Friday, February 9, 2007

Five Ounces of Pain: Interview with Frank Shamrock

Professional mixed martial arts didn't start in the United State until 1993, and the sport resembled very little of what you see today. It wasn't until Frank Shamrock came onto the scene during the latter part of the 20th century that the sport really began to evolve.

It was around the time of Shamrock's emergence when MMA fighters began showing well-rounded skills of being able to fight both standing up and on the ground. Shamrock was one of the sport's true dual threats with his catch wrestling style and tremendous kickboxing skills.

Shamrock would emerge as a five-time UFC middleweight champion before going into a state of inactivity at the turn of the century. He turned to other business interests, and while he continued to train actively, he has fought just three times since 1999. But Shamrock will fight for the first time since last March in the main event of Showtime's and EliteXC's first-ever card on Feb. 10 in Southaven, Miss., against Renzo Gracie.

According to Shamrock, Saturday's match will mark his full-time return to the sport he helped redefine in the late '90s.

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