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Total Shocker: Ken Shamrock Rips Off Another Promotion, Pulls Out of Ian Freeman Fight

(Having completed the Jiu-Jitsu portion of his seminar, Shamrock ended things with a lecture about using an old beef bone to get a stew going. Photo via Wikimedia.)

Ken Shamrock’s downward spiral just won’t. fucking. end. The former UFC/WWF star, who has made headlines in recent years for accidentally beating up a woman in a shopping mall, begging strangers to call him for $11.99 a minute and getting bent over a barrel by the Zuffa legal team, has apparently moved on to phase 3.5 of his fighting career: outright extortion.

You see, Shamrock was expected to face Ian Freeman at an Ultimate Cage Fighting Championship event on July 27th. A few days ago, however, Shamrock pulled out of the fight and claimed that the promotion was trying to shortchange him, resulting in the fight being cancelled altogether. We know, sounds familiar, right? Only now, a pissed off Freeman is accusing Shamrock of cheating the promotion out of $5,000 and skipping town (original story here) — what’s known on Broadway as “pulling a Harold Hill.” Freeman vented on his Facebook page:

Well, everyone including myself, knew this fight was too good to be true as we know what a coward Shamrock is.

Not only is Shamrock a coward but he’s also a thief. He accepted the fight, demanded $5,000 upfront as a deposit of trust, of which was sent, and now refuses to return the money.

Not only has he demanded that money up front but also ask for his purse and ticket deal to be paid “before” he fights and this money to be sent to an American bank.

UCFC bent over backwards to stick to your Diva demands but you bitched about everything. Even to the fact that they were advertising your name to sell tickets. That’s what every show in the world does [you] dumb fuck. The fight was confirmed, and you signed and made a video signing the contract. Idiot.

While this seemed like a simple case of “he said, she said” at first, it wasn’t until we revisited an old interview with Chael Sonnen, of all people, that this case was blown wide open:

On how he feels about James Toney fighting Ken Shamrock:

“I can guarantee you that as sure as night follows day, that not only is that fight never gonna happen, it never was. Ken Shamrock is going around to all these different promoters doing his typical scumbag move getting money up front saying, “You know, I’m a Hall of Famer and I don’t even know if you guys are going to exist, so give me a ten grand signing bonus.”

He takes their money, goes and blades himself in the back, or whatever make believe thing that guy does, won’t show up – guaranteed he won’t show up – keeps their ten grand and goes on to the next unassuming promoter. He’s not gonna fight James Toney anymore than you are. He never was. That fight won’t happen, mark my words.”

We don’t know how to say this, but Chael Sonnen is starting to sound less like a schizophrenic WWE heel and more like a goddamn prophet these days. That interview is over two years old, yet has Shamrock’s current shtick pegged to a tee. The even more damning evidence? Shamrock’s response to the controversy and John Joe O’Regan’s subsequent takedown of “The World’s Most Dangerous Man.”

Shamrock: 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.

Writer’s Note: Shamrock is not correct here. Contracts/bout agreements are not illegal in the absence of a sanctioning body. They are still legally enforceable agreements between the parties, but would be enforced via the civil justice system in the UK via the small claims court. (Source: Writer is a law graduate)

So there you have it; Ken Shamrock has somehow managed to out-sleazeball Bob Sapp, who at least shows up to his contacted fights and takes some semblance of a beating before receiving his overly-inflated paycheck. And as with Sapp, the only way we are going to rid ourselves of the cancer Shamrock has become (Kencer?) is to stop enabling him. So we beg of you, small-time MMA promoters: DO NOT HIRE THIS FRAUD.

If our past few articles about Shamrock are any indication, this is the point where a couple of you jump up our asses about “disrespecting a legend” and start building strawmen in regards to what us writers have done with our lives that is so great. I can’t speak for everyone here, but I’m certain that I’ve never resorted to extortion as a way of earning income. Prostitution may be a dirty business, but at least it’s honest.

-J. Jones


  1. BaghdadBob Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 09:21

    Swinging your leg over an enemy's head will just get your pork-and-beans beaten off. No Unified Rules there, I'm afraid.
  2. BaghdadBob Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 09:21

    Hahaha bitten!
  3. google Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 09:28

    you know, its sad. He use to be my favorite fighter back in the day. it was cruching when he lost those 3 fights to Tito. But know that i am older, it wasnt him getting crushed by Tito that bothered me so much. Its that motherfucker tricked me 3 time into think he would beat his ass. I feel like a small time MMA promotion now.
  4. mma4everbitchs Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 09:39

    The saddest part of the story is that Google really considered him his favorite fighter. And the beef bone thing freaking hilarious Thanks J.Jones laughed my ass off.
  5. mma4everbitchs Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 09:41

    Oh yeah shamrocks a asshole. Just ask the guy on the bottom.
  6. The12ozCurls Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 09:42

    If Ken is that desperate, he just needs to visit the CP spammer links and he'll be making $8000 an hour working from home.
  7. google Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 10:14

    i have been watching MMA a long time in my defense. My choices where Dan, i thought was kinda boring, Royce, who couldn't really speak english,Tank, who was my 2nd fav, or Ken.all the other guys at that time hardly made it back for a 2nd match. these where the guys who who where always there.Oh yeah, and Kimo, but he looked like a freak Ken was great in his early days. He cut interviews better then anybody. Now get off my lawn.
  8. keepyahguessing Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 10:51

    I thought he died after the last Tito fight...who knew!?!?!

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 11:53

    Holy fuck batman... Holy fuck
  10. crappiefloper Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 12:12

    Strangly, the now infamous,"murblegurgle" caption could have been used in the $11.99 a min story.
  11. HugePenisLarry Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 12:22

    This is what happens when you hang in there too long. How Dan Severn didn't end up like this is a miracle.
  12. teep Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 02:06

    I thought Shamrock was working on Bellator's fight show. I guess he is getting paid the big bucks now - so he doesn't have to fight in the cage.
  13. google Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 02:26

    How Dan did it was he knew how much he still had in the tank, worked smaller shows, still put on good shows, didnt rip anybody off and stayed humble through-out and never acted like somebody owed him something. thats how.
  14. Shifty-Eyed Dog Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 03:12

    Wrong Shamrock. That's Frank.
  15. AndyInflammatory Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 04:25

    wrong Shamrock, homie
  16. Themod Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 07:31

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  17. mma4everbitchs Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 08:21

    U got too much knowledge google guess u been watching mma for a long time...worlds most dangerous man was a title he gave himself hence...he's an idiot
  18. Buzz Cahill Says:

    Wed, 07/03/13 - 11:13

    Hey. ASSHOLES. You have no business calling him a "fraud" or claiming he's "ripping someone off". Did you write his contract? Did you READ his contract? Then you have no fucking idea what the fuck you're talking about. Ever stop to think that maybe the Promoter wasn't holding up THEIR end of the bargain, ya shitstains? If YOU had a contract where someone was supposed to pay you in installments, and they missed the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th installments, what would you do? Ian Freeman got fucked by the Promoter's shadiness, not by Shamrock. Ken Shamrock's statement: "Obviously, as a professional fighter, I expect to be compensated as agreed in my fight contract. In this case, there was an agreement by the promoter to pay in installments, to which I agreed. This was all negotiated and spelled out in the contract. When the second installment was not paid by the promoter on June 1, I made it very clear I would not be getting on a plane to fight if not paid as agreed. My attorney, Rod Donohoo, immediately contacted the promoter and gave them every opportunity to perform. Now, 32 days later, the promoter has missed 3 installments in a row. Obviously, there is no intention on the part of the promoter to perform as agreed. Accordingly, in light of their material breaches of the contract, this fight will not occur. I am very disappointed for myself, for my fans, for Ian Freeman, and for his fans, as well as fans of MMA who wanted to see this fight occur"
  19. nesbitt Says:

    Thu, 07/04/13 - 01:45

    Frank Shamrock is doing fightmaster. Ken is ripping off promoters.
  20. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Thu, 07/04/13 - 03:27

    @ Bust K-hole Obviously fake. No real human being would ever voluntarily coexist with the name "Rod Donohoo". Do'know hoo? Do'know yoo, mofawka.
  21. Mir please break Brocks neck Says:

    Thu, 07/04/13 - 03:25

    None of this is true at all. Ken ACTUALLY works at my local CVS where he restocks tampons. This is the truth.
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  23. google Says:

    Fri, 07/05/13 - 09:53

    Im pretty sure worlds most dangerous man came from Vince Mcmahon if i remember correctly. He didnt make it up himself. He didnt use that untill he came back from his run in the WWF. But yes, he is still a idiot.
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