Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Two-Fisted Shamrock

One of my favorite early MMA fighters is Ken Shamrock. He fought between 1993 and 2010 and made appearances in Pancrase, Pride and UFC with a couple of late career fights in local venues like King of the Ring, Impact and Cage Rage. He was UFC’s first Superfight Champion, a title that has since been replaced with UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Sadly he spent a couple of years at the end of the 1990s wasting his talent wrestling in the WWF, years that he later tried to make up when he returned to MMA in 2000 and fought well past his prime. When he left for the WWF in 1997 he was 23-5-2 but after he came back in 2000 he went 5-10-0 over the next 10 years. It was during this time that he got cut by UFC and tested positive for steroids following a fight with Wargods. When he finally retired in 2010 he ended his career with an overall 28-15-2 record spanning 17 years.
The card comes from the 2014 TCSP Finest MMA release and the relic is from a warm up t-shirt. Like other Tri City Sports PL cards it is a heavy plastic, almost credit card like, so it holds up well.

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