Frank Shamrock Claims Steroids Fried Ken's Mind
I saw this early today and thought it would be the hot topic of the day, but haven't seen it posted...so here it is...
So much for brotherly love.
Strikeforce world middleweight champion Frank Shamrock claims that his adoptive brother, UFC hall-of-famer Ken Shamrock, has done steroids "his whole life" and that the performance-enhacing drugs have given him a false sense of security.
When asked if he knew any fighters who were taking steroids, Frank mentioned only Ken.
"My brother Ken did them his whole life," Frank told MMA Madness. "Why do you think that his mind is so fried? Why do you think he crumbles before the big fights? He's got no psyche. He let steroids give him a false sense of security and the moment that stuff is gone he's no longer superman. He's just a regular man. But without all the hard work and without all the belief in himself that a regular man would have if he got up to that point. He's the only guy that I'll tell on, because he's always in trouble anyway.
MMAjunkie contacted one of Ken's representatives about the claims earlier today, and a response is expected to be issued soon.
It's worth noting, though, that Ken has never failed a drug test during an MMA event, and in recent years, the UFC almost always holds events in states in which drug testing is performed (though all fighters aren't always tested). However, fighters such as Dan Severn have long hinted that Ken uses steroids, and there's widespread speculation that Ken used during his days with the WWE.
Still, Frank gave no basis for his claims, nor did he mention any proof or specific instances in which he saw Ken use drugs.
Frank, who defends his Strikeforce title against Cung Le at next week's EliteXC/Strikeforce co-promotion, also spoke about the feud with his brother. The two have been estranged for a number of years, and Frank claims that it began when he decided to train on his own -- without the help of Ken. He said Ken was a "terrible teacher" and that jealousy over his own success caused the rift.
Both fighters have spoken openly about a potential fight, which would be billed as "brother vs. brother," taking place sometime in the next year. EliteXC live events president Gary Shaw said he'd be willing to promote it, but the brothers would likely produce it themselves.
Frank is eyeing an early 2009 fight date and said the bout would probably take place at 205 lbs.
With these latest claims, the fight probably got a whole lot more personal.
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