This weekend, Tito Ortiz will become the ninth fighter to enter the UFC Hall of Fame. After each of the previous induction ceremonies, old school mixed martial arts enthusiasts have vigorously debated that the Octagon’s exclusive club will never be complete without the inclusion of one Frank Shamrock (Pictured).
While Shamrock certainly won’t be arguing with the general consensus, he isn’t about to stage a rally on his own behalf, either.
“Honestly, I didn’t really care, but my wife was pretty pissed that I wasn’t in the Hall of Fame,” Shamrock revealed on Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored. “I think it’s awesome that Tito’s in, he deserves to be in there. I believe I should be in the Hall of Fame, but it ain’t my Hall of Fame. So if they wanna put me in, that’s great.”
Shamrock posted a perfect 5-0 mark in the UFC from 1997-1999, with all of his scraps being of the championship variety. He took the light heavyweight title from Kevin Jackson in his promotional debut and abruptly retired after submitting Ortiz in his final fight for the company.
The then-29-year-old resumed his illustrious career just nine months later, but he never returned to the Octagon. Many think his beef with UFC president Dana White is the reason he didn’t take his talents back to the world’s premier MMA organization, and Shamrock believes their feud is why he has been excluded from the Hall.
“It’s definitely personal between Dana and I,” Shamrock admitted. “To further that, I’ve done everything I could possibly do for this sport. I hope that would include UFC. Dana and I don’t get along. I think he’s a total douchebag and a bully. I just, I got no breath for him.
“I did everything I could for the sport, from speaking to the commissions to presenting in front of cable companies – anything and everything I was hired to go do. I was a great spokesman and I believe in this sport. If they wanna put me in or not, it’s totally up to them. I think it’s just a big knuckle fest.”
Shamrock’s wife would like for her hubby to one day join Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Dan Severn, Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, Charles Lewis Jr., Matt Hughes and Ortiz as members of the UFC’s Hall of Fame.
In the meantime, Shamrock is serving as color commentator for Strikeforce, the UFC’s sister company.