Injury Sidelines Shamrock’s Return, But Not His Spirit
"Talking on the phone seems to be my main purpose in life," laments Frank Shamrock from his office in San Jose, California. It’s been an eventful two weeks for the beloved former UFC champion, a roller coaster of developments that began with the long-awaited and highly-rumored announcement that was almost three years in the making — Frank Shamrock was returning to MMA competition. But just as quickly as the golden carrot was dangled in front of the masses of hungry fans, it was hastily snatched away. There was only a week to ponder and debate the possible outcomes of his match-up with Renzo Gracie black belt Ricardo Almeida at the World Extreme Cagefighting’s August 31st event, because fate obviously had other plans this time around. Shamrock had succumbed to the one thing he says he hates about the fight game — getting injured. With the realization that his return will be delayed, it would seem the undefeated 5-0 UFC veteran has some time on his hands… or does he?
As he sits by the phone with his newfound friend (the cast he has already affectionately dubbed "Big Daddy"), Frank adds up the time in his head. "December or January," he blurts out, "but I don’t want to fight anywhere cold," he quickly adds. "I hate cold weather." His demeanor is cheerfully contagious for a man who just spent months of arduous training for a fight that is not going to happen. "I was feeling down for the first three days, mostly because I felt old. Then, I remembered that I’m not even thirty yet," he zips with his undeniable charm. It is a combination of charm and unquestionable talent that has propelled Frank to the top of the fighter chain and has kept him there, even in retirement.
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From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
K-1 WORLD GP 2002 in Las Vegas results:
"Big Daddy" KO’s Bernardo!
K-1 WORLD GP 2002 in Las Vegas
Date: Saturday, August 17th 2002
Place: Bellagio Hotel (Las Vegas/U.S.A)
8-MAN TOURNAMENT + Three SuperFights
1st match Tournament-1st Match
2nd match Tournament-2nd Match
3rd match Tournament-3rd Match
4th match Tournament-4th Match
5th match Super Fight-1
6th match Tournament Semi-Final 1st Match
7th match Tournament Semi-Final 2nd Match
8th match Super Fight-2
9th match Super Fight-3
10th match Tournament Final
*ESPN 2 will broadcast This event on August 26 or August 27.