In an excellent article on ESPN.com, Frank Shamrock updates the status of his injured knee (he could be out a minimum of nine months, although he wants to see if he can avoid surgery through rehab), who he’d like to fight next (Renzo Gracie), and his plans for the future.
According to Shamrock, MMA lacks star power right now and there aren’t many matchups that interest him. He took a shot at Nick Diaz, who has stated his desire for a match against Shamrock.
One opponent that interests Shamrock is Tito Ortiz, who he fought in 1999, a contest that Shamrock was victorious in and his last match in the UFC:
A divisive figure for his untimely retirement and supreme confidence, Shamrock believes there are few appealing fights for him. Tito Ortiz’s soon-to-be expired UFC contract, however, is attractive to Shamrock, who would like to fight “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” again.
“I think that we’re kind of at a lull in the sport where there are no superstars. I’m sort of waiting for someone to pop up and be a superstar,” he said, slipping into his most serious tone of the day. “It’s not Nick Diaz, I can tell you that. I’m sure somebody will show up and make a good story, good fight out of it.”
For what it’s worth, it looks like the feelings could be mutual between Shamrock and Ortiz. When I interview Tito a few weeks ago for Sportsline, he named Shamrock as a potential opponent that he’d like to fight if he left the UFC.
The only way we’ll see that fight happen is if Ortiz leaves the UFC because there’s no way you’ll ever see Shamrock in the UFC as long as Dana White is president.
To read the Shamrock article in its entirety, click here.