You may recall back in the March 2000 issue of FCF, we told you about an altercation that took place between Mark Hall and Ken Shamrock…not in the ring, but rather outside of it. The place was the Saboba Casino in California where King Of The Cage 4 was about to begin. Stories vary on why the fight started and who started it. Hall, getting the worst of the altercation, was going to sue Shamrock over the matter and gave a lengthy interview to FCF on the matter-as did Shamrock.
Well, it seems that the two UFC veterans, along with their lawyers, were able to settle the matter the old fashion way…in the ring! Yes, the two will battle it out in Japan in Pride in the near future. No date has been set, but both men seem happy with how this one will end.
More info in the upcoming issue of FCF.
Here is a look back at the two sides of the story…
KEN SHAMROCK BATTLES UFC VETERAN
OUTSIDE OF THE RING
By "The Mouth Of NHB" Joel Gold
A little testosterone got-a-pumping outside the ring a few weeks ago between two UFC veterans, Ken Shamrock and Mark Hall at the King of the Cage. No, the two had never met in the Octagon before this night, but the beating transpired between two friends-well, used to be friends, over…well, that I’m still not clear on. One thing is for sure, Hall did get to feel Shamrock’s fury, after what Shamrock claims was a head-butt by Hall that set things in motion. I was present at the show, but did not witness the altercation and I was told conflicting stories. The one thing that is for sure, like always, we here at FCF will let the fighters tell their account of what transpired that evening.
After he hit me one time, I went down and my head hit the ground real hard because I had a knot on the front of my head and he jumped on me and then he elbowed me and kneed me and I don’t know what else. Eric and 2 other witnesses told me it was just a mad attack on me, like he was trying to kill me. I was out. I started coming to and I got back up on my knees and I noticed he was still like hitting me, raining the elbows down on my head and kneeing me on the side of the head. The left side of my head was real sore and someone said he stomped my head when I went down and stuff like that. Then he backed off and I sat there a second and looked up and looked around. I was real dazed, but I just started to try and get up…and I got up and I looked up at him and he goes, it was like he was talking in slow motion, he goes, "Get outside, let’s go outside." Cause right behind him was an exit door, an exit exterior door to go outside. I kind of looked at him and kind of looked over at everybody else that was standing over and I noticed they were all his guys. Eddie Millis, Vernon White and all those guys were standing over. They were all his guys that were around him and they were just blocking the entrance. They were just blocking Eric from coming through. They had blocked it off and they were trying to block the roaming camera and everything and even they were going, "Take it outside. Take it outside." "Oh, you want to take it outside now, after you already ambushed me." There is no honor in that. Like the odds were against him-no, I don’t think so.
Then I go, "Somebody get the security over here. I was just ambushed by Ken Shamrock. Ken Shamrock just hit me and hurt me. I need security over here." Then finally the security came. They grabbed me. Didn’t even touch him. Grabbed me and practically just dragged me in the office. So, I am in the office and they go, "What happened? What happened? What happened?" I am going, "He hit me. He sucker punched me." I guess they went outside. I go, "I want the cops called now." Then they called the cops. While the cops were there, they asked me what happened. I go, "He sucker punched me." I guess after the cops went out there, I guess they asked Ken what happened. He had like… him and 15 of his guys that said I head-butted him. Then the cop came back and goes, "Well you got 3 guys that say he sucker punched you and he’s got 15 who say you head-butted him, so we can’t do nothing about it." Obviously, you head-butted him. I go… I told him, "Whatever dude, I didn’t head-butt him. If I would have head-butted him, he would have been the one on the ground in a bloody mess; and further more, I don’t fight like that. I am an honorable fighter." I am retired anyway. I haven’t trained for a year and half now. I am totally 100% retired. I haven’t had a fight for over a year and a half, but I haven’t trained for over a year, so I am completely out of shape. I even have high blood pressure right now. He is getting ready for a fight. He’s all juiced up. He’s on steroids.
I know several incidents over the years that constituted much, much worse punishment against other people than he gave me, but he never did it. In Ultimate Ultimate, he was lined up in the second round to fight Tank Abbott. Tank Abbott taunted him, did everything. Tank Abbott signed his name across Ken’s face with a real thick marker on all the posters, talked about his students, talked about him, even talked about his wife and he wouldn’t do anything. He was scared to death to go out and fight with Tank. I saw the whole thing, I was there; I was backstage. If you remember, I had a fight in that show. He had a chance to go out there and settle the score with Tank Abbott in the octagon. What did he do? Huh, dude he backed out of a fight and he wanted to take it outside, out back. Now Ken Shamrock had 30 guys out there, Tank Abbott walked out with like 9. What is up with that? He is a bully. Tank Abbott is not going to walk out into an ambush. He went over, got in his van and left. The point is, Ken Shamrock, he has no honor. There is no honor. He is a bully. A bully is defined as someone who won’t fight if he thinks he might get hurt.
It is a way over-reaction…to the level of what happened. It was strictly business between me and him and it should have been handled that way, but he wants to take the law into his own hands and handle it his way like a barbarian, like a crazed maniac, like a steroid junkie. That is it, he is a bully. If he thinks that he might get hurt, he won’t fight you. All I could just think of, is he is scared of me because, why would he sucker punch me? I have never sucker punched anyone in my whole life, ever. I would never do that. I don’t care what they did to me.
I talked with Ken and he doesn’t understand why you called his wife on the phone and called her "a fucking whore", "a cunt", "a lying bitch"…
What is going to be the outcome of this?
After the fact that he came up and he insulted me, and then I nailed him and held him down. He got up off the ground because the security came. I held him down for a while, pushed him against the wall, hold him down, he kept trying to get up, I kept pushing him back down. Security came and they said, "Let him up, let him up." I said you better keep him away from me because he keeps trying to get back up. So, I backed off. He got up, he seen the security there and played to the security obviously. He said, "I am going to sue you, you cheap-shotted me." I was like, "Yeah, okay Mark, whatever." Then it just dawns on me, as I look at the whole thing; it is exactly what he wanted. Unfortunately for him, he head-butted me. If he hadn’t head-butted me, and I would’ve hit him, then he would have had some sort of little case. But because he got in my face and I didn’t bite on him. I was just standing there. "Who are you?" After the head-butt, then I defended myself.
What do you think triggered this?
The limo picks me up; we go up we do the radio interviews, 2 or 3 of them. He seems like a really nice guy. Mark is with us, everybody is happy. We get in the limo, I go home, it’s late. I am supposed to go to Vegas with my wife. I can’t go I am sick, I am in bed for 3 days after that. Maybe 2 or 3 weeks after this thing-I don’t even know how long it is. I am out of town. My wife gets a call from Mark Hall and he is screaming at her, yelling at her, calling her "a fucking whore", "a cunt", "a lying bitch." If anybody knows Mark, you just think he is a nice guy, he is a real easygoing guy. So, my wife is going, "This isn’t Mark-whoever this guy is." By the end of the phone call, she’s crying, but not to him…but she is screaming at him, Mark was saying he was going to kick my ass, he is going to ruin me, he is going to come down to the Lion’s Den.
Do you know why he is yelling at your wife?