Frank Shamrock was a candidate to step in for adoptive brother Ken Shamrock on the EliteXC “Heat” CBS card on October 4, from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Ken was forced out of the main event against Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson due to a cut sustained the day of the scheduled bout.
Frank addressed the bizarre circumstances surrounding the cut and whether or not he thought the laceration was legitimately derived. “I came down on him pretty hard, but things do happen before fights,” said the former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight titleholder. “If it were me, I would have had some superglue and some make-up, and I would have been out there fighting. But he’s old and he’s crusty. And I don’t know if his cajones are hanging like they used to.”
Calling his older brother’s manhood into question aside, Frank didn’t feel the cut was obtained by anything other than improper preparation, something that caused him to leave the Lion’s Den with only a pair of boxing gloves in 1997.
“I don’t think Ken is that sophisticated that there’s some sinister play involved,” commented the younger Shamrock. “I know he needed the money. I know this was a big moment for him. I just think he’s a knucklehead like he’s been forever. I think he was, you know, fighting the day of his fight as a warm-up. And that’s just, it’s just so old school. It’s so yesterday that he’s doing that.”
Seth Petruzelli, who was originally supposed to fight on the undercard, ended up being Kimbo’s opponent, knocking out the hyped street fighter turned mixed martial artist’s in just 14 seconds.