After dramatically walking out on the UFC following his latest 205-pound title defense in a classic with Tito Ortiz in 1999, Frank Shamrock briefly staved off retirement by fighting once in the K-1 World Grand-Prix the following year.
That would be Shamrock’s last fight for two-and-a-half years, but he was lured back by the chance to fight for the WEC light-heavyweight title against Bryan Pardoe in 2003.
Despite coming off shoulder surgery and facing a significantly bigger opponent, Shamrock still looked to be in great shape for the fight and was able to set up an armbar finish from his back less than two minutes into the fight.
Shamrock then disappeared from the cage for a full three years before making his latest comeback against Cesar Gracie at Strikeforce’s first-ever MMA event in 2006.
Gracie was making his MMA debut that night and unfortunately for him, Shamrock again showed no signs of having lost a step during his absence from competing as he promptly KO’d him in just 21 seconds.