A few weeks back, I said I couldn’t name one prominent mixed martial artist who retired on his own terms. I can now. Frank Shamrock.
During last night’s Strikeforce “Fedor vs. Werdum” broadcast, Frank Shamrock entered the cage and announced his retirement. Without mentioning him by name, Frank acknowledged his brother, Ken, and thanked his “honest” promoter, Scott Coker, and his family for supporting him. He then told the San Jose crowd it was “an honor to bleed for you, break my bones for you and to entertain you.” Shamrock proceeded to bow to the crowd one last time.
Shamrock’s announcement won’t get nearly the attention it deserves due to what transpired later in the evening, but for the early fans of the sport, Frank Shamrock will always be remembered as a true legend and pioneer of mixed martial arts.
Here’s what Frank had to say about the decision in the post-fight press conference.