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"Frank's recounting of his journey gives us the hidden details of a truly unique life-warrior. Frank is raw, candid, and uncensored as he exposes himself and leaves no stone unturned. Uncaged will shake you to your core."  —Carlon M. Colker, MD, CEO, Peak Wellness, Inc.

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Frank Shamrock was the undefeated mixed martial arts (MMA) champion for 10 years and is the only person to win a title in all three major North American fight promotions (UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce). He has worked as an NBC sports announcer, is an owner of fight venues, and created his own line of MMA training gyms. He is the author of Mixed Martial Arts for Dummies. He lives in Los Angeles. Charles Fleming is a writer, an adjunct faculty member of the University of Southern California, and a reporter whose writing has been published in such publications as Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair. He is the coauthor of several books, including The Goomba Book of Love, The Goomba Diet, A Goomba’s Guide to Life, My Lobotomy, and Three Weeks in October. He lives in Los Angeles. Mickey Rourke is an actor, a screenwriter, and a retired boxer. He has acted in such films as Angel Heart, Iron Man 2, and Sin City, and he won a Golden Globe Award in 2009 for his lead role in The Wrestler. He lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161374465X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613744659
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E! on October 2, 2012
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Frank Shamrock is probably the most interesting person in MMA. There are so many defining layers to him. He may not be the most outspoken fighter in the sport, but when he has something to say, he means it with all his heart. What other former UFC champion has the guts to take a stance on what he believes is the right direction in which MMA should be portrayed and never waiver, even if it means being banished from the UFC. If you are at all interested in martial arts or an inspirational story this book is a must. 5 STARS!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 7, 2012
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Frank Shamrock really takes you behind the scenes of all his difficulties growing up, his problems with his brother Ken, and with the UFC. I didn't kmow as much about Frank as I do about other mma fighters because the UFC kind of pretends he don't exist. He's never been on a countdown show or Primetime special; but through this book we get to learn about him. Frank is one of the top UFC and mma fighters of all time and I'd highly recomend buying this book to learn about him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RnR writer on October 3, 2012
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I believe you only live once, yet I still have a gut feeling that our souls may be re-incarnated from another era. If that is the case, Frank Shamrock was definitely a warrior in another life. Although he struggled as a young child and teenager, I believe his circumstances are what drove him to be a better person, an advocate for bullying and maintain a dedicated level of business etiquette that defines him and his brand. MMA allowed him to create the man he is today, the wonderful father, husband and brother he strives for in the future. Love you, Brother.
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A lot of newer MMA fans might be more familiar with Frank Shamrock as the color commentator for the now defunct Strikeforce or as the guy as who is regularly involved in a war of words with the UFC's Dana White the very organisation where he became a star back in the late nineties when he was the UFC light heavyweight champion(back then it was known as the Middleweight title) with four straight title defenses before walking away from the sport after his title defence over future champion Tito Ortiz.

Shamrock's story is one of hardship growing up in a dysfunctional family with an abusive foster father that would see Shamrock leave home and end up being in and out of Juvenile care and be taken in by different families on numerous occasions. While it was never a secret that Frank Shamrock did jail time it does come as a shock as he covers how long he was actually locked up for. His autobiography also documents how he ends up in the care of Bob Shamrock and how he begins training with his adoptive brother Ken Shamrock and The Lion's Den and covers the infamous tough process every fighter has to go through to get into the camp. His falling out with both Bob and Ken are covered as are his early carear fights and even the feeling that some of his fights in the Japanese organisation Pancrase were fixed in his favor.

Shamrock also covers his personal life and his different relationships he has been through and exactly why he walked away from the sport in his prime, as well as some of his ventures outside MMA and some of his ideas he had for his own promotion. His epic battles with Phil Baroni, Cung Le and Nick Diaz are all well detailed as well as his life spiraling out of control when Zuffa (UFC's parent company) bought Strikeforce and how the aftermath almost cost him his family.
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Won't be the last time I read this book...

I'd always seen Frank Shamrock as a cocky, confident and physically-gifted MMA fighter.. on top of the world

Had no notion his early life was so messed up

"Uncaged" should be a by-word for perseverance and the strength of human spirit

One snappy Marine Corps salute!
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In this autobiography Frank Shamrock tells in all honesty about his disturbing life as he grew up. He admits the mistakes he has made in life and makes the reader aware of the ordeals he had to endure as a child. He truely became a legend against the odds, and the reader gets to understand how insignificant his career losses is compared to how he was thrown into the deep end as a fighter, winning and losing fights on his way to becoming a great fighter. One is not guaranteed to admire Frank as a person by reading his autobiography, but you will admire his feat of not losing a fight in a decade. This autobiography is can be used as a motivational book on how to succeed against the odds.
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By Nathan A. Knight on July 12, 2013
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Great book..not the best writing but what does one expect from a fighter. I liked Frank Shamrock before but this solidified it. If there becomes a mma hall of fame,he is at the top of choices.
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By Frankie Uhl on January 16, 2013
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this book ranks up there with Chuck's, Jens', Big John's and Pat Miletich's (Blood in the Cage) books. An honest rendering of the best and worst times in his life.
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