Yet another member of the Shamrock family will be entering the sport of mixed martial arts.
San Jose-based MMA promotion Strikeforce announced last night that Jeff Shamrock, a nephew to UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, has signed a multi-fight contract to compete for the company.
“I am very thankful for this opportunity,” Shamrock is quoted as saying in a press release issued by Strikeforce. “Signing with Strikeforce gives me a chance to put all of my training to the test, and to develop an elite fighter. I am really looking forward to fighting for them.”
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is equally as excited about Shamrock’s arrival.
“I am definitely excited to have Ken Shamrock’s nephew as a part of the Strikeforce team,” Coker is quoted as saying. “Jeff possesses that incredible Shamrock strength that his family is known for. I expect great things from Jeff and look forward to his professional debut.”
At 18 years of age, Jeff Shamrock is the youngest member of Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den. According to Strikeforce, the young welterweight is expected to debut for the promotion during its next card. He joins Ken Shamrock’s son, 19-year old Ryan, as the latest in the second-generation of Shamrock’s to enter the sport.
Ryan Shamrock is contracted to EliteXC and is 1-1 as a professional. He made his pro debut last August, defeating Josh Besneatte via submission in round 1. Shamrock then debuted for EliteXC this past March while competing in the UK for the Cage Rage promotion. He was declared the loser in the bout after a doctor determined following the first round that he could not continue fighting due to a broken hand.
His father also went on to lose in one of the night’s featured matches when he was knocked out in the first round by Robert “Buzz” Berry.