Frank Shamrock is a retired mixed martial artist who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was the first MMA wrestler to win a UFC Middleweight Championship title.
Frank defended his title successfully four times. Moreover, Shamrock was the number one pound-for-pound wrestler in the UFC at the time.
Thanks to his impressive skills, he was awarded several accolades during his career.
For example, Wrestling Observer declared him ‘Fighter of the Decade’ for the 90s and ‘Fighter of the Year’ by Full Contact Fighter Magazine.
Check out our insightful article to learn more about Frank Shamrock’s bio.
Who is Frank Shamrock?
Frank Shamrock can be likened to a phoenix in many ways, none more than how he conquered his childhood troubles to become a revered UFC champion.
You see, Frank grew up moving from foster home to foster home. Moreover, without a proper upbringing, he found himself on the wrong side of the law severally.
Fortunately, he was able to get a chance to turn his lemons into lemonade after Bob Shamrock adopted him.
His foster brother, Ken Shamrock, introduced him to submission fighting. The duo would regularly go to UFC tournaments.
Shamrock would then start training at his brother’s training school named Lion’s Den.
He made his official wrestling debut in December 1994 in the King of Pancrase Tournament. Shamrock defeated a top Pancrase contender named Bas Rutten.
Frank joined the UFC after defeating Enson Inoue at Vale Tudo Japan 97.
Shamrock came out guns blazing and defeated the UFC Middleweight Champion of the time, Kevin Jackson.
Frank’s win was impressive because Kevin Jackson had won his middleweight title at UFC 14 and had managed to be undefeated until his fight with Shamrock. The match was over in just 16 seconds when Frank arm-barred Kevin Jackson and took his title.
Shamrock defended his new title against the undefeated champion of Extreme Fighting, Igor Zinoviev. The match was at UFC 16, and it showed just how lethal a fighter Frank was. He took Igor down by a double-leg blow.
The blow was so lethal that Igor landed unconscious and fractured a vertebra.
Moreover, he broke his collar bone. The injuries were so severe that they forced Igor to retire permanently from his MMA career.
Shamrock then fought Jeremy Horn during UFC 17 and defeated him by submission with a kneebar.
He then defended his title successfully at UFC 22 against Tito Ortiz in what is now known as one of the best fights in UFC history.
Shamrock then retired from the UFC and briefly commentated and consulted with the organization.
Shamrock then returned from his retirement and fought in the MMA event, Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie. He would retire from fighting on 26th June 2010.
His Wife and Kids.
Frank Shamrock is a single father after splitting up with his partner, Amy Warren, in 2019.
The duo was blessed with a daughter, Nicolette, on April 24th, 2008. Besides Nicolette, Shamrock has a son, Frankie, from a past marriage.
Frank Shamrock is estimated to have a net worth of about $5 million. His income comes from the earnings of his MMA career.
Frank Shamrock’s Wiki and other Facts.
|Full name||Frank Shamrock|
|Age||48 years old.|
|Date of Birth||Dec 8th, 1972|
|Place of Birth||San Jose, California, United States.|
|Profession||Mixed martial artist, entrepreneur, and sports commentator|
|Net worth||$8 million|
|Parents||Bob Shamrock and Dede Shamrock|