Shamrock file photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
UFC legend Ken Shamrock
admitted to taking steroids in the past on HDNet’s “Inside MMA” on
Shamrock, 46, received a one-year suspension in February 2009 after
testing positive for the steroid Stanozolol, as well as two
Nandrolone-based substances, 19-Norandrosterone and
19-Noretiocholanolone, following his first-round victory over super
heavyweight Ross Clifton
at Wargods “Valentine’s Eve Massacre” in Fresno, Calif.
Through his representation, the UFC hall of famer adamantly denied
the allegations and vowed to appeal the suspension. Shamrock’s camp
placed suspicions on over-the-counter supplements the fighter had
used, though the suspension ultimately went uncontested.
Steroids have been used by athletes in the sport for both cosmetic
and recovery purposes.
When asked by HDNet’s “Fighting Words” host Mike Straka if he’d
taken steroids, Shamrock answered, “Absolutely.”
"It’s like going to the grocery store. It’s that simple. It’s that
easy,” said Shamrock of the drug’s accessibility during the taped
interview on Friday. “But when you start trying to make things
bigger and better, you’re going to get yourself hurt.”
Shamrock didn’t specify at which point of his athletic career he’d
taken the performance-enhancing drugs (Shamrock also became a WWE
pro wrestler in the late 1990s) and intonated that fans place a
heavy burden on fighters to perform at the highest level.
"They want home runs, baby," Shamrock said. "They want people
jacking them out of the park. But then when they find out about it
they want to stick their heads in the sand and (say), 'How bad,
that was stupid, you're crazy, don't let him in the hall of fame.'
It's like let's point the finger because if we don’t point the
finger at somebody else, we have to point it at ourselves because
we knew. Nobody wants to take responsibility, but everyone wants to
When asked, Shamrock also said he believed steroids should be made
Shamrock, along with Royce Gracie,
is considered one of UFC’s first bona fide stars. His exemplary
physique, broody charisma and aggressive fighting style made an
instant impression on fans at UFC 1 and UFC 3. The reformed
juvenile delinquent made 15 Octagon appearances over the next 13
years and his rivalries with Gracie and later Tito Ortiz
catapulted the promotion forward at key times during its growth.
Shamrock’s “Lion’s Den” squad is the blueprint upon which all MMA
teams are based.
Shamrock is scheduled to headline Impact Fighting Championship’s
July 18 event against fellow UFC veteran Pedro Rizzo at
the Sydney Events Centre in Sydney, Australia.
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