Ken Shamrock discusses Valor BK, Impact Wrestling Return, and BioXcellerator
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, September 6, 2019
UFC Hall of Famer, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” Ken Shamrock, joined BarnBurner founder Joe Peisich and I on a special edition of the ‘Creative Control’ wrestling show this past week to discuss his latest venture Valor BK, which is a combat sport he’s been passionate about for years, his upcoming return to Impact Wrestling, and how he’s feeling after his stem cell treatments.
Widely regarded as the ‘Godfather of MMA’, Shamrock has been synonymous with combat sports and has been a key figure from his start in Pancrase, the inaugural UFC events, and then again in 2002, when he returned to the UFC for a superfight with then-UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion, Tito Ortiz in a bout that has since been credited by many involved in the sport for garnering mainstream popularity for the UFC.
After years of planning and studying the marketplace, Shamrock, along with his business partner, Des Woodruff, decided now was the perfect time to introduce their brand of bare knuckle fighting to the combat sports world. Valor Bare Knuckle have already separated themselves from other promotion in how their event is structured; they have a one-night Heavyweight tournament along with an alternate bout and undercard bouts.
Another great idea the promotion has done is provide fans with the title of being matchmaker. A few weeks ago, Shamrock announced that fans could vote for fights they wanted to see in the opening round of the tournament, which is unique because no other promotion has really thought of implementing and it allows viewers to feel part of both the show and overall experience.
When discussing the feedback from Valor BK management on the fan voting, Shamrock was thrilled with the results and fan engagement with the product:
“We want the fans involved…we want to make sure that they feel like this is their organization and so we went ahead and let them do it and it’s funny because most of us had pitted the guys that the fans had voted for the same way, so it was really cool how that it worked out that way.”
All four men competing in the one-night tournament have plenty of experience in combat sports; Rameau Sokoudjou, Mark Godbeer, Jack May, and Mighty Mo, all have a wealth of experience competing at the highest level.
Shamrock also discussed his steam cell treatments at the BioXcellerator treatment center in Colombia. return to Impact Wrestling, which takes place tonight. In 2002, Shamrock won a battle royal on to become the inaugural NWA-TNA World Champion and now 17-years later, is returning to the company to go head-to-head with Moose, who he’s been going back and forth with on social media.
When discussing the stem cell treatments, Shamrock was happy with the results and praised BioXcellerator:
“It was a day after I had actually received some of the stem cells that a lot of irritation that I used to have in the middle of my back and my lower back, it was just gone…I didn’t feel it anymore. So after about ten days, some of the aching and stuff that I had going on in my shoulders and my knees have all gone down a bit and doesn’t really start working its full effect until three months, so it’s amazing man.”
Shamrock has busy month planned with the inaugural Valor Bare Knuckle event and Impact Wrestling, so it’ll be interesting to see what’s next for ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Man’.
Check out the full interview with Ken Shamrock:
Photo Credit: @ValorBK and Impact Wrestling (@IMPACTWrestling)