Frank Shamrock Says Sale of Strikeforce was a Factor in His Struggle with Alcoholism | MMA NEWS
…”The intention was right. The sport came together to create Strikeforce. Scott [Coker] provided the opportunity, and I had a few years left to throw in the cage. But it will never happen again. That moment is gone. I think that’s the toughest thing for me to accept, that the moment is gone.”
Shamrock is the brother of fellow MMA legend Ken Shamrock. He was the first ever UFC Light Heavyweight Champion (the title was then known as the UFC Middleweight Championship). At Strikeforce, Shamrock was a fighter and on-air personality, who also played a large role behind the scenes in successfully developing the company.
Shamrock has long had a rocky relationship with the UFC and UFC President Dana White. He last fought in the UFC in 1999 at UFC 22, where he submitted Tito Ortiz. Shamrock said the Strikeforce of today is not what the promotion used to be.
“Strikeforce is alive. It has a great soul but they’ve been picking the soul out of it and taking the talent out if it, and now it’s a shell,” he said. “It could definitely be rebuilt. Strikeforce was amazing. The idea of it still has value but the way it’s being treated, they’re plucking all the value out of it.”
Shamrock said he is working on his sobriety and still “absolutely loves” MMA. Struggles aside, he says his life is still a success story and dream come true.
“I used to live on the streets. I ended up in a prison. I’ve had the worst life you could ever imagine, and now I’m living the best life you could ever imagine. I mean, I rarely leave my house unless a limo pulls up. The world I live in is vastly different than what other people are living in. It’s a dream.”