Friday, February 2, 2007

Martial arts' Frank Shamrock tries luck in ring

As one member of the Shamrock family has wound down his storied mixed martial arts career, another is ready to return to the spotlight.

Frank Shamrock will have his highest-profile bout in more than six years when facing Renzo Gracie in the main event of Elite Xtreme Combat's debut card Feb. 10 on Showtime. The younger brother of legendary MMA fighter Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock also is the coach of the San Jose (Calif.) Razorclaws in the International Fight League, another upstart promotion that is pushing team-based MMA fighting.

"It's challenging," Frank Shamrock said of balancing responsibilities for two different MMA groups. "I'm awfully busy. But at the end of the day, it's all mixed martial arts and fighting. It's what I've been doing anyway."

But while remaining close to the sport throughout this decade as a trainer, Shamrock had faded from fighting despite having emerged as one of MMA's top middleweights in the late 1990s. Shamrock's biggest victory came in 1999 against Tito Ortiz, who has defeated Ken Shamrock in three of the most notable bouts in Ultimate Fighting Championship history.

Shamrock left UFC as its middleweight champion shortly thereafter and has competed in only three bouts since then, winning all three.

"My goal is to become the best fighter in the world, and I did that at a time when there was no money or interest in the sport," said Frank Shamrock, 34. "I stepped away and got into the business side of things . . . All those fights I've done since 1999, I was either the promoter or co-promoter.

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