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Ken Shamrock , who amassed a 26-11-2 record during a fighting career that started before the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event in 1993, will retire after stepping into the cage for a third time against Tito Ortiz on October 10, the Lassen County News reported Tuesday.

Shamrock joined Royce Gracie as the UFC's first icons. He battled the Brazilian legend twice, losing by choke at UFC I and earning a draw after 36 minutes at UFC V.

Early in his career, Shamrock, later dubbed "The World's Most Dangerous Man" during a stint working for Vince McMahon, split time between the UFC and Pancrase, where he defeated fighters like Masakatsu Funaki, Bas Rutten and Maurice Smith.

Shamrock would become synonymous with UFC-promoted cards, and was regarded as a figurehead for the sport in America before leaving for professional wrestling from 1996-2000.

Following his four-year fighting absence, Shamrock returned in Japan's PRIDE organization, where he fought to a 1-3 record, including a classic bout against rival Don Frye.

It was after the Frye fight that Shamrock returned to the UFC and his first bout was likely his biggest. In November 2002 Shamrock stepped into the cage against then UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz (Pictures). He'd take a pounding at UFC 40 and the fight was called after 15 minutes.

A win over Kimo Leoplodo (Shamrock's only victory since taking out an overmatched Sam Adkins in August 2001) is the veteran's last triumph in the cage, and he has since lost three fights in a row.

His most recent bout, an early first round stoppage against Ortiz, had Shamrock pining for another opportunity at his longtime nemesis. He has been granted a third fight and it appears regardless of the result on Oct. 10, Shamrock has decided it's time to hang up his gloves.

The 42-year-old Susanville, Calif. resident told the Lassen County News that upon retirement he intends to promote MMA events, continue training fighters out of his famous Lion's Den academy, get in some golf and spend time with his family.
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I hope he fights Tito at HW So at least he fights one fight there in his weight. But i wish the last fight was with Royce or Frye.
 

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In a way it is sad but very necessary.
 

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Ya Royce and Frye are still fighting to :(

id like to see him go out winning because he really is a good guy no matter what ya say about him.

But he probably will loose.

Oh btw is the fight going to be non ppv? i know dana white is considering it, because the ppv in october is the 14th.
 

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Man this sucks. Ken will always be a great fighter and I seriously hope he can come out on top and defeat Tito Ortiz this time.
 

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Hes a legend and has done a lot for Pancrease and UFC but I'm tired of seeing him fight ever since returning at UFC 40. He has done nothing but lose all but once since UFC 40 (4 years) and kept demanding rematches against Ortiz. Its pretty predictable who will win this fight, maybe Tito will be on the next UFC Ultimate Knockouts new episode after owning Ken for the third time. Give it a rest Ken, Tito will never give you respect. Plus its good you retired because you were soon to die in the ring anyways.
 

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i hope he goes on a trains some bad ass fighters like he should have been 4 years ago. this time he needs to get some fighters that do the damn training "TUF3" morons wouldn't listin. it not the worst thing to go out after a loss, randy C did it. i just wish he had won a few more fights be before ortiz crushed him
 

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Ken Shamrock said:
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Man this sucks. Ken will always be a great fighter
where have you been for the past oooh i dont know, 6 years? Kens won 3 fights since he returned in 2000.....and didnt fight from 1997 til then. I like Kenny as much as the next guy, but seriously, he needs to take whatever Dignity he has left in him and back out of this fight, before Tito beats it out of him. Of course Dana decides to throw Tito a boatload of money to throw the match
 

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where have you been for the past oooh i dont know, 6 years? Kens won 3 fights since he returned in 2000.....and didnt fight from 1997 til then. I like Kenny as much as the next guy, but seriously, he needs to take whatever Dignity he has left in him and back out of this fight, before Tito beats it out of him. Of course Dana decides to throw Tito a boatload of money to throw the match
Maybe not great in the Win/Loss column, but Shamrock will put butts in the seats and fans in front of the PPV every time. He's put on some great matches and that is what makes him great. He has all the dignity he needs with how his career has played out. Love him or hate him, you know you'll watch him fight every time.
 

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Maybe not great in the Win/Loss column, but Shamrock will put butts in the seats and fans in front of the PPV every time. He's put on some great matches and that is what makes him great. He has all the dignity he needs with how his career has played out. Love him or hate him, you know you'll watch him fight every time.
never said I wouldnt watch him, I'm just saying theres a time and a place to hang them up, and its his time. Randy knew right when it was his time....lets hope he doesnt get the itch to come back and fight (granted Id love to see him in action again) once you retire you should stay retired (see Michael Jordan)
 

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for one Randy has not been retired for long so I would not be surprised if he came back within the next two years. As far as Michael Jordan goes: When he came back from retirement he was stillone of the ten or fifteen best players in the league. He had a crappy team who stood around and watched him do all the work while he tried to get them involved. It alsways tickles me when people talking about Joprdan's come back like it was an embarassment. The guy still averaged double figures in the N.B.A against the wiorlds best ballers. Could you do that. There are plenty of guys in the nba that could not. Enough bagging on Jordan coming out of retirement.
Shamrock deserves more respect than he is getting because win or lose he puts people in the seats and he has promoted this sport when no one else did.
 

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for one Randy has not been retired for long so I would not be surprised if he came back within the next two years. As far as Michael Jordan goes: When he came back from retirement he was stillone of the ten or fifteen best players in the league. He had a crappy team who stood around and watched him do all the work while he tried to get them involved. It alsways tickles me when people talking about Joprdan's come back like it was an embarassment. The guy still averaged double figures in the N.B.A against the wiorlds best ballers. Could you do that. There are plenty of guys in the nba that could not. Enough bagging on Jordan coming out of retirement.
Shamrock deserves more respect than he is getting because win or lose he puts people in the seats and he has promoted this sport when no one else did.
well thank you for telling me everything I already know. Dude i dont know why you're turning this personal on me with your "could you do that" comments, I was just making a comparison, chill the **** out. No one is disrespecting Shamrock, were just saying its time to retire, and you're just looking for someone to trash talk with because of it
 

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as a fan of shamrock the news saddens me but better he retire now. rather be rememberd as a joke i will allways be a fan of shamrocks that will never change the guy has the heart of a lion and even though he doesnt get a lot of repect in this forum no one can deny that this man has beeN very good for the sport he is the very reason i got into mma shamrock you put the ufc on the map and along with gracie, tank. and frye AND have made this sport what it is today so THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK
 
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