Shelton Benjamin Shares Story Of Almost Becoming Ken Shamrock’s Sparring Partner Ahead Of UFC 5 Fight

Shelton Benjamin shares a wild story about nearly getting involved in the world of MMA.


The former WWE superstar spoke about this during a recent virtual signing with K & S WrestleFest, where he revealed that UFC approached him years ago to be the sparring partner of Ken Shamrock. This was right around The World’s Most Dangerous Man’s UFC 5 fight against Royce Gracie. Ultimately, Benjamin says he turned the offer down because he knew MMA was not for him.

No (I didn’t think about going to UFC) — well, years ago when I was in college and I don’t even think (Ken) Shamrock knows this but they were trying to get me to go in and be his sparring partner. I was a freshman and this was before the UFC is what it is now. They wanted me to be his sparring partner and I actually spoke with his wife on the phone and they wanted me to come down and train with him because he needed someone who knew wrestling because he was preparing for a match with (Royce) Gracie, and yeah, I took one look at it and I was, ‘Hmm, I don’t think this is for me.’ So, no. I wanted to be a pro wrestler. It was pro football or pro wrestling, or amateur wrestling but, I’m not a UFC fighter. It takes a certain mentality to do that and I don’t think I had it. Not to say I couldn’t have gotten it but… It takes a certain type of person to be happy to take a punch, and I can hold my own for a living but nah, it just didn’t interest me.

In a separate interview, Benjamin spoke about the work of former two-time WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and why he thinks the Almighty One is too generous with his competitors in the ring. You can read about that here.

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(H/T and transcribed by Post Wrestling)

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