“I wasn’t able to deliver in my last fight. It was a good show, but it was an OK fight. I didn’t deliver a performance. I look at it like, ‘If the actor can’t hold the role, then you need a new actor…I think I have to (make a decision) just from a smart business standpoint. I can’t have another Nick Diaz night, unfortunately. The reason why people are Frank Shamrock fans is that I show up, and I deliver every time. I’ve never gone in and gotten my ass kicked. I’ve never gone in and not had an outstanding performance, which is what people pay for. It’s a brand-new experience for me, and I’ve always been able to go in there – broken, whatever – and been able to push it aside and perform…So I don’t know. Am I getting old? Do I care less? Is it time to move on? I have no idea because this is my first experience.”
—A humbled Frank Shamrock, via MMA Junkie, pondering over where he takes his career following his devastating loss to Nick Diaz in the main event of Strikeforce’s debut on Showtime.
It’s definitely a different side of Frank Shamrock than we’re used to seeing. Despite suffering a rib injury in the weeks leading up to the fight, he makes no excuses for his performance against Diaz, and seems to be actually considering retirement to protect his image rather than risk future beatings that would tarnish his legacy much like his brother Ken has.
That said, something tells me we haven’t seen the last of Frank Shamrock.
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