Frank Shamrock Says There Is No Hall of Fame Without Frank Shamrock

Jeremy Botter@jeremybotterMMA Senior WriterJune 13, 2012

Frank Shamrock loves himself. This is not up for debate. 

All you have to do is listen to Shamrock perform commentary services for Strikeforce, and you'll understand exactly what I'm talking about.

If Shamrock has faced one of the dudes fighting in the cage, he'll tell us all about what he did that was better than what the opponent is currently doing. If Shamrock hasn't faced one of the guys in the cage, he'll still tell us what he'd do better than what the opponent is currently doing.

It's grating, but that's Shamrock for you. It's one of the traits that made him a great in the early days of the sport, and it's probably the thing that led him to wearing braces for 43 years in order to improve his smile.

So it should come as no surprise that Shamrock, while speaking to Rebellion Radio, said that the UFC Hall of Fame is a  joke: 

I don’t think the Hall of Fame has any credibility unless I’m in it. I was the first champion ever, and set two world records. I’ve been pioneering for this sport since before there was weight classes and gloves. It kind of looks to me like the whole Hall of Fame is up to Dana's own jock as to who decide to go in. And unfortunately that does not apply in a real sport.

I mean, we already know the UFC Hall of Fame isn't for the greatest fighters in the history of the sport. It's for those who meant a lot to the company and helped them grow through tough times. That's why Tito Ortiz is going into the hall next month, and that's why Brock Lesnar (ridiculously) receives serious consideration from fans for induction.

That being said, I love Shamrock automatically discounting any Hall of Fame that he's not a part of. He might just be right, but isn't that for other, non-Shamrock folks to decide?