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Ken Shamrock

"The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock

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  • Given Name: Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick
  • MMA Record: 28-17-2 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The World's Most Dangerous Man
  • Current Streak: 3 Losses
  • Age: 52 | Date of Birth: 1964.02.11
  • Last Fight: February 19, 2016 in BFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 201.2 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

Ken Shamrock Light Heavyweight Ranking History

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Ken Shamrock MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:22 Round 1 of 3

Br Royce Gracie
28-16-2 14-2-3

Us Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie 3
Main Event | Open Weight

2016.02.19
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 201.2 lbs (91.3 kgs) | Referee: Jacob Montalvo
#44 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:22 Round 1 of 3

Bs Kimbo Slice
28-15-2 4-2-0

Us Bellator 138: Unfinished Business
Main Event | Catchweight | 245 lbs

2015.06.19
Odds: +235 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 204.4 lbs (92.7 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Ian Freeman UCFC 6 2013.07.27
Reason: Contract Issues
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Mike Bourke

Za King of the Cage

2010.11.25
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Jonathan Ivey

Us USA-MMA

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

Br Pedro Rizzo
27-13-2 18-9-0

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

2010.07.17
Weigh-In: 212.0 lbs (96.2 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Ross Clifton

Us California Regional

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

Robert Berry

Gb Cage Rage

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

Us Tito Ortiz
26-11-2 14-4-0

Us 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 (92.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
UFC The Final Chapter Knockout of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Elbows
1:18 Round 1 of 3

Us Tito Ortiz
26-10-2 13-4-0

Us 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 (93.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
2:27 Round 1 of 3

Jp Kazushi Sakuraba
26-9-2 17-9-1

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

2005.10.23
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:42 Round 1 of 3

Us Rich Franklin
26-8-2 18-1-0

Us 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 (91.6 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
1:26 Round 1 of 3

Us Kimo Leopoldo
25-8-2 9-3-1

Us 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 (98.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
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

Us Tito Ortiz
25-7-2 9-2-0

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

2002.11.22
Odds: +120 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 201.0 lbs (91.2 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Us Don Frye
25-6-2 13-1-0

Jp Pride 19: Bad Blood
Main Event | Heavyweight

2002.02.24
Weigh-In: 211.6 lbs (96.0 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#81 Greatest Fight of All Time
#27 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Us Sam Adkins

Us New Jersey Regional

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

Jp Kazuyuki Fujita
24-5-2 4-1-0

Jp Pride 10: Return of the Warriors
Main Card | Heavyweight

2000.08.27
Weigh-In: 211.2 lbs (95.8 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
9:43 Round 1 of 3

Jp Alexander Otsuka
23-5-2 1-4-0

Jp Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Us Brian Johnston
22-5-2 2-2-0

Us UFC 11.5: Ultimate Ultimate 1996
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

1996.12.07
Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs (99.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Split
1 Round

Us Dan Severn
22-4-2 8-2-0

Us UFC 9: Motor City Madness
Main Event

1996.05.17
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs (97.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Leglock
4:24 Round 1 of 1

Us Kimo Leopoldo
21-4-2 3-1-0

Pr UFC 8: David vs Goliath
Co-Main Event

1996.02.16
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs (97.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision

Jp Kazuo Takahashi

Jp Pancrase

1996.01.28
Win | Submission | Choke

Katsuomi Inagaki

Jp Pancrase

1995.12.14
Draw | Decision
1 Round

Ru Oleg Taktarov
19-4-1 7-1-0

Us UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo
Co-Main Event

1995.09.08
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs (97.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Leglock

Larry Papadopoulos

Jp Pancrase

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

Us Dan Severn
17-4-1 5-1-0

Us UFC 6: Clash of the Titans
Main Card

1995.07.14
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Submission | Leglock

Jp Minoru Suzuki

Jp Pancrase

1995.05.13
Draw | Decision
1 Round

Br Royce Gracie
17-3-0 11-0-0

Us UFC 5: Return of the Beast
Co-Main Event

1995.04.07
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Leglock

Nl Bas Rutten
16-3-0 7-3-0

Jp Pancrase

1995.03.10
Win | Submission | Leglock

Leon Dijk

Jp Pancrase

1995.01.26
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Jp Manabu Yamada

Jp Pancrase

1994.12.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Jp Masakatsu Funaki

Jp Pancrase

1994.12.17
Win | Submission | Leglock

Alex Cook

Jp Pancrase

1994.12.16
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Maurice Smith

Jp Pancrase

1994.12.16
Win | Submission | Choke

Jp Takaku Fuke

Jp Pancrase

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

Us Felix Mitchell
8-3-0 0-0-0

Us UFC 3: The American Dream
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

1994.09.09
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs (97.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Strikes
4:49 Round 1 of 1

Us Cristophe Leninger
8-3-0 0-0-0

Us UFC 3: The American Dream
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

1994.09.09
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs (97.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Submission | Choke

Jp Masakatsu Funaki

Jp Pancrase

1994.09.01
Win | Submission | Choke

Nl Bas Rutten

Jp Pancrase

1994.07.26
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Matt Hume

Jp Pancrase

1994.07.06
Win | Submission | Leglock

Jp Ryushi Yanagisawa

Jp Pancrase

1994.04.21
Loss | Submission

Jp Minoru Suzuki

Jp Pancrase

1994.01.19
Win | Submission | Leglock

Andre Van Den Oetelaar

Jp Pancrase

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

Br Royce Gracie
3-0-0 0-0-0

Us UFC 1: The Beginning
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

1993.11.12
Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs (99.8 kgs) | Referee: Helio Vigio
#20 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:49 Round 1 of 1

Us Patrick Smith
3-0-0 0-0-0

Us UFC 1: The Beginning
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

1993.11.12
Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs (99.8 kgs) | Referee: Helio Vigio
Win | Submission | Choke

Jp Takaku Fuke

Jp Pancrase

1993.11.08
Win | Submission | Leglock

Jp Kazuo Takahashi

Jp Pancrase

1993.10.14
Win | Submission | Choke

Jp Masakatsu Funaki

Jp Pancrase

1993.09.21

Ken Shamrock Wiki Update Wiki

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.

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