MMA Legend Ken Shamrock Joins Us: Discusses New Promotion, Compares Notes with Rob Gill

MMA legend and pro wrestling great Ken Shamrock now has own fight promotion. The UFC Hall of Famer is the founder of Valor Bare Knuckle, a bare-knuckle sports league.

Valor Bare Knuckle will hold its second event in the promotion’s history on Friday in Jacksonville, Florida at the UNF Center at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.

Known as the “World’s Most Dangerous Man”, Ken Shamrock rose to fame as one of mixed martial arts’ greatest stars. He was part of the first UFC. Next month is the 30th anniversary of the first UFC, which took place on November 12th, 1993.

Subsequent to gaining fame in MMA, Ken Shamrock made a name for himself in professional wrestling. In the WWE, he wrestled many of the sports entertainment’s greatest stars including The Rock and Owen Hart.

Now retired from competition, Ken Shamrock is a businessman looking to build a new fighting promotion. Ken joined us with CYInterview sponsor Rob Gill for a compelling and insightful CYInterview.

Speaking about his bare-knuckle boxing organization, Valor Bare Knuckle, Ken Shamrock said this:

“I came up with the idea of, you know, being a promoter, which is not the same as fighting, but at least I’m a part of it, a lot of different types of struggles, but exciting and fun. So, I decided to jump into it, but I just didn’t want to jump into it just to put shows on so I could just be part of it and just, you know, go with flow. Just like I was when I was a fighter, I jumped into it and I wanted to put something together that I could be proud of, the fans could be proud of, the media would cover and be different.”

Rob Gill is also a founder of his own sports organization. He started an AAU basketball program in New Jersey. He said this to Ken Shamrock about the latest on his AAU program’s trajectory:

“As we step into season two, which will be next March, you know, we already now have like the number two eighth grade team in the country that is putting me in the conversation with Under Armor for a sneaker deal. Not for me, but for the kids. So, when I think of that and what you just said, you learned in business, I assume, what not to do.”

Ken Shamrock gave his thoughts on Rob Gill’s comments on where he is today now as the founder of Valor Bare Knuckle:

“I was told, and this is early on, that being first isn’t always the best. You know, people always wanted to go out there and try to create something new and be that entrepreneur, and vision, and jump out and do this new thing, and there’s a whole lot of learning that goes on, and a whole lot of money that’s spent from your mistakes that you make during those times, and if you come in behind that, and watch what the other person’s doing, and the success that they’re having, and the things that they’re doing wrong, you don’t have to make those same mistakes.”

Next month is the 30th anniversary of the first UFC. Mr. Shamrock reflects on being part of that event that took place on November 12, 1993:

“I’m blessed, right. I think that’s probably the perfect word, is just being blessed and having an understanding of, you know, who I am and what I need to be and I’ve been able to do that. But when you look back at the start of it, you know 30 years, the very first one and the explosiveness of that first fight, it really set the tone for what people fell in love with later on, was just tremendous. And you know, it’s crazy ‘cause going into it, nobody understood, nobody knew what they were getting into. I mean even though it’s clearly said right there no holds barred, nobody understood what that meant.”

At the WWE’s 1998 King of the Ring pay-per-view, Ken Shamrock defeated The Rock to win that year’s King of the Ring. It was the moment when he realized that transitioning from mixed martial arts to pro wrestling was worth the risk:

“I just remember it just being one show after another show and just constantly trying to put out good matches and then you know, we got to the actual King of the Ring and then me winning that, I remember standing there, realizing like, ok, I’ve made it. You know, I mean, all of the stuff that was doubt, selling out, people being angry that I went to the WWF and fake, you know, type of stuff and I wasn’t a real fighter, you know, I was soft. I mean, you name it, I’m being nice on what was being said. And to stand there at King of the Ring and realize that I made it, like, my legacy and everything that I built is not gonna get trashed because success makes everything right. When I won that, I realized that I made it.”

You can watch the entire CYInterview with Ken Shamrock and Rob Gill below:

You can learn more about Ken Shamrock’s Valor Bare Knuckle boxing promotion by clicking here.

You can learn more about Rob Gill’s company by clicking here.

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