MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Frank Shamrock on Exorcising Demons


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As Gay Robot might say, “pass the tissues, we all got issues.” For Frank Shamrock, working out personal demons is a primary motivation for being a professional fighter. Sure, the lifestyle of an MMA star can be attractive, with the arenas full of screaming fans, and the money, and the groupies, and the ability to punch people without legal repercussions. But that’s still not enough to convince the average person to “make the worst bet in the world with their body,” as Shamrock says. Does the sport particularly attract men and women who have overwhelming needs to prove themselves? Can old emotional hurts be resolved through new physical ones? If you happen to fight professionally, drop some wisdom on us in the comments section. What drives you to do what you do?

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jason- September 4, 2008 at 4:24 am
Frank speaks with words of wisdom that only true fighters understand. I have fought in mma and without a doubt was motivated by my own personal demons. However, I must point out that in the process of training I crossed paths with many other fighters who were more interested in social status, bragging rights, and egotistical fantasies. These people were not fighters at heart, but simply posers, and they continue to pollute the gene pool of our beloved sport.
Markdog- September 2, 2008 at 2:11 am
I FIGHT for my right to PaRtY!!!
Anonymous- September 1, 2008 at 10:20 pm
I'm not a fighter but when I was little I helplessly saw ppl I cared about get beat up, and told myself that when I grow up I'm going to learn how to stop them. Learning martial arts relieves that fear I had as a kid of being helpless.
War "John Koppenhaver" Machine- September 1, 2008 at 10:19 pm
Because the other guy is asking for it.
amateur fighter- September 1, 2008 at 7:30 pm
1. to prove to myself i can do it.
2. chicks dig it.
3. it satisfies a primal urge.
4. i love the adrenaline rush of competition.
Anonymous- September 1, 2008 at 6:53 pm
pain fades and chicks dig scars
Agonistes- September 1, 2008 at 6:30 pm
man, i must be really screwed up if you listen to frank, i'm doing all this for free as an amateur.
i agree with what he said about fighters being a different breed, but we're not all alike either. i'm not making what i think is the "worst bet in the world" when i go out there and get the crap beat out of me, i think it's the greatest thing on earth. my body is the one thing i have the most control over, and i think that fighting isn't a way to work out my issues, it's not a way to prove myself... it's hard to explain, but in my experience, there's a family kind of feeling among fighters. we might not all get along, we might not all agree with each other, but we all belong to a brotherhood, because there are only so many people that are willing to push their bodies and do what we do. anybody that's trained before has felt it at one point, even if you're the worst guy out there, you can feel it, that you just belong there. pro, amateur, doesn't matter whether you get paid $50,000 a fight or do it for free, it's being a fighter that's important. everything else is just semantics.
Agonistes- September 1, 2008 at 6:29 pm
man, i must be really screwed up if you listen to frank, i'm doing all this for free as an amateur.
i agree with what he said about fighters being a different breed, but we're not all alike either. i'm not making what i think is the "worst bet in the world" when i go out there and get the crap beat out of me, i think it's the greatest thing on earth. my body is the one thing i have the most control over, and i think that fighting isn't a way to work out my issues, it's not a way to prove myself... it's hard to explain, but in my experience, there's a family kind of feeling among fighters. we might not all get along, we might not all agree with each other, but we all belong to a brotherhood, because there are only so many people that are willing to push their bodies and do what we do. anybody that's trained before has felt it at one point, even if you're the worst guy out there, you can feel it, that you just belong there. pro, amateur, doesn't matter whether you get paid $50,000 a fight or do it for free, it's being a fighter that's important. everything is is just semantics.
Kimbo Slice- September 1, 2008 at 6:26 pm
I fight for my bread. C'mon Ken let's run this!!
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