Chris Ivey from MMA Opinion had this to say about Ken Shamrock:
I think its BS to say that someone “should” retire. Do any of us know Ken personally? No. His drive to continue to compete, whether it’s a good decision or not, still says something about the heart he has and the competitor he always has been. No matter who you are, Ken-hater or not, you have to have admiration for someone who still has that hunger and same tenacity in his eyes every time he enters the ring. He loves the sport and if he doesn’t want to let go, who are we to tell him.
Now normally I’m in agreement with people when they say this kind of thing. When Jake Rossen wrote his “10 people who should retire” list on Sherdog, I called him all sorts of nasty names for being some douche telling people they sucked so bad at their job they should stop forever. It just reeks of ego to pretend that anyone should pay attention to your thoughts on the subject.
On the other hand, I do think Ken Shamrock “should” retire, because after seeing the way he’s performed over the past few years it’s pretty clear to me that he’s going to get himself hurt pretty bad. To put things into perspective for you, there’s still a big question mark over whether Ken Shamrock is going to be Kimbo Slice’s next opponent. I’m sure the day after Buzz Berry knocked his block off, Ken was on the phone with Gary saying “Hey, fight’s still on, right???”
So now we’re sitting around waiting to see if Gary Shaw is evil enough to actually still book Shamrock vs Slice. While the hardcore among us who were actually aware Ken was fighting last weekend would groan and roll our eyes, I don’t doubt the majority of people who are Kimbo fans, pro wrestling fans, or regular CBS watchers have no idea what Ken’s been up to lately. The only reason Gary’s probably considering calling the fight off is he knows Ken probably wouldn’t last one minute or one punch, whichever comes first.
I don’t want to be overly dramatic here, but I honestly feel like Ken Shamrock might fucking die in the cage if he fought Kimbo Slice. While I don’t buy into the hype of Kimbo as the next big thing, he’s obviously got killer KO power in his hands. If an elbow from Tito Ortiz or a jab from Buzz Berry has Ken off to lala land, what would a power punch from Slice do to him? Fuck, even Sakuraba knocked Ken Shamrock silly.
For those of you who stuck around with the Chris Benoit story past the ‘Steroids made him crazy’ angle, you’ll know they cut his skull open and his brain poured out like rancid soup. The guy had a brain like a 90 year old Alzheimer’s patient because of constant concussions as a result of his work in the pro wrestling industry. I doubt Ken’s brain is on par, but he’s got 10 years of MMA fights and 5 years of pro wrestling under his belt. He’s now 44 freaking years old. He’s shown that he’s past having a glass jaw, he’s prone to flash KOs. Simply put, there’s something not fucking right with him.
So yeah, in this case, I do think Ken Shamrock “should” retire from MMA, before something really bad happens. And that’s coming from one of the biggest Ken nuthuggers out there.