After nearly two decades, Frank Shamrock and his adopted brother Ken are looking to bury the hatchet.
According to MMAFighting, Frank will be in Ken’s corner come Feb. 19 — when Ken takes on former UFC 1 tournament champion and fellow MMA legend Royce Gracie in a trilogy bout at Bellator 149. The feud between the two fighters first gained public notoriety when Frank decided to leave his longtime training partners — including Ken — at Lion’s Den.
Several other personal incidents have occurred since then, but Ken says it’s time to start moving in a more positive direction.
“You got to forgive and just got to move forward,” Ken said to MMAFighting Wednesday. “And work with what you’ve got. I think me and Frank have been doing that slowly. He’s not fake; I’m not fake. So, it’s not like we’re gonna smile and hug each other and pretend like nothing ever happened, because it’s not true. But what we will do is recognize that we need to move forward.”
Frank will reportedly not take part in Ken’s training camp for this fight, which takes place in Dallas.
Ken, 51, most recently stepped into the Bellator MMA cage in June taking on Kimbo Slice in a long-budding grudge match. After dominating most of the grappling exchanges and nearly securing a rear-naked choke, Ken was knocked out in the first round. It was his first fight since 2010.
Eight years Ken’s junior, former UFC middleweight champion Frank has been retired since a 2009 loss to Nick Diaz in Strikeforce.