High road? What high road?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is not a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, but that hasn't stopped him from taking on former UFC Middleweight Champion Frank Shamrock.
Shammy was a guest on Spike TV's "MMA Uncensored Live" last week to discuss the promotion's upcoming Hall-of-Fame ceremony prior to UFC 148 on July 7, 2012, extending his congratulations for this weekend's newest inductee, Tito Ortiz, while calling White a "total douchebag" in the process.
See those comments here.
After the jump, the Las Vegas fight boss fires back at "The Legend" in a recent interview with Sirius XM Satellite radio (via Fight Cove), calling him "the most irrelevant dude on the planet."
Check it out:
"Frank Shamrock’s always talking smack. I don’t know what’s worse, Frank Shamrock talking smack like he should be in the Hall of Fame or Spike TV having him on. We have the biggest fight of the year coming up and they have Frank Shamrock on there, the most irrelevant dude on the planet. Here’s the thing about the UFC Hall of Fame in all honesty, you know, the UFC Hall of Fame this is – these are guys that we have been inducting that have done a lot for the sport since we’ve (ZUFFA) have taken over, you know what I mean? Here’s a guy, you know, Frank Shamrock, Frank Shamrock hasn’t done anything for the new UFC. And when I say the new UFC I mean the regulated, since it’s been regulated, since it’s been back on pay-per-view, mainstream television, all the things that have been done over the last 12 years, the guys who have been inducted have helped us get to where we are. Frank Shamrock isn’t one of those guys."
Shamrock (23-10-2) announced his retirement from the sport of cagefighting midway through the Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Werdum" Showtime telecast just over two years ago (June 26, 2010) in San Jose, California.
He finished his career on the heels of back-to-back losses, getting hammered into a technical knockout (TKO) stoppage by former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz, not long after coughing up the promotion's 185-pound title to San Shou Striker Cung Le.
To his credit, Shamrock was the first fighter to hold the UFC Middleweight Championship (later renamed the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship), held the interim King of Pancrase title in addition to the WEC Light Heavyweight Championship, and in his final run, the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
So how about it Maniacs, was he a pioneer of the sport? Or simply a great fighter during the dark days of MMA?