Jack Brown: You are next scheduled to fight fellow MMA veteran, Ian Freeman, on July 27th, at UCFC 6, in England. This will be your first MMA fight in two and a half years. How did this matchup come about, what do you think about your opponent, and how will it be to have your nephew, Jeff Shamrock, fighting on the same card?
Ken Shamrock: Well that fight's not happening. Unfortunately, like we just got done talking about promoters and things of that nature, that is exactly what happened. We put a contract together and we made a deal. They came back to me, probably after about four weeks, with the contract that we agreed upon and said that, "We don't want to do that contract." Ha-ha. I was just like, "Wait a minute. What did you say?" It's like I'm from another world sometimes. It's like, "You made a deal, but you don't want it no more. You want to pay me less. Okay. That sounds great. Let's just do it then."
So that's the stuff that I have to run into now that I'm kind of independent and doing my own thing. A lot of times I run into that, where people, what they do, which is what they're doing on this, they put my name on the card. They try to sell tickets as much as they can. Then they'll come back and say, "Well, listen, we can't pay you this much," and think that I'm going to go ahead and fight. Even if I don't fight, they've already got those ticket sales and they'll just blame it on me. They'll say, "Shamrock is a no-show."
Now I've got my work cut out for me to get that out there so that I can let people know that this was negotiated a long time ago, and these guys are in breach of contract, and they're the ones not holding up their end of the bargain. So, like I said, now I have to do my due diligence to let my fans and other people realize that, hey, this is the kind of stuff that goes on. Most of the time I wouldn't do that, but in this situation they keep selling tickets with me supposedly going to be there to fight. Then when I don't show, they're going to blame it on me.
JB: Wow. This hasn't been officially announced though, right? I couldn't find that. I specifically looked to make sure you were still on the card, and I couldn't find anything saying that you weren't.
KS: No. There's no advertising it. They have twenty-five days of breach of contract as of today. So I was like, "What's going on? You've announced that I'm still fighting. You know I'm not fighting. You're still telling the people that I'm fighting. And you're in breach of this contract.”
JB: Is your nephew, Jeff, still fighting on that same card?
KS: No. No. No. There's no way that I'd send him. England, they don't have a sanctioning body so that's the reason why we've done this escrow, where they put the money into escrow. We know that when we get to England these contracts aren't valid because there's no sanctioning body. So these contracts are not legal. So that's why we did it that way, and now they're, which we didn't think they would do because it's stupid business, but they're trying to pull that now.