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Kenneth Wayne Shamrock (born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick; February 11, 1964) is an American retired mixed martial artist, semi-retired professional wrestler, and bare-knuckle boxing promoter. A UFC Hall of Fame member, Shamrock is widely regarded as one of the biggest stars in the history of MMA, as well as an icon and pioneer of the sport. He has headlined over 15 main events and co-main events in the UFC and Pride FC and set numerous pay-per-view records. In the early part of his UFC career, Shamrock was named "The World's Most Dangerous Man" by ABC News in a special called "The World's Most Dangerous Things". The moniker has stuck as his nickname.

Shamrock became known early on in the UFC for his rivalry with Royce Gracie. After fighting to a draw with Gracie in the inaugural UFC 'Superfight', he became the first UFC Superfight Champion when he defeated Dan Severn at UFC 6; the title was eventually replaced by the UFC Heavyweight Championship when weight categories were introduced to the UFC. He was also the first foreign MMA Champion in Japan, winning the title of King of Pancrase. During his reign as the UFC Superfight Champion, he was widely considered the #1 mixed martial artist in the world. In 2008, Shamrock was ranked by Inside MMA as one of the top 10 greatest mixed martial arts fighters of all time. He is the founder of the Lion's Den mixed martial arts training camp, and is the older brother of Frank Shamrock.

In addition to his mixed martial arts career, Shamrock enjoyed considerable success in professional wrestling, particularly during his tenure with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). There, he is a one-time Intercontinental Champion, a one-time World Tag Team Champion and the 1998 King of the Ring. Shamrock also wrestled for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he is a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion and a 2002 Gauntlet for the Gold winner. He headlined multiple pay-per-view events in both promotions, including 1997's D-Generation X: In Your House, where he challenged for the WWF Championship. WWE has credited Shamrock with popularizing the ankle lock submission hold.

In wrestling[]

  • Finishing moves
    • Ankle lock
    • Belly-to-belly suplex
  • Signature moves
    • Calf kick
    • Dragon screw
    • Fujiwara armbar
    • Hurricanrana
    • Jumping spin kick
    • Lariat
    • Sleeper hold
    • Snap scoop powerslam
    • Multiple suplex variations:
      • Belly-to-back
      • Fisherman's
      • Vertical
  • Nicknames
    • "Godfather of Pain"
    • "Three Alpha"
    • "The World's Most Dangerous Man"
  • Entrance themes
    • Universal Wrestling Federation / Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi
      • "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses
      • "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins
    • World Wrestling Federation
      • "Dangerous" by Jim Johnston
      • "The Ultimate" by Jim Johnston
      • "Union" by Jim Johnston (used as a member of the Union)
    • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling / IMPACT Wrestling
      • "Lion's Den" by Dale Oliver
      • "Pound It In" by Michael Raphael
    • MMA
      • "Shamrockin'" by Gary Hoe
      • "What You Got" by Reveille
      • "Slayed" by Overseer
    • Independent circuit
      • "The Ultimate" by Jim Johnston

Championships and accomplishments[]

Mixed martial arts[]

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • UFC Hall of Fame (Pioneer wing, 2003 inductee)
    • UFC Superfight Championship (one time, inaugural)
    • One successful title defense
    • One title retention (Draw, UFC 7)
    • Longest fight in UFC history (36 minutes) - with Royce Gracie at UFC 5
    • UFC Viewer's Choice Award
  • Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling
    • King of Pancrase (1994)
    • King of Pancrase Tournament winner
    • First ever champion of Pancrase
  • Pride Fighting Championships
    • Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals Superfight Winner
  • World Mixed Martial Arts Association
    • WMMAA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Black Belt Magazine
    • 2000 Full-Contact Fighter of the Year
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • 2002 Feud of the Year vs. Tito Ortiz
    • 2006 Feud of the Year vs. Tito Ortiz

Professional wrestling[]

  • Battle Championship Wrestling
    • BCW Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) – with Carlo Cannon
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (1997)
    • Ranked #8 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1998
    • Ranked #226 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003
  • South Atlantic Pro Wrestling
    • SAPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • SAPW Heavyweight Title Tournament (1991)
  • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling / IMPACT Wrestling
  • World Wrestling Federation
    • WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
    • WWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Big Boss Man
    • King of the Ring (1998)
    • WWF Intercontinental Championship Tournament (1998)

Mixed martial arts record[]

Professional record breakdown hide
47 matches 28 wins 17 losses
By knockout 2 11
By submission 23 4
By decision 3 2
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 28–17–2 Royce Gracie TKO (knee and punches) Bellator 149 February 19, 2016 1 2:22 Houston, Texas, United States Return to Light Heavyweight.
Loss 28–16–2 Kimbo Slice TKO (punches) Bellator 138 June 19, 2015 1 2:22 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Loss 28–15–2 Mike Bourke TKO (leg injury) KOTC: Platinum November 25, 2010 1 2:00 Durban, South Africa Shamrock injured his hamstring[101]
Win 28–14–2 Johnathan Ivey Decision (unanimous) USA MMA: Return of the Champions October 16, 2010 3 5:00 Lafayette, U.S
Loss 27–14–2 Pedro Rizzo TKO (leg kicks and punches) Impact FC 2 July 18, 2010 1 3:33 Sydney, Australia
Win 27–13–2 Ross Clifton Submission (armbar) WarGods: Valentine's Eve Massacre February 13, 2009 1 1:00 Fresno, California, United States Shamrock tested positive for steroids after fight.[102]
Loss 26–13–2 Robert Berry TKO (punches) Cage Rage 25 March 8, 2008 1 3:26 London, England Return to Heavyweight.
Loss 26–12–2 Tito Ortiz TKO (punches) Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter October 10, 2006 1 2:23 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 26–11–2 Tito Ortiz TKO (elbows) UFC 61: Bitter Rivals July 8, 2006 1 1:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 3 coaches fight.
Loss 26–10–2 Kazushi Sakuraba TKO (punch) Pride 30: Fully Loaded October 23, 2005 1 2:27 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 26–9–2 Rich Franklin TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Couture vs. Team Liddell Finale April 9, 2005 1 2:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Light Heavyweight.
Win 26–8–2 Kimo Leopoldo KO (knee) UFC 48 June 19, 2004 1 1:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Heavyweight bout.
Loss 25–8–2 Tito Ortiz TKO (corner stoppage) UFC 40 November 22, 2002 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight debut. For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 25–7–2 Don Frye Decision (split) Pride 19 February 24, 2002 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 25–6–2 Sam Adkins Submission (kimura) WMMAA 1: Megafights August 10, 2001 1 1:26 Atlantic City, United States Won the WMMAA Heavyweight title
Loss 24–6–2 Kazuyuki Fujita TKO (corner stoppage) Pride 10 - Return of the Warriors August 27, 2000 1 6:46 Saitama, Japan
Win 24–5–2 Alexander Otsuka KO (punches) Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals May 1, 2000 1 9:43 Tokyo, Japan Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals Superfight
Win 23–5–2 Brian Johnston Submission (forearm choke) Ultimate Ultimate 1996 December 7, 1996 1 5:48 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Loss 22–5–2 Dan Severn Decision (split) UFC 9 May 17, 1996 1 30:00 Detroit, Michigan, United States Lost the UFC Superfight Championship.[103]
Win 22–4–2 Kimo Leopoldo Submission (kneebar) UFC 8 February 16, 1996 1 4:24 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Defended the UFC Superfight Championship
Win 21–4–2 Kazuo Takahashi Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Truth 1 January 28, 1996 1 20:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 20–4–2 Katsuomi Inagaki Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 7 December 14, 1995 1 3:19 Sapporo, Japan
Draw 19–4–2 Oleg Taktarov Draw UFC 7 September 8, 1995 1 33:00 Buffalo, New York, United States Retained the UFC Superfight Championship. Match was declared a draw due to the lack of judges.
Win 19–4–1 Larry Papadopoulos Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase: 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round July 22, 1995 1 2:18 Tokyo, Japan
Win 18–4–1 Dan Severn Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 6 July 14, 1995 1 2:14 Casper, Wyoming, United States Won the UFC Superfight Championship
Loss 17–4–1 Minoru Suzuki Submission (kneebar) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 4 May 13, 1995 1 2:14 Urayasu, Japan Lost the King of Pancrase title.
Draw 17–3–1 Royce Gracie Draw UFC 5 April 7, 1995 1 36:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States For the UFC Superfight Championship. Match was declared a draw due to the lack of judges.[46][104]
Win 17–3 Bas Rutten Submission (kneebar) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 2 March 10, 1995 1 1:01 Yokohama, Japan Defended the King of Pancrase title.
Win 16–3 Leon Dijk Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 1 January 26, 1995 1 4:45 Nagoya, Japan
Win 15–3 Manabu Yamada Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Second Round December 17, 1994 1 30:00 Tokyo, Japan Became the inaugural Pancrase Openweight Champion.
Win 14–3 Masakatsu Funaki Submission (arm-triangle choke) 1 5:50
Win 13–3 Maurice Smith Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Opening Round December 16, 1994 1 4:23 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–3 Alex Cook Submission (heel hook) 1 1:31
Win 11–3 Takaku Fuke Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 5 October 15, 1994 1 3:13 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–3 Felix Mitchell Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 3 September 9, 1994 1 4:34 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 9–3 Christophe Leininger Submission (punches) 1 4:49
Loss 8–3 Masakatsu Funaki Submission (choke) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 4 September 1, 1994 1 2:30 Osaka, Japan
Win 8–2 Bas Rutten Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 3 July 26, 1994 1 16:42 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–2 Matt Hume Submission (kimura) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 2 July 6, 1994 1 5:50 Amagasaki, Japan
Win 6–2 Ryushi Yanagisawa Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Pancrash! 3 April 21, 1994 1 7:30 Osaka, Japan
Loss 5–2 Minoru Suzuki Submission (kneebar) Pancrase: Pancrash! 1 January 19, 1994 1 7:37 Yokohama, Japan
Win 5–1 Andre Van Den Oetelaar Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 4 December 8, 1993 1 1:04 Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Japan
Loss 4–1 Royce Gracie Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 1 November 12, 1993 1 0:57 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 4–0 Patrick Smith Submission (heel hook) 1 1:49
Win 3–0 Takaku Fuke Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 3 November 8, 1993 1 0:44 Kobe, Japan
Win 2–0 Yoshiki Takahashi Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 2 October 14, 1993 1 12:23 Nagoya, Japan
Win 1–0 Masakatsu Funaki Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 1 September 21, 1993 1 6:15 Urayasu, Japan

Mixed rules[]

Professional record breakdown hide
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 0 0
By submission 1 0
By decision 0 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Win 1–0 Don Nakaya Nielsen Submission (americana) PWFG Stack of Arms October 4, 1992 1 0:44 Tokyo, Japan

Kickboxing record[]

Kickboxing record hide
0 wins, 1 loss
Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Loss 0-1 Frank Lobman KO (right low kick) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 1 May 31, 1994 2 N/A Tokyo, Japan
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