MMA’s Best Fighter: Frank Shamrock
Another Shamrock gets in Fighting Insider's list of MMA fighter. Give way to Frank Shamrock!
Frank Shamrock was born as Frank Alisio Juarez III on December 8, 1972. He was first to hold the UFC Middleweight Championship, which was later renamed to Light Heavyweight Championship. He also holds numerous titles like the interim King of Pancrase title, WEC Light Heavyweight championship, and Strikeforce Middleweight championship.
At a tender age of 12, Frank Shamrock was transferred from one foster house to another, and had a few run-ins with the law enforcement. He eventually went to live with Bob Shamrock in Susanville, California. Then at the age of 21, he was officially adopted by Bob Shamrock.
Frank Shamrock started as a fan of MMA when his elder foster brother – Ken Shamrock – used to train him in submission fighting. He also accompanied his brother to UFC bouts, wherein he grew to love the sport. Then on December 16, 1994, Frank Shamrock debuted at the King of Pancrase tournament. Though he came in as an underdog, Frank Shamrock was able to defeat Bas Rutten. Unfortunately, he was submitted by Manabu Yamada later that same night.
It was on June 26, 2012 that Frank Shamrock announced his retirement at Strikeforce: Fedor vs Werdum. He even said:
“I believe I still have more fights left in me, and the reason I started going downhill was actually because I haven’t been fighting enough.”
Frank Shamrock retired as an undefeated four-time defending champion.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (1 Time, First, Then named Middleweight Championship)
Four successful title defenses
Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling
Interim King of Pancrase (1 Time)
World Extreme Cagefighting
WEC Light Heavyweight Championship (1 Time, First)
Contenders Light Heavyweight Championship (1 Time)
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship (1 Time, First)
Black Belt Magazine
1998 Full-Contact Fighter of the Year
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
1998 Most Outstanding Fighter
1999 Most Outstanding Fighter
1999 Fight of the Year – vs. Tito Ortiz on September 24, 1999
Former WKC Submission Champion