Frank Shamrock details struggle with alcoholism


The simple business transaction between ZUFFA and Strikeforce turned out to be at least one factor in Frank Shamrock's recent struggle with alcoholism.

"I can’t pin my drinking issues on the sale of Strikeforce," he said. "It’s a genetic disease I've been fighting my whole life. But that was certainly the pinnacle of coming to the realization I shouldn't be out drinking. But I think it's because I fought so hard, and we had fought so hard against the unbeatable adversary, the UFC. I had so much personally invested in the vision or the dream or the chance of Strikeforce. It was my whole life. I didn't have another life. That’s all that I did. This whole experience and journey saved my life. It was a dark day. It was honestly a dark day when it was sold."

While at that time, Shamrock was best known as a Strikeforce commentator on the Showtime broadcasts, he said he was much more deeply invested in the promotion than that surface role. He was a spokesman, a brand consultant, and previously, he was a main event headliner.

"I always thought that the barrier of me not being an alcoholic or having problems was not wrecking a car, killing somebody or drunk driving, " he said. "I thought if you weren't doing that, you were just fine. It turns out, I had a problem for years."

Shamrock has since addressed the problem through sobriety meetings, and while he still works for Showtime as an analyst, he admits that it's not easy for him to look at a company he helped build struggling under new management.

"I used to live on the streets," he said. "I ended up in a prison. I've had the worst life you could ever imagine, and now I'm living the best life you could ever imagine. I mean, I rarely leave my house unless a limo pulls up. The world I live in is vastly different than what other people are living in. It’s a dream."

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jacktripper site profile image  

10/5/12 2:49 PM by jacktripper

File that under first world problem

UGCTT_EnderTL site profile image  

10/5/12 1:39 PM by UGCTT_EnderTL

Dude. You are pretty dumb. Calm down for a sec and read your posts, you might realise that. You said something retarded like "how could something tragic happen when someone is drunk driving?!?!".  I point out how stupid that is. You ignore that, attack my screen name, then call ME a douche?   Are you serious?! hahahahaha

HexRei site profile image  

10/5/12 1:35 PM by HexRei

Right. You're not Ender, you're not even the guy he headbutted to death. You're some douche on the internet. STFU.

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10/5/12 1:30 PM by UGCTT_EnderTL

What a retarded question. Lol.

kazanski13 site profile image  

10/5/12 12:43 PM by kazanski13

What's the name of the store that sells cancer? For as much as Frank preaches Martial Arts over Fighting he never learned about self discipline

Jill Laz site profile image  

10/5/12 6:59 AM by Jill Laz

Frank Shamrock yes at one time was a great fighter paved the way Yada Yada but its the here and now and he does not stop talking his way into a corner he just has a way of trying to act so sincere but it really comes off as conceded and ignorant also with a brother like Ken he's already walking up hill

Rickmeister site profile image  

10/5/12 6:34 AM by Rickmeister

Genetic disease. Nice

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10/5/12 6:25 AM by morse

Voted up

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10/5/12 5:04 AM by YouCantHandleMyRiddum

Frank mirin' himself

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10/5/12 5:01 AM by Bootsy Collins

A predispostion does not equal an inevitability.It's still a matter of will.