Ken Shamrock Never Meant To Hurt The UFC
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.10.2014
That wasn't his intention...
In an interview with The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting), Ken Shamrock said it was never his intention to hurt the UFC. The two have had problems with each other for some time, made worse by a Twitter fight between Shamrock and UFC President Dana White last year. Last month, White revealed that he and Shamrock had buried the hatchet after a 40-minute phone call.
On his problems with White: "I know that I had my moments where it was more personal for me, just as Dana's had his. But as time went on, it just got to a point where, it felt like no matter what I was fighting for, whether it was for fighters' pay or fighter treatment, or whether it was the way the I've been treated, or even the way the show is going, it just seemed like I was banging my head against the wall, almost. So it got to the point where it was just becoming so repetitious. It seemed like every time my name got mentioned, I got bashed. Every time Dana's name got mentioned, it got bashed. I just saw the opportunity to at least reach out and squash it, hoping that Dana had the same thoughts that I was having."
On ending the feud: "I wanted to bury the hatchet. Dana felt the same way. But again, like I said, neither one of us relinquished our positions. I think we both still kinda feel the same way we feel, but I think that we understand that the way we were going about it wasn't the right way."
On how their relationship is now: "My intentions have never been to hurt the UFC," Shamrock said in closing. "Early on, my intentions were to really dig at Dana. There's no question, I got personally involved in some things I thought he did me wrong, I thought he was doing some people wrong. But I see where Dana's coming from, he wants to protect the UFC at all costs. I understand what he's doing. I didn't have an understanding of that before, so we both have a different understanding of each other. So I think anything's possible now. I think Dana understands that I'm not person I was years back, when I thought he did me wrong and I thought that he did some other people wrong. We're past that. It's time to move forward. Put that behind and move forward, and so I'm willing to do that. I'm sure he feels like I did him wrong, too. He has his position about what I did wrong to him, so if he's willing to put that behind him and I'm willing to put what I think he did behind me and move forward for the benefit of MMA and the fans, then I think that's the best thing we could possibly do, and I think we've done that."