In the early days of MMA, Ken Shamrock was considered one of the most well rounded fighters in the game. Ken had a good combination of submission skills and striking skills in a world full of mostly one dimensional fighters. It was this combination of skills that had people convinced he would be the man to dethrone Royce Gracie. After losing in their first fight, Ken got his chance at redemption at UFC 5 in the very first UFC Superfight. This 36 minute fight, which is still the longest fight in UFC history ended in a draw. The fight was a draw due to the fact that there were no judges judging the fight. The general consensus was that Shamrock had won the fight and was the new top dog in the UFC. This would become official in his next fight with Dan Severn at UFC 6 when he officially won the UFC Superfight Championship. Shamrock would defend his championship twice before relinquishing it to Dan Severn at UFC 9.
After a couple more fights Shamrock left the UFC for the greener pastures of professional wrestling, and more specifically the WWF. Upon his return to MMA 3 and a half years later, Shamrock was never quite the same fighter probably due to the wear and tear of professional wrestling and the rapid evolution of the MMA fighter.
- First UFC Superfight Competitor
- First UFC Superfight Champion