One of MMA's "Kingpins," a legendary figure in the sport's history, is taking your questions in our biggest community interview yet. Frank Shamrock, simply put, is one of the greatest fighters to ever walk the planet. As always, our own Kid Nate puts it best:
It's impossible to convey how thrilling it was to follow Frank Shamrock in his glory days. Not only did he put together one of the most impressive championship runs in UFC history, he did it by dramatically beating a string of opponents in different ways. There were thrilling upsets (Kevin Jackson, Tito Ortiz), revenge matches (John Lober), come from behind pull it out of nowhere submissions (Jeremy Horn), blink and you'll miss it quick matches (Jackson, Igor Zinoviev) and an epic beatdown (John Lober).
Rooting for Frank Shamrock during that period was the most thrilling sports fan experience of my life, matched only by watching the 1976 Oakland Raiders championship season as a seven year old following his first football season. Thanks for the memories Frank, maybe someday the UFC will realize that honoring your accomplishments adds to their glory as well.
The opportunities for good and insightful questions are limitless. Here's Dave Meltzer on the breadth and unprecedented quality of Shamrock's career (Subscription Only):
Shamrock...started in the Pancrase organization in Japan in 1994. Pancrase, featuring well known pro wrestlers and marketed to pro wrestling fans, was really the first group that drew well promoting real mixed style matches in Japan. Starting out in the shadow of adopted brother Ken Shamrock, the top fighter in the company in its early years, Frank briefly held the Pancrase championship (technically, the provisional version) and had legendary battles with the likes of Bas Rutten, Yuki Kondo, Masakatsu Funaki and Allan Goes.
While it is basically erased from the UFC version of the history of the sport, Shamrock’s run as the company’s first middleweight (the weight class now called light heavyweight) champion from December 21, 1997, through his retiring as champion on September 24, 1999, was one of the most impressive runs in company history.
There's a catch this time around folks. Because I have so many questions of my own, and I am selfish like that, only the very best questions from the community will be considered. Who decides which questions will be asked? You do! Recommend the questions you like best and those will be the ones that we use. Democracy in action!
What are your questions for Mr. Shamrock?