Ken is an actor and professional wrestler; additionally, he is a former 3-time UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), Superfight, and Pancrase Champion.
In February of 1991, defeated Chris Chavis in an tournament final to become South Atlantic Pro Wrestling Champion.
On December 14, 1998 during an episode of "Raw is War" won the Tag-Team Championship along with Ray Traylor.
Defeated Steve Blackman, Val Venis, and Sean Waltman in an one-night eight man tournament to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Credits his experience from Pancrase as the reason for his initial success in the UFC.
His wrestling foundations started at Lassen High School, where he started to learn the sport under the advice of Bob Shamrock.
Was named Black Belt Magazine's Fighter of the Year (2000).
Played semi-pro football with the Sacramento Bulldogs.
Played college football at Shasta Junior College.
Competed in the Olympic Wrestling Trials in 1988.
Had joined the military but got kicked out a week before graduation because he never told anyone about his neck injury.
Once was invited for a tryout with NFL football team San Diego Chargers.
Once worked as an bouncer in Reno, Nevada.
Took a three year leave from MMA (1997-2000), for a chance to work with the then World Wrestling Federation.
His fastest win was in 44 seconds, submitting Takaku Fuke at "Pancrase-Yes, We are Hybrid Wrestlers 3".
He has fought to two draws in his fighting career, one against Royce Gracie and the other against Oleg Taktarov, both in 1995.
Was voted Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Feud of the Year (2002) versus rival Tito Ortiz.
He has made appearances in the films Scarecrow Gone Wild, Champions, and Virtuosity.
His most admired quality in a person is for them to be real and themselves.
Says his favorite vacation is to go home and watch television.
One of his favorite fights is the match between Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz at UFC 44-Undisputed.
Some of his favorite fighters to watch include Phil Baroni, BJ Penn, Caol Uno, Randy Couture, and Vitor Belfort.
He says the worst injury he has suffered in his career is the Torn ACL he received training before his fight with Tito Ortiz.
His most painful sports memory is his loss to Tito Ortiz at UFC 40-Vendetta.
His greatest sports memory is beating Dan Severn, winning the Superfight Championship.
His childhood dream was to be a pro-football player for the Pittsburg Steelers at linebacker.
When asked, he says he did not have any childhood heroes growing up.
He has trained marines in Hand-to-hand combat.
Legally changed his last name from Kilpatrick to Shamrock, as a tribute to Bob Shamrock.
He once dated Alicia Webb, whom formerly played the part of his sister "Ryan Shamrock" in a WWE storyline.
He was adopted by Bob Shamrock in 1982 when he turned the age of eighteen.
Became the first NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Champion after winning the "Gauntlet for the Gold" battle royal on June 19, 2002.
Was voted PWI's Most Improved Wrestler Award in 1997.
Was inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 45 along with fellow fighting legend Royce Gracie.
He is the first ever UFC Superfight Champion.
The first car he owned was a 1972 black 442 Oldsmobile.
His first job was as a dishwasher at a tiny Chinese restaurant in Susanville, CA.
His favorite movies include Scarface, Hamburger Hill, Platoon, Braveheart, and Once Were Warriors.
His favorite artists include Aerosmith, Toby Keith, Nelly, George Straight and Eminem.
One of his favorite hobbies is to play golf.
Before entering the WWF he was an Ultimate Fighter, first appearance with the WWF was on February 24, 1997 sitting at ringside during an episode of Monday Night Raw.
Ken: I don't care if I was in a wheelchair, if somebody asked me to fight, wanted me to fight somebody, I'd fight him; that's just my heart, that's just who I am.
Ken: (concerning mixed martial arts) It's all about having confidence in yourself, I don't fear that man standing across from me.
Ken: I demand respect, and if I don't get it, I'll take it!
Ken: I am happy to be associated with the IFL and I hold no animosity towards the UFC or anybody else for that matter, I look forward to coaching my team and really look forward to facing off with Frank's team, to me it's just fighting, during the match of course I want us to beat them and show everybody that I did not teach Frank everything.