Frank Shamrock‘s battle with Cung Le is on Saturday, so expect to see a lot of Frank around the web this week promoting the hell out of the thing. Already, there’s several Frank-related stories/vids out there today. Here’s a few to check out:
15 Rounds has an interview posted where Shamrock talks yet again about fighters controlling their own brand and promoting their own events. He goes into a lot of detail about the different models and how the MMA model could improve — depending on how you look at it. He also dishes about a possible upcoming duel with Tito Ortiz. It looks like something is in the works and the two fighters’ companies would co-promote it and hire out for someone to actually run the show. We’ll see if a rematch shapes up soon.
Oh yeah. And the little subject of Kimbo Slice comes up. Frank’s not a fan.
Q: What do you think of the fact that Kimbo Slice is being pushed as the biggest star fighting on the show?
FS: Kimbo has a weird aura about him. Personally, I think it’s a step back to where we were ten years ago which is the big, tough scary guy fighting, but he’s very, very popular with the young generation. His story is very interesting and appealing to people, but I also think they will quickly grow tired of it because it is kind of that gimmick story. The problem with Kimbo is the more he learns – the worse he’s going to get. He’s going to lose that raw, crazy, angry power that he is using to beat people.
Q: Do you think that Kimbo is a bad role model for kids considering how he made himself popular – through backyard fights? Could there potentially be a problem with the younger generation trying to copy Kimbo in order to get noticed?
FS: 100%. I think he is the absolute worst role model we could have for our events. This is coming from someone who has been here since the beginning. Having Kimbo as a representative as a face for the first big event on CBS is a step back.
Q: If you saw your own kids watching Kimbo Slice fights on the Internet, would you let them watch it?
FS: I don’t know. That’s a tough one. I’d probably let them watch it, but then I’d make them go to the martial arts class that night. It’s like I wouldn’t stop my son from watching car racing, but I wouldn’t let my son go race. But I would let him go to a racing school and learn about it.
But role models don’t sell tickets, now do they? Naturally, a discussion of Ken Shamrock‘s recent crap showing happened and Frank expressed his disappointment because his brother’s diminished skills could stick a fork in their bad blood match next year. However, Frank is banking on the EliteXC/CBS deal to still be able to sell the fight — and to a wider audience. He’ll be selling a shitty fight, but he’s probably right because the general populace will buy anything. Frank then goes on to discuss how he’d love to fight Anderson Silva. On that note, FightNetwork has some interesting comparison numbers on Frank and Anderson Silva. Check them out after the jump.
Frank’s last four wins were against Bryan Pardoe, Phil Baroni, Elvis Sinosic, and Cesar Gracie. Those fine gents have a combined pro record of 30-32. By comparison, Anderson Silva’s last four notches were over Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Travis Lutter, and Nate Marquardt. Their combined pro record stands at 79-21-2. Things that make you go “Hmmm”.
And to cap off our Frank Shamrock Monday rundown, Showtime is running a “Shorts” interview to hype this weekend’s fight. Frank says the last time he got beat up was in grade school. Guess he in grade school in 1996 when Yuki Kondo KO’d him with a kick.
(Props BloodyElbow for the find.)