Does he really have something to prove? Next to the bed in his Windsport motor home, parked behind a discount tire store in suburban San Diego, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” has a Bible and a Glock. “That’s the American way,” Ken Shamrock says, breaking into a smile with just enough malice to make you wonder. “Me and my Bible will beat the faith into you.” In the next room, a timid pit bull whines, tail between its legs. She’s been Shamrock’s only company as he prepares for Friday’s much-anticipated fight with Kimbo Slice on Spike TV. There’s a greasy George Foreman grill in the back. A ubiquitous and eponymous energy drink is everywhere. There are no luxuries here.
“Because of who I am and what I’ve accomplished, everything is pretty much given to me,” Shamrock says. “People cater to me all the time. It’s almost like I’ve lost that edge—lost the ability to want something and then put in the work necessary to get it. “I have to earn whatever it is I get from here on out. Right now I don’t even have running water in that trailer. I have to go and shower at the gym. Shave at the gym. I have to bring in water in jugs in order to have water to boil for food. It’s been rough.” A UFC Hall of Famer, the 51-year-old Shamrock was the first man to earn seven figures for a fight in the Octagon. That was 10 years and a lawsuit ago. Now, in a sad motor home in a questionable part of town, he’s looking for one more chance—a chance to write that happy ending all fighters dream of but few can realize.
A pink sign hanging on the door reads “The Gift of Friends.” That may work for Mama Shamrock, but the grizzled cagefighter inside belies that message. The bathroom looks like it belongs to a college freshman. There’s a pan on the bed to catch the drip, a rare spring storm having created a significant leak. Last night, he says, he was forced to sleep on the couch with the dog. He says it with a twinkle in his eye. Ken Shamrock looks happy. “I feel really good,” he says. “I feel like I’ve been given a second chance to do what I love doing. I thought I had lost my opportunity to go out of this sport the way I wanted to go out—and that’s to go out fighting and go out fighting at a relatively high level.”
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