by MMAWeekly TV
In the seven-plus years since Frank Shamrock defeated Tito Ortiz before leaving the UFC, he has managed a 4-1 record in mixed martial arts. But last night was easily Shamrock’s brightest moment in MMA since that departure.
In the nine minutes it took Shamrock to put Phil Baroni to sleep, Shamrock showed that he still has the skills to contend in today’s version of the sport he helped to pioneer. At a time when MMA was still NHB (no holds barred) and style against style, Shamrock was the prototype of today’s mixed martial artist. The fighter that blends all of the arts together without calling any home and throws in a hefty dose of cardio and conditioning.
With Baroni, Shamrock displayed his striking, out-skilling the brawler’s power; his wrestling, gaining superior position; and his submissions, he put Baroni to sleep. Does anything more need to be said?
No, Baroni is not a top ten fighter, but having defeated the likes of Yuki Kondo, Ryo Chonan, and Ikuhisa Minowa, he is a legitimate threat in today’s middleweight division.
Shamrock can rest easy knowing that he did his job and did it well. That he stood up to the test of modern day MMA.
Following his nine-minute lullaby, Shamrock spoke extensively with the media. To hear what he had to say about the fight, the sport – of course Dana White and the UFC are included too – and his path to the future, watch Shamrock’s entire interview Behind The Scenes in the newly revamped MMAWeekly.com Premium Members’ section.
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