comes to me again with the fight what am I suppose to do? This is four times now. What are people going to think? I want the fight. If he walked in front of me today I’d punch a hole in his head because he’s a poser and a fake. He’s a chicken.”
Ken also says that this is the most personal the fight has ever been due to the fact Frank won’t go and visit there dying father, Bob.
“My father is lying in a bed dying. My father went to prison when Frank was in there and would help him out and took care of him while he was in prison. When Frank got out he took him in and asked him me to take care of him. I put him up in my house. My father took care of him and I trained him. I got him fights, I took him to Japan, I got him to where he needed to be and then he walked out on us. My father is dying in a hospital bed and has asked Frank to go see him numerous times and he doesn’t go see him. He’s supposed to be his son. I want to put Frank in a hospital bed. He’s been doing this for years and I’m just tired of it. I’m sick of him talking. He’s a pussy. He needs to put up or shut up.”
Whether in happens in a ring or cage has been the question for many MMA fans out there, but with all the bad blood and heat between these two, it could happen elsewhere.
“I won’t wait, because eventually I’m going to run in Frank. End of story.”
*NOTE* Check back tomorrow to read the complete interview with Ken Shamrock