It was another controversial episode of Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored last night as former UFC light heavyweight champ Frank Shamrock joined the cast to talk about the UFC Hall of Fame induction of Tito Ortiz. The team compared side by side, Shamrock’s accomplishments to Ortiz’s and then began to probe Shamrock for his thoughts on the situation.
“Well, honestly, I didn’t really care, but my wife was pretty pissed that I wasn’t in the Hall of Fame. I don’t care. I think it’s awesome that Tito’s in. He deserves to be in there. I believe I should be in the Hall of Fame, but it ain’t my Hall of Fame. If they wanna put me in, that’s great. It’s not gonna keep me up at night.”
The question of his public disputes with UFC president Dana White causing the exclusion were then asked…
“It’s definitely personal between Dana and I. To further that, I’ve done everything I can possibly do for this sport. I hope that would include UFC. You know, Dana and I don’t get along. I think he’s a total douchebag and a bully. I just, I got no breath for him.”
“Here’s my thing. I did everything I could for the sport, from speaking to the commissions to presenting in front of cable companies — anything and everything, I was hired to go do it. I was a great spokesman, and I believe in this sport. If they wanna put me in or not, it’s totally up to them. I think it’s just a big knuckle-fest. God bless Tito, and I’m real proud that he’s made it.”
The show host, Craig Carton went ahead and followed up with another controversial question. What would happen if you ran into White in a dark alley alone?
“As Dana’s first martial arts instructor, I understand his skill set and his limitations, and I would love to have that moment.”
The hatred between the two continues to grow to this day according to Shamrock as he’s now feeling the pressure more as White now owns his current employers at Strikeforce Promotions where he commentates.
“It’s gotten even worse, or better, depending on how you look at it. Now, he’s sort of influencing my other job, my commentating job. I say what I say because I believe in the sport. I stand for what I stand for because I believe that this is a good thing, and if presented properly, it’s good for everybody. If presented improperly, as guys beating the crap out of each other in the cage, that doesn’t mean anything.”
Another issue in Frank’s life is the disputes between his adopted brother Ken and himself. Usually time will heal all, but in this case it has only created a bigger rift between the brothers.
“My brother. We’re different people. We’re both champions, and we both have our own path. I didn’t agree with his path, and I chose a different one, and he did NOT like that.”
What was the last contact you had with the fellow former champ?
“We talked about money and how that would change hands, after I kicked his ass. It’s been years. We were both adopted by a wonderful man, Bob Shamrock, and we became brothers through this man. We became brothers through fighting, but I don’t know the guy. I never received a Christmas card or a birthday card or a phone call. He’s just another guy I came up with, and he was my teacher. I have the utmost respect for him in the ‘Martial Way.’ The rest of it? It’s a little goofy.”
Transcribed by MMAMania.com