Here's an interesting excerpt from an interview Frank Shamrock recently did with Fiveouncesofpain.com:
FiveOuncesOfPain: When trying to determine the identity of your opponent for April 11, I asked a source if it might be Robbie Lawler. The source replied, “No way. Frank Shamrock wants no part of Robbie Lawler.” I wanted to see if I could get you to respond to that.
Frank Shamrock: Well, whoever told you that was probably smoking crack with Ken Shamrock.
FiveOuncesOfPain: Speaking of Ken, it would appear you’re once again having a war of words with him. Howeber, after your father, Bob Shamrock, became ill and was hospitalized this past September, I was under the impression that you and Ken had made amends. But it appears the relationship between the two of you has become strained again. What happened?
Frank Shamrock: My father is ill and is in the hospital now. I went to see him because I didn’t want to live in the past. I never reconciled with Ken. I’m just disappointed that I spent a lot of time and money on this possible fight between us and he’s pretty much thrown the opportunity by the wayside. It’s just frustrating to me and then he has the nerve to go out and say that I wouldn’t sign a contract and “blah, blah, blah.” Whatever. I just think it’s a big joke.
FiveOuncesOfPain: So Ken is claiming you never signed a contract to fight him?
Frank Shamrock: Yeah. He’s a liar. Because it was my idea and my money. I brought the investors and I made the contract for him. Once again, he’s probably smoking crack because he’s really out there now.
FiveOuncesOfPain: What did you think of his recent decision to fight on a smaller show against Ross Clifton, a 360 pound fighter with a 6-8 record? What do you think of Ken resorting to that level of a fight?
Frank Shamrock: Well, it’s obvious that he’s at the end of his rope and grasping for straws at this point. He gets set up with a multi-million dollar deal to fight some chump. I don’t know what he’s doing with his brand or his business but he’s definitely self-destructing.
FiveOuncesOfPain: During the Strikeforce conference call several weeks back you discussed how the deal to fight Ken was never finalized and that he’s having some personal issues and problems. Is that something you can discuss publicly or does it have to remain private?
Frank Shamrock: It wouldn’t be fair for me to tell those things about Ken. Ken and I have some major issues but I think it’s his own private business. I think I’d be a bad person if I spoke about them. But what I can say is that he’s making business decisions that are going to affect his brand on a global basis and those business decisions have killed this fight. I wish it was something more intriguing like I was ducking him or whatever story he is spinning. The truth is no one trusts him, especially on a network television level. No one trusts him to be the other half of a major fight.
FiveOuncesOfPain: You just alluded to some of the trust that Ken has burned. When Ken showed up to the arena with that cut there was a lot of speculation as to how he truly sustained the laceration. Do you believe that Ken truly injured himself rolling that morning?
Frank Shamrock: No. I think Ken cut himself.
FiveOuncesOfPain: What would Ken’s potential motive be for allegedly cutting himself?
Frank Shamrock: It goes back to his giant ego and not being smart enough to understand the rest of the business. I think he got upset because Kimbo was making twice as much as he was and I don’t think his ego could take it. I know for a fact that he tried to hold the network up for more money the day before the show and unfortunately his parting words were, “Well, then you never know what will happen because anything can happen.” Then when he showed up with the cut we all thought he juiced himself. You know, he’s not to be trusted.