Ken Shamrock is an american freefighter and former professional wrestler. He is best known for his participation in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC),  the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Shamrock was a NWA World Heavyweight Champion in TNA, and was the 1998 King of the Ring in WWF. His nickname is "The world´s most dangerous man". He worte two books: "Beyond the Lion's Den" and "Inside the Lion's Den".

Hardcore, intense, unrelenting, champion, Hall of Famer, and living legend, names that are synonymous to Ken Shamrock, with years of hard work, dedication and memorable battles in the ring and octagon, Ken has earned all the above. Fighting tooth and nail in some of the most memorable match-ups the freefight world has had to offer Ken has entertained millions around the word with his aggressive style submitting, and pounding out victory after victory leaving a path of fallen foes and in the process has tacked on a legion of hardcore Shamrock fans.

But there is a another side to the No Holds Barred superstar that only few are aware of, all though he has been portrayed as "The World's Most Dangerous Man", a title that he can most certainly back up with a twelve year fight career and record of (26-9-2), he is a God fearing family man with a humble heart. As a fighter Ken has been seen time and time again, win, lose or draw he was entertaining and the fans loved and followed the NHB competitor everywhere. Pancrase, UFC, UU, PRIDE, WMMAA, and the WWE, Ken has seen all and entertained all.

But Ken the Christian?

Yes, that is right, Ken as always been a believer and has now rededicated and refocused his life to Jesus Christ, and all though he doesn't throw his faith and ways of believing up in everybody's face, he is not ashamed! Just ask what the change in Ken's life has been, and he will tell you Jesus Christ. The dedicated Christian has been blessed with one highlighted successful career, and most importantly a loving wife named Tonya who stands faithfully by his side and some very beautiful children, that he dearly loves. Yes, Ken the brawler is also Ken the Daddy, Ken the fighter is Ken the husband, Ken the champion is Ken the Christian.

Ken, who is recognized as a Fighter of Faith took spoke with Benny Henderson Jr. about his career, faith and future. Here you can read a part of the interview (we would like to thank Benny Henderson J. and Fighters of Faith for giving the permission to use their material on our website):

Benny Henderson Jr.:
"How long have you been a Christian and can you tell us how you came to know Christ?"

Ken Shamrock:
"I can't put a direct time on it but it was probably around when I was nine or ten years old when I got baptized. If anybody knows my life story or has read my book they know I got into a lot of trouble and I didn't have much of guidance, my family was broken up. My two older brothers went into juvenile hall and I followed them into juvenile hall from stealing and fighting and doing everything I guess a kid trying to find his way would do without any leadership. I fell way from the Lord and got into Bob Shamrock's group home. I never turned away from Christ as far as saying I didn't believe but I wasn't living the life style, I really didn't know how to live the lifestyle at that time. I rededicated myself when I was in high school of course being a teenager (Laughs) I strayed off the course many many many times, but the whole time I believed in God, I knew there was a Jesus Christ and a God and because of that I was being drug back to Christ. You know when you believe in Jesus and you try to walk away from Him, not saying you don't believe Him or not saying that you don't want to walk that direction, He will drag you back every time, He will knock you down every time, and that's the reason why I kept getting back to Christ because I would never denounce Him, I would never that I didn't believe in Him or didn't want to follow Him, I would never say that. Obviously people who has been around me or been around me at different points and times no I was not living a Christian life. There are a lot of things that happened to me during that period of time; since I was ten to when I was probably forty I really bounced back and forth a lot of the time. And now I rededicated my life and things are a lot different for me now, there are no insecurities, there are no uncertainties I have a strong family back ground and a strong family that believes in God. There are a lot of things that will help me stay string and sturdy for God, and I am not going to stray from that, I'm not going to walk on the other side and say I believe in God, I am rededicated and I will stay on that path. Because one, I have children that look up to me, I have fans that look up to me and a family that needs to know Jesus Christ, and if I don't bring them there no one will."

Benny Henderson Jr.:
"How has your life changed since taking on the role as a believer?"

Ken Shamrock:
"In my situation there are a lot of expectations from Ken Shamrock, a lot of expectations for the fighter Ken Shamrock, but, you know what, we have turned our children's way over to Christ for us to try to lead them in the right direction, we turn over our bills and finances and the fans base and the people who have question who I am and what I am about, we have turned all that over to Jesus. We do what we are humanly capable of doing and let God work the rest of it out."

Benny Henderson Jr.:
"You compete in one of the most hard core sports in the fight world where people can get cut and bloodied up, they can receive broken bones get knocked out and could very well receive serious injury. Some would probably ask the question how could a Christian compete in such a brutal sport where your job is to inflict pain an injury to your opponent, how would you answer that?"

Ken Shamrock:
"That is an easy one to answer because one, when you are going out there and you are competing in a sport as this you are looking to do one thing and that is to win, it is the competitive thing, you want to go out there and win. I don't go into the ring and think I am going to go in there and inflict as much pain on this individual as humanly possible because that is what I want to do, no, I walk in the ring and I go listen I am going to win that belt or I am going to win that competition, and I am going to submit him or I am going to knock him out. I am not mentally thinking about hurting this guy mentally or permanently or to where he can never compete again, I want to win. I work hard to do that and I train hard to do that, and God brings everybody to a calling, and whatever it is that you are doing it is what He brought you to do. I am in a sport in which people say it is violent, in my opinion this sport is no more violent than someone going out and playing football, or soccer or any sport that they go out there and on there mind is to win. The whole goal in this is to win, if you don't win you get back on your horse and you work harder and you try and do better, it isn't about inflicting pain, it is not about hurting somebody, it is about trying to do your best and win. Yes there are some injuries that could be caused, and yes there are some aggressions, but you know what, there is nothing wrong with being aggressive, or being a competitor, and no where in the Bible does it say thou shall not compete, thou shall not go out there and try to win. The Bibles actually says that it wants you to succeed and be successful, and it wants you to have a good attitude. I have had talks with people who has those questions about themselves, whether this was what they are supposed to be doing, I say the same thing to everybody, if it is something that you feel you should not be doing, then maybe you should step back take a look at it, pray about it. People shouldn't tell you that you can't fight if you are a Christian, who are they to know what God has brought you to do? You can be a fighter and you can still serve the Lord, and you can show people by the way you act while you are fighting when you win or lose of what a Christian is supposed to be like."

Benny Henderson Jr.:
"What obstacles does a fighter face in the fight world, even more so are they the same for a Christian fighter?"

Ken Shamrock:
"As far as fighters obstacles it is just being able to find a camp or team that will take you in or you will have to fight tooth and nails to be noticed and taken in. As far as being a Christian the problem that I see and I've seen it a lot of times and there is nothing wrong with it you just have to educate them and that is being a new Christian. When you first accept the Lord you are so on fire that you are out there telling everybody about your faith and about Christianity and you want to save everybody because you feel so good you have to pass it on. But you have to be careful as a new Christian that you are not out there aggressively pushing it on people and almost like being a bully in a sense with your faith. You have to be careful with how fired up you get so that you will not back yourself in a corner and when you make a mistake they hammer you on it."

Benny Henderson Jr.:
"The ones who knew you back in the day do they treat you any different now in knowing that you are a living your life as a Christian?
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Ken Shamrock:
"I would say that I have gotten a lot more respect, for myself. I went through a lot of hard times with the divorce and child custody, it was just a lot of that I went through and it drug me down man, I hard a hard time trying to keep my faith, not that I denied it but I wasn't walking the way I should have walked. I felt really down and really didn't really respect myself to much, and I didn't really respect to many people around me so the way I felt it went out to the other people that I was dealing with in business, and they didn't want to deal with me. Now that I have redirected my life and became a more dedicated and have more of a walk with Christ, I am not pushing this in anybodies face, I am not going out there and telling people the reason why I changed is because of Jesus Christ himself, people are going to know and they will figure it out when they look at me and they go what happened to him why is he so different they are going to be searching for something that has changed me, that is the catch. They will start shooting for what ever it is that I have, and when they want to know and they want to know I will tell them. When I deal with people on business like for instance with Dana White, they all seen the change in me and they have all commented that it is a much better Ken Shamrock, and it is a much better person to deal with."

Benny Henderson Jr.:
"The sports world seems to be running short on positive role models, how important do you feel it is for an athlete or anybody in the spotlight to live a positive lifestyle since the younger ones could very well be watching them, I know it isn't the celebrities responsibility to raise the children but do you feel they should take notice since they are the ones being looked up too?"

Ken Shamrock:
"Yeah I do, and there are ones out there that you can look at and go you know what that guy is just going to end up when it is all over and the lights are off of him and he is no more doing what he was capable of doing athletic wise, he is going to be one lonely person. And a lot of the time people find Christ that way, when it is all taken away from them. What Christians need to understand and young people when they are watching these type of things don't necessarily look at what has happened to somebody, because people that are in the spot light all the time are only going to be shown when something is wrong, or it is something exciting to talk about, they are not going to go hey watch me go to church, what me study and watch me pray everyday, they won't watch that but they will watch that one or two times a year that you go out there and mess up, you get into a fight, or you cuss somebody out, that is what they are going to see. They are not going to see what kind of person he really is.
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Benny Henderson Jr.:
"Is there anything you would like to add to this interview or say in closing?"

Ken Shamrock:
"Yeah, I just want to say that there is nothing greater than living your life like Jesus wants you to live it, things are difficult and it is not that it isn't any different or any harder it is just that you have more of an inner peace and more comfort, when something goes wrong you can just breathe and let it go and pray about it and move on. Most of the time, it will work out. I will just say that I have been there and I am forty-one years old, I have been at the top, I have been at the bottom and at the top again and been slammed down a few times and brought back to Christ, keep your faith man, just keep your faith, everything will work out."

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