Ken Shamrock is talking to the press leading up to his freakshow fight extrordinaire against boxing fatass James Toney, and he revealed that he doesn’t plan to stop fighting until his arms or legs fall off. Seriously.
You’re talking about competitors, guys that challenge themselves every single day in the gym, they get up every morning, they live and breathe this stuff and you’ve got writers sitting on the sidelines criticizing warriors. How does that pan out? I’d like to grab a pen and poke them in the eye. I mean, I don’t get it, how can you criticize people like that who are CHAMPIONS, have proved themselves over and over again and you sit them with a pen and criticize them. And hurt them!
If someone came up to you and you got to be about 60 years old, if you someone came up to you and said, ‘you know what? you’re 60 years old and you’re too old for us to give you medication, we need to give it to people that are younger because they’re healthier and they got more to live for.’ How does that feel? You’re not important, nobody cares about you any more. That’s wrong!
First of all, we’ve done it for years entertaining people and we did what we were supposed to do for those years. Now, we have an opportunity to enjoy ourselves, compete in it the way we want to compete in it and have no absolutely boundaries on us and absolutely nothing on us that says we have to win! … We do this for the entertainment now. I enjoy the competition. That’s what they have a hard time understanding when you’re sitting on the outside of the ring pushing a pen.
You don’t know what it’s like to have to stop something you love doing. It’s like stopping breathing, it’s like telling me to stop breathing. It’s not going to happen, not as long as I’ve got two legs and two arms that I can still swing. I’m going to continue to keep doing as long as I can and as long as the fans want me to. And you pen pushers, put your pens back in your pocket and wait for something more exciting to write about.
Oh Ken, you’re so old. We don’t use pens any more, we’re on these funky devices called personal computers, desktop publishing on the interwebs with computer technology! Fortunate for me, because I’d rather get a keyboard to the face than a pen poke to the eye.