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"The World's Most Dangerous Man"

28-15-2

Ken Shamrock

"The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock

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  • Given Name: Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick
  • Professional MMA Record: 28-15-2 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The World's Most Dangerous Man
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 50 | Date of Birth: 1964.02.11
  • Last Fight: November 25, 2010 in KOTC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 212.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Lion's Den
  • Height: 6'1" (186cm) | Reach: 72.4" (184cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $500,000 USD
  • Born: Macon, Georgia, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Reno, Nevada
  • Personal Pages: Facebook  |  Official Site

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Ken Shamrock is a trailblazer of the sport. Before he entered the volatile world of professional mixed martial arts competition, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” made his name among fanatical Japanese fans in a series of Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling competitions from 1993-1996, using a set of rules that were somewhat restrictive in comparison to modern MMA. Eventually, Shamrock began competing in the UFC full-time, where he would quickly become one of the most respected and popular fighters in the company’s first decade.


After losing the UFC 1 tournament to MMA legend and fellow UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie in 1993, Shamrock went on to defeat notable contemporaries Dan Severn and Kimo Leopoldo (twice). He also graced the Pancrase and Pride Fighting Championships organizations.


Outside of his battles with Royce Gracie, Shamrock is best known by modern MMA audiences for his lengthy feud with former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, which was popularized on the third season of the highly successful Spike TV reality show The Ultimate Fighter. Shamrock lost three fights to Ortiz—all of them by stoppage—from 2002-2006, and increasingly struggled against a younger breed of fighters, as typified in his loss to a young Rich Franklin before a large television audience.


Despite waning success, the camera-ready combatant from The Lion’s Den fight team could be relied upon for his entertaining pre-fight build-ups, a heavy dose of old-school machismo, and the muscled physique lay fans would expect of a man who fights in a cage for a living. Those traits, plus the recognizable “Shamrock” name, have earned him continuing widespread renown.


Although Shamrock was more than willing to stand and trade strikes in many of his fights, he was predominantly known as a submission fighter with a mastery of leglocks; 23 of his 27 career wins came by way of submission.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:01 PM ET
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Ken Shamrock Heavyweight Ranking History

Ken Shamrock MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Ian Freeman UCFC 6 2013.07.27
Reason: Contract Issues
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Mike Bourke

King of the Cage

2010.11.25
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Jonathan Ivey

USA-MMA

2010.10.16
Loss | KO/TKO
3:33 Round 1 of 3

Pedro Rizzo
Ref: John McCarthy

Impact FC 2: The Uprising - Sydney
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.07.17
Weigh-In: 212.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Armlock

Ross Clifton

Wargods/Ken Shamrock Productions

2009.02.13
Cancelled Bout Kimbo Slice EliteXC 2008.10.04
Reason: Shamrock Cut Eyelid
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Robert Berry

Cage Rage

2008.03.08
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:23 Round 1 of 3

Tito Ortiz
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC The Final Chapter: Ortiz vs Shamrock 3
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.10.10
Odds: +600 Huge Underdog | Weigh-In: 204.5 lbs
UFC The Final Chapter Knockout of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Elbows
1:18 Round 1 of 3

Tito Ortiz
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 61: Bitter Rivals
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.07.08
Odds: +380 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Base | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
2:27 Round 1 of 3

Kazushi Sakuraba
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride 30: Fully Loaded
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2005.10.23
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:42 Round 1 of 3

Rich Franklin
Ref: John McCarthy

The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2005.04.09
Odds: +170 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $230,000 Base | Weigh-In: 202.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
1:26 Round 1 of 3

Kimo Leopoldo
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 48: Payback
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2004.06.19
Odds: -135 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $170,000 ($120K Base, $50K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 218.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Ian Freeman UFC 43 2003.06.06
Reason: Shamrock Knee Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired
5:00 Round 3 of 5, 15:00 Total

Tito Ortiz
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 40: Vendetta
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs

2002.11.22
Odds: +120 Near Even | Weigh-In: 201.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Don Frye
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 19: Bad Blood
Main Event | Heavyweight

2002.02.24
Weigh-In: 211.6 lbs
#76 Greatest Fight of All Time
#25 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Sam Adkins

WMMAA 1

2001.08.10
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired
6:46 Round 1 of 3

Kazuyuki Fujita

Pride 10: Return of the Warriors
Main Card | Heavyweight

2000.08.27
Weigh-In: 211.2 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
9:43 Round 1 of 3

Alexander Otsuka

Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals
Main Card | Heavyweight

2000.05.01
Win | Submission | Choke
5:48 Round 1 of 1

Brian Johnston
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 11.5: Ultimate Ultimate 1996
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

1996.12.07
Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
1 Round

Dan Severn
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 9: Motor City Madness
Main Event

1996.05.17
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Leglock
4:24 Round 1 of 1

Kimo Leopoldo
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 8: David vs Goliath
Co-Main Event

1996.02.16
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs
Win | Decision

Kazuo Takahashi

Pancrase

1996.01.28
Win | Submission | Choke

Katsuomi Inagaki

Pancrase

1995.12.14
Draw | Decision
1 Round

Oleg Taktarov
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo
Co-Main Event

1995.09.08
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Leglock

Larry Papadopoulos

Pancrase

1995.07.22
Win | Submission | Choke
2:14 Round 1 of 1

Dan Severn
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 6: Clash of the Titans
Main Card

1995.07.14
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Leglock

Minoru Suzuki

Pancrase

1995.05.13
Draw | Decision
1 Round

Royce Gracie
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 5: Return of the Beast
Co-Main Event

1995.04.07
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Leglock

Bas Rutten

Pancrase

1995.03.10
Win | Submission | Leglock

Leon Dijk

Pancrase

1995.01.26
Win | Submission | Choke

Masakatsu Funaki

Pancrase

1994.12.17
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Manabu Yamada

Pancrase

1994.12.17
Win | Submission | Leglock

Alex Cook

Pancrase

1994.12.16
Win | Submission | Choke

Maurice Smith

Pancrase

1994.12.16
Win | Submission | Choke

Takaku Fuke

Pancrase

1994.10.15
Win | Submission | Choke
4:34 Round 1 of 1

Felix Mitchell
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 3: The American Dream
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

1994.09.09
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Strikes
4:49 Round 1 of 1

Cristophe Leninger
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 3: The American Dream
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

1994.09.09
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Choke

Masakatsu Funaki

Pancrase

1994.09.01
Win | Submission | Choke

Bas Rutten

Pancrase

1994.07.26
Win | Submission | Armlock

Matt Hume

Pancrase

1994.07.06
Win | Submission | Leglock

Ryushi Yanagisawa

Pancrase

1994.04.21
Loss | Submission

Minoru Suzuki

Pancrase

1994.01.19
Win | Submission | Leglock

Andre Van Den Oetelaar

Pancrase

1993.12.08
Loss | Submission | Choke
0:57 Round 1 of 1

Royce Gracie
Ref: Helio Vigio

UFC 1: The Beginning
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

1993.11.12
Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs
#21 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:49 Round 1 of 1

Patrick Smith
Ref: Helio Vigio

UFC 1: The Beginning
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

1993.11.12
Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke

Takaku Fuke

Pancrase

1993.11.08
Win | Submission | Leglock

Kazuo Takahashi

Pancrase

1993.10.14
Win | Submission | Choke

Masakatsu Funaki

Pancrase

1993.09.21

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