Frank Shamrock was born Frank Alicio Juarez III on December 8, 1972, at the
UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, California. A sensitive child, raised in a
difficult family, Frank's early life was filled with violence, poverty and
trouble. Rejecting his family, Frank became a ward of the State of
California at 12 and a prison inmate at 18. But by the age of 22, Frank was
a world story. His incredible journey, soon to be published in book form,
has been an inspiration to fans around the world.
As a fighter, Frank "The Legend" Shamrock was a mixed martial arts and
extreme fighting pioneer. He was the world's first UFC Middleweight
Champion, and left the UFC as the four-time, undefeated champion. He secured
four world titles, and set two world records for the fastest championship
victories in history – defeating one contender in 14 seconds and another in
20. He is widely considered the first complete fighter/athlete and promotes
martial arts as saving his life.
"The Legend's" legendary fights helped make MMA a growing and respected
sport, and he is credited with advancing the sport to broadcast television.
In 2006 Frank won the first-ever sanctioned MMA fight in California,
knocking out family rival Cesar Gracie. He went on to highly-rated bouts
with MMA superstars Phil Baroni, Renzo Gracie and Cung Le. In 2009, Frank's
MMA expertise went multimedia, with the publication of the book "Mixed
Martial Arts For Dummies" and repeated TV commentating appearances on CBS's
"Saturday Night Fights" and fights on Showtime.
Today, Frank and his wife Amy live in San Jose, California with their
daughter Nicolette, born in April 2008. Frank also has a 22 year old son
Frankie, from his first marriage, who currently lives in Arkansas and is
studying acting, modeling and stage technique.
Now retired from professional competition, the Legend likes to hike outdoors
with his family, is an avid reader of any and all books, loves to dance with
his daughter and watch movies.