It is a well-known fact that there is no love lost between UFC president Dana White and retired mixed martial artist Frank Shamrock.
The two have battled back-and-forth verbally over the years and it is more than obvious they aren’t exactly fond of each other. Shamrock was a guest on the June 28 edition of Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored Live television program and the 39-year-olds remarks about two specific subjects have garnered a lot of discussion and debate in the MMA community. Firstly was Shamrock’s response when he was asked about whether or no he deserves to be in the UFC Hall of Fame in light of the announcement that Tito Ortiz (a man Shamrock has defeated) would be inducted prior to UFC 148 next weekend. Secondly were Shamrock’s remarks when he was asked about his relationship with the UFC president. In case you missed it, here’s what he had to say.
“Well, honestly, I didn’t really care, but my wife was pretty pissed that I wasn’t in the Hall of Fame. I don’t care. I think it’s awesome that Tito’s in. He deserves to be in there. I believe I should be in the Hall of Fame, but it ain’t my Hall of Fame. If they want to put me in, that’s great. It’s not gonna keep me up at night.”
“Here’s my thing. I did everything I could for the sport, from speaking to the commissions to presenting in front of cable companies – anything and everything; I was hired to go do it. I was a great spokesman, and I believe in this sport. If they wanna put me in or not, it’s totally up to them. I think it’s just a big knucklefest. God bless Tito, and I’m real proud that he’s made it.”
“It’s definitely personal between Dana and I. To further that, I’ve done everything I can possibly do for this sport. I hope that would include UFC. You know, Dana and I don’t get along. I think he’s a total douchebag and a bully. I just, I got no breath for him.”
While Shamrock claims he has no breath for White (despite calling him a douchebag and a bully), the UFC’s head honcho didn’t hold back when Shamrock’s name was brought up on a recent interview with Sirius XM Satellite radio. Read below to see White’s rebuttal to Shamrock’s latest verbal attack as well as his comments about being in the Hall of Fame.
“Frank Shamrock’s always talking smack. I don’t know what’s worse, Frank Shamrock talking smack like he should be in the Hall of Fame or Spike TV having him on. We have the biggest fight of the year coming up and they have Frank Shamrock on there, the most irrelevant dude on the planet. Here’s the thing about the UFC Hall of Fame in all honesty, you know, the UFC Hall of Fame this is – these are guys that we have been inducting that have done a lot for the sport since we’ve (ZUFFA) have taken over, you know what I mean? Here’s a guy, you know, Frank Shamrock, Frank Shamrock hasn’t done anything for the new UFC. And when I say the new UFC I mean the regulated, since it’s been regulated, since it’s been back on pay-per-view, mainstream television, all the things that have been done over the last 12 years, the guys who have been inducted have helped us get to where we are. Frank Shamrock isn’t one of those guys.”
“Most of the guys in MMA, the fighters and stuff don’t like Frank Shamrock. He came out one time he was on the Jimmy Fallon show and he was talking about this anti-bullying thing, and Mike Swick came out on Twitter and said ‘You’ve got to be (expletive) kidding me. Frank Shamrock when I was coming up in MMA, there wasn’t a bigger bully on earth than Frank Shamrock. Frank Shamrock is the biggest bully I’ve ever met in my entire life and I’d love to beat his ass’.”
After hearing White comments, it’s safe to say Shamrock won’t be making it into the Hall of Fame and abundantly clear the UFC president and former Strikeforce and UFC champion won’t be having a reconciliation of their relationship anytime soon.