The UFC has shown a lot of love to individuals who have found success inside the Octagon, impacted the whole of Mixed Martial Arts in a significant way, or can lay claim to both. Frank Shamrock is among the last group, having won a UFC title and successfully defended it multiple times while also having a ton of success in other organizations and helping found American Kickboxing Academy.
However, despite his accomplishments Shamrock still hasn’t received a sniff from the UFC for induction into the organization’s Hall of Fame. The subject has struck a nerve with Shamrock as he made clear last weekend while stopping by Rebellion MMA Radio.
“First off, I don’t think the Hall of Fame has any credibility unless I’m in it. I was the first champion ever and set two world records. I’ve been pioneering for this sport since before there was weight classes and gloves. so, it kinda looks to me like the whole Hall of Fame is kind of a flim-flam and it’s up to Dana’s own jock as to who goes in,” said an upset Shamrock, adding, “Unfortunately, that doesn’t define a real sport. A real sport is completely different.”
The UFC currently has eight members in its Hall of Fame including Shamrock’s adopted brother Ken Shamrock. Tito Ortiz will become the ninth member next month prior to his bout with Forrest Griffin at UFC 148.
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MMATraining Take: Shamrock only fought for the UFC five times so I’m not sure he should fully qualify for the company’s Hall of Fame. However, he absolutely has a place in a Hall of Fame focused purely on the sport of MMA rather than a singular promotion.