Bob Shamrock dies at 68 – Father to Ken & Frank Shamrock

Bob and Ken Shamrock

January 14th, 2010 – Bob Shamrock, the father of legendary MMA fighters Ken Shamrock and younger brother Frank Shamrock passed away today Thursday, Jan 14th at 2pm at the home of his eldest son Ken – surrounded by friends and family.  Ken Shamrock and his wife Tonya brought Bob to their home on Saturday after a long term battle with different health complications due to Diabetes – Bob was 68 years old.

Bob is best known for opening up his home in Susanville, CA to literally hundreds of defiant and hardcore kids.   Ken Shamrock (then Ken Wayne Nance) was 13 years old when he arrived at the Shamrock Boys Home in Susanville, CA – Ken at the time was in trouble with the law for strong armed robbery among other things.

“I just watched Ken’s eyes when he first arrived, because this was my home. It wasn’t some business place where I came on from 8 til 5 – it was my home, and the house was really big, we ate well, we had a swimming pool, and all those kinds of things. It was a lot different than the other group homes he had been in.” Bob Shamrock

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Professional MMA fighter Ross Clifton has died

Photo: Sherdog - Big man Ross Clifton swings on Ken Shamrock.
Photo: Sherdog - Big man Ross Clifton swings on Ken Shamrock at War Gods in Feb. 2009.. Clifton fought one more time after this.

The sport of professional mixed martial arts lost another one of its own this past Friday when 32-year-old Ross “The Grizzly” Clifton passed away from an apparent heart attack. His wife had gone to bed and left him watching TV in the recliner Thursday evening at their home in Rancho Cordova, Calif., and when she woke up on the morning of Sept. 4, 2009, Clifton was deceased.

Clifton’s former trainer, UFC veteran Cal Worsham told MMAWeekly, “He was a jovial teddy bear inside of a grizzly’s body. He was just so funny and such a character in the way you’d never expect from a giant of a man like that. He’s absolutely going to be missed.”

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Kimo Leopoldo: Jesus Christ of MMA Industry

IRVINE, California (July 23. 2009) – “Jesus Christ took three days to come back from the dead,” a joking Kimo Leopoldo said, “but it only took me a few hours to be resurrected. I am the second resurrection. The funny part, given the time constraints, was I was almost late to my own funeral.”

As one of its pioneers, KIMO has contributed greatly to the MMA community. He jump-started his MMA career in his first pro fight by issuing a beating to immortal Royce Gracie, who won the match but was unable to continue fighting for the championship. KIMO parlayed that debut into a series of fan-friendly fights, including triumphs against notables such as Kazishi Sakuraba, David “Tank” Abbott, and “Bam Bam” Bigalow. KIMO fought Dan Severn to a draw and he also battled top combat fighters such as Bob Sapp and Ken Shamrock.

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Kimo victim of legendary troll job

One of the biggest troll jobs in recent memory was pulled off today when UFC veteran Kimo Leopoldo was pronounced dead from complications associated with a heart attack.

As most troll jobs do, the rumor began on a well-known Internet mixed martial arts forum. With the power of the Internet launching this deliberate misinformation, it was not long before such popular news sources as The New York Daily News and TMZ.com were reporting the story as fact.

“I knew I wasn’t dead. So when I was reading this I wondered if I was jinxed or something was going to happen,” Leopoldo told Yahoo! Sports in a phone interview on Tuesday evening.

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Justin Levens and wife had been dead four days

According to an autopsy report, WEC, UFC, and IFL veteran, Justin Levens and his wife Sarah who were found shot to death in their home on Wednesday, had been dead four days.

The autopsies conducted on Thursday revealed each died from a single gunshot wound. Justin’s wife, Sarah received one shot to the chest which pierced her heart and Justin received one shot to the head.

Investigators did not find a suicide note, however, they do believe the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide based on the position of the bodies and the gun that was retrieved from the scene.

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UFC veteran and wife found shot to death

WEC, UFC and IFL veteran, Justin Levens, 28, and his wife Sarah, 25 were found dead on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in their condominium home in Laguna Niguel, California, apparently the victims of gunshot which is believed to be a murder-suicide.

It was reported Sarah Levin’s mother found the bodies and notified authorities around 2:30 pm PST on Wednesday. The investigation into the deaths is ongoing.

Levens who went by the nickname “The Executioner,” fought Evan Tanner at UFC 59 and Jorge Santiago at Ultimate Fight Night 5. His last fight was at Palace Fighting Championship in October of last year where he was submitted by Kenny Ento. Levens had a record of 9-8. He fought five times in 2007 but lost each match.

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Evan Tanner – Rest in Peace

Evan Tanner , former UFC middleweight champion, is no longer with us.  He was found deceased Monday, September 8th near Palo Verde, California.

Tanner wrote often in his blogs on Myspace.com and Spike.com about taking trips into the wild to get his head straight and as he would put it, “cleanse himself”.  He had expressed interest in taking another trip recently. Here is a portion of Tanner’s blog on Spike.com from August 16th, 2008.

“I’ve been gathering my gear for this adventure for over a month, not a long time by most standards, but far too long for my impatient nature. Being a minimalist by nature, wanting to carry only the essentials, and being extremely particular, it has been a little difficult to find just the right equipment. I plan on going so deep into the desert, that any failure of my equipment, could cost me my life. I’ve been doing a great deal of research and study. I want to know all I can about where I’m going, and I want to make sure I have the best equipment.

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