Posted by big_timmy
I understand he started in UFC 1, and did pretty well, but what has he really done? What did he do that Don frye didn't do better?
This isnt fighter bashing, i just dont understand why he should be in the HOF.
Ken Shamrock had everything that a fighter should have in the eyes of an idealistic North American white male 20-30 year old MMA fan - physique, attitude, mic skillz, born American, Caucasian and that certain something, call it "charisma"?, that made him very likeable among MMA's core audience even when he was losing.
Unfortunately, the losing part is something that Ken Shamrock has been experiencing more often than not through-out his MMA career. His most positive career defining fight was his second against Royce - a draw. Even though, IMO, it looked like Ken fought not to lose the fight, nonetheless it was a big deal and a kind of "victory" at the time.
Then came the craptacular Ken vs Severn II. That left another big loss and rather ugly stain on his legacy. He moved on to a rasslin' career which gave him a bigger spotlight and probably picked-up a ton of fans. This added fame helped in his return to MMA and lead-up to Tito/Ken I. Tito/Ken I was a huge money maker at the time for North American mma and that's why Ken is in the UFC HAll Of Fame more than any other reason - Ken Shamrock despite his inability to win big fights could still draw more attention than most fighters and more importantly more money when ever he fought.
IMO, Ken in his prime proved to be a tough, game fighter (see Ken/Frye) but ultimately at the end of the day he just couldn't beat the top level guys. I think he may have lacked the level of mental toughness (which goes right back to training and onwards) needed to topple some of the guys he lost to. Throw in a couple bad breaks like the controversial stoppage against Sakuraba and it's been an ugly career at times for Ken.
Bottomline, Ken Shamrock was very popular amongst the fans for reasons other than being a winner and apparently this is enough for the Hall Of Fame.