My Life as a Champion MMA Fighter
By Frank Shamrock, By Charles Fleming, Foreword by Mickey Rourke


272 Pages, 6 x 9

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ISBN 9781613744659

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2012)


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A record-setting MMA fighter reveals his turbulent path to glory
Frank Shamrock may be the toughest man alive. The veteran cage fighter—his “extreme fighting” style involves aspects of boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, karate, Brazilian jujitsu, and even Southeast Asian Muay Thai—is the only person to win a title in all three major North American fight promotions. As Ultimate Fighting Champion he was widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.            But Shamrock has led a life of profound, even Dickensian, difficulty. Born Frank Alicio Juarez III, he suffered through a childhood of abuse, neglect, and molestation before sliding into juvenile delinquency and petty crime. After finding some refuge in the penal system, he was eventually taken in by Bob Shamrock, a Northern California man who had fostered hundreds of lost boys—among them Frank’s adoptive older brother, Ken, also a champion MMA fighter. An early marriage followed, and an unplanned pregnancy. When Frank couldn’t afford to support his family, he turned to burglary and wound up in state prison—a fact he has never, until now, discussed publicly. But when he was released, Frank joined Ken in training as a cage fighter. For the next two decades he dominated the entire sport.             This riveting book tells his whole story. Shamrock gives vivid accounts of his fights, both in and out of the ring. He explains his losses and discloses what enabled him to become a champion. He credits the fighters who taught and inspired him and points out the weaknesses of many who didn’t. He details his beef with the UFC and the reasons behind his retirement. He tells all about the violence, the injuries, the booze—and how he overcame them all to become a champion in every sense of the word.


"Frank's recounting of his journey gives us the hidden details of a truly unique life-warrior. Frank is raw, candid, and uncensored as he exposes himself and leaves no stone unturned. Uncaged will shake you to your core."  —Carlon M. Colker, MD, CEO, Peak Wellness, Inc.

Author Biography

Frank Shamrock was the undefeated mixed martial arts (MMA) champion for 10 years and is the only person to win a title in all three major North American fight promotions (UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce). He has worked as an NBC sports announcer, is an owner of fight venues, and created his own line of MMA training gyms. He is the author of Mixed Martial Arts for Dummies. He lives in Los Angeles. Charles Fleming is a writer, an adjunct faculty member of the University of Southern California, and a reporter whose writing has been published in such publications as Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair. He is the coauthor of several books, including The Goomba Book of Love, The Goomba Diet, A Goomba’s Guide to Life, My Lobotomy, and Three Weeks in October. He lives in Los Angeles. Mickey Rourke is an actor, a screenwriter, and a retired boxer. He has acted in such films as Angel Heart, Iron Man 2, and Sin City, and he won a Golden Globe Award in 2009 for his lead role in The Wrestler. He lives in New York City.