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    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    No Holds Barred: Frank Shamrock, Movie Star 

    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with MMA legend Frank Shamrock.

    Now retired as a fighter, he is focusing on many entertainment projects, including acting. He is currently starring in a new horror short film called "Everlast". Mainly shot at YouTube Space LA, it is showing on BlackboxTV, one of YouTube's most popular horror channels, and for free, at https://youtu.be/6hAUjD3MZj0.

    We spoke with Frank Shamrock by phone Friday about this film and what else he is doing.

    In this film, Frank plays MMA fighter Nikolai Faust.

    "I'm actually dead. I've crossed over to another world," he said of his character. "I've actually done a deal with the Devil about a decade ago to become the greatest fighter in the world. And that sort of traps me in this little parallel universe where I have to sort of live in that inter-hell and have to fight every comer that comes along, until someone takes my place, I guess. And that's what happens in the movie."

    The film climaxes when Faust must take on the undefeated Angel Shepard, played by Kevin McNamara.

    We discussed this film, and to what degree its underworldly theme is an allegory about the real world of MMA. We also discussed how today's movie fighting is utilizing realistic MMA techniques, how the future of martial arts and combat sports may change with a new generation becoming much more aware of the dangers of head trauma than earlier generations, what role scripted film fighting can play in satisfying the desire of many to watch fights, how this more educated next generation of fighters will change martial arts for the better, how he would "love to see" catch wrestling grow, and much more.

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