He is not called “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” for nothing, because Ken Shamrock, also known as “The One Punch”, has proven time and again that he can be just as dangerous in the ring as he can positively defy obstacles if they stand in the way of his goals.
After growing up in pain and suffering and finally finding some peace in a foster family, Shamrock rose up against the worst conditions to make something of his life today. His success has become a testament to what pure determination can bring if you persist in your dreams. Read on to see how Shamrock became the master of his own success when life gave him less than just straws.
Who is Ken Shamrock?
Ken Shamrock is a mixed martial artist (MMA) fighter who was born on February 11, 1964, as Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick. He is also a former professional wrestler who was the first to enter the Hall of Fame of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2003 alongside Royce Gracie.
He currently fights in the MMA list and is now not only one of the biggest stars of the promotion, but also a legend in the history of the competition. He has set several pay-per-view records, earned the nickname of “The most dangerous man in the world” and has led many major events in both the UFC and the Pride Fighting Championships.
Here are 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know
1. Family and Early Life
Ken Shamrock is the product of a dysfunctional family system. He was born on a military base as the son of his mother, Diane Kilpatrick, a dancer and waitress (who was a teenager at the time), while his father, Richard Kilpatrick, a recruit for the U.S. Air Force, had no idea about being a father or raising a family. He left his family when Shamrock was only five years old.
His mother later married his stepfather, Bob Nance, who was a US soldier and aviator in the Vietnam War, and Shamrock left Georgia to move with his three younger brothers and his mother to his stepfather’s home town in Napa, California. With the rapid changes in the environment, Shamrock and his brothers soon had difficulty adapting to their new surroundings and got into great trouble with other children in the block.
But it was precisely here that Shamrock’s interest in sports became stronger. He started playing baseball at this young age. He made himself popular with his coach and everyone who watched him play, while he was so passionate and enthusiastic about the sport. And although young Shamrock was exposed to drugs and intoxicants at that age, he did not fall victim to them, but the same could not be said of his brother Richie, who was also playing football at the time. Richie got mixed up in marijuana and heroin.
He was lucky to survive at the age of only ten when he was stabbed several times in a robbery, and when he was 13 years old, his stepfather had had enough, so he and his brothers were kicked out of their house for the incessant trouble they caused. On leaving the house, the brothers scattered and each went his own way. It looked like a stroke of luck (after he was rescued from sleeping in parked cars and transferred from one foster family to another) that he was legally adopted by Bob Shamrock and placed in his foster family – Bob Shamrock’s Boys’ Home – in Susanville, California.
2. Career Highlights
Ken Shamrock started fighting as an MMA fighter in Japan. He fought under the Japanese wrestling promotion called Fujiwara Gumi with the ring name “Wayne Shamrock”. His fight against the kickboxer Don Nayaka Nielsen at the Tokyo Dome in October 1992 opened his eyes to the business side of the sport. After defeating Nielsen in that fight, Shamrock, Minoru Suzuki, and Masakatsu Funaki founded the wrestling promotion Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling in 1993 – in an effort to make money from professional fights. With a record of 17 wins and 3 defeats in 20 fights between 1993 and 1996, Shamrock left Pancrase to the UFC.
At the UFC, his rivalry with Royce Gracie, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu exponent, was epic and lasted until Gracie left the UFC. Later in 1996, he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and then fought again in the Pride Fighting Championships in 2000. He found himself in a feud with Don Frye, who bad-mouthed him for his affair (Shamrock) with 19-year-old Alicia Webb (Shamrock was 35 years old at the time). Their feud ended in the ring and Shamrock lost the fight due to a split decision.
He returned to the UFC in 2002 to fight against Tito Ortiz, with whom he had a feud in 1999, before leaving the UFC to fight in Pride. Tito, the UFC light heavyweight champion, was tasked with defending his title in a title fight against Shamrock. Ortiz won the fight, but later admitted in his book This is Gonna Hurt: The Life of a Mixed Martial Arts Champion that he was “a bit scared” of Shamrock before the fight. And even though Shamrock later revealed that he was fighting with a cracked ACL, the defeat made it two losses in a row for him, something that had never happened in his career, and he considered resigning as a result.
In 2005, he and Ortiz were appointed coaches for The Ultimate Fighter: Season 3, and his fighters did very poorly against Ortiz’s fighters. His feud with Ortiz culminated in two rematches in 2006, with Tito Ortiz winning both and defeating Shamrock with a KO in the second rematch on October 10, 2006. The following year – 2007 – he was dismissed by the UFC.
3. Hall of Famer
Ken Shamrock is also a UFC Hall of Famer. On November 21, 2003, Shamrock and his former UFC rival Royce Gracie were announced as pioneers for admission into the UFC Hall of Fame. The announcement was made at the UFC 45 event at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, by UFC President Dana White, who described it as a “well-deserved” honor “for their (unparalleled) contribution to (sports).
The MMA fighter has twice taken the step into the marriage state. First, he was married to Tina Ramirez, and the marriage produced three boys – Ryan Robert, Connor Kenneth, Sean Garret, and a daughter, Fallon Marie. However, the marriage ended in early 2002, and in 2005 he married a woman he had known since childhood. Their name is only given as Tonya, and although they have no children together, Tonya has three children of her own, whom Shamrock also adopted.
Shamrock also had an affair with Alicia Webb from 1999 until early 2003. Alicia, who was a valet in a wrestling match and was known as Ryan Shamrock, was just 19 years old when she met Ken Shamrock, who was 16 years older than her. Don Frye claimed that he divorced his first wife, Ramirez, because of Alicia Webb and even cheated on his wife with her before he finally left his wife.
5. Brother Feud
Everything he has become in life today may have been due to his foster father, Bob Shamrock, who adopted him and gave him a home when he was homeless and destitute. For this reason, he had a fight with his adopted brother, Frank Shamrock, who abused their foster father. Although Frank had a different version of the story, it seems that the brothers have now reconciled.
Other Facts About Ken Shamrock
Ken Shamrocks is also called the “most dangerous man in the world” after ABC News published a documentary about “The most dangerous things in the world”. His other nickname is One Punch.
He practices the Christain faith and his zodiac sign is Aquarius.
Shamrock has dark brown eyes and light brown hair. He is 1.80 m tall (183 cm) and weighs 212 lbs (96.2 kg).
Bob Shamrock, his foster father, died of diabetes in January 2010.