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Morning Report: Ken Shamrock lashes out at Joe Rogan over 'fake' fight comments, 'Don't hide behind your mic'

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Nearly six months removed from his bout with Kimbo Slice June 19 at Bellator 138, Ken Shamrock is still hearing it from the critics.

After surviving a rear-naked choke attempt from the UFC Hall of Famer in round one, Slice scored a TKO win following a scramble back to the feet. While the actual stoppage really isn't a point of contention, the manner in which Slice survived the choke raised the eyebrows of many, most significantly UFC commentator Joe Rogan.

Reacting to the bout on his podcast the following morning, Rogan commented that he believed the fight looked "fake" and "suspect" while explaining his reasoning by citing technique.

Shamrock was taken aback by Rogan's comments in June, saying they could have cause irreparable damage to his legacy and "ruin his life."

Speaking candidly with Bobby Razak, Shamrock doesn't sound any less hurt by Rogan comments and the attention he's received via his fans.

"When someone like that, who has a trusted following, they're trusting him to know what he's saying," Shamrock said of Rogan. "Trusting him to be honest and to have true information to back it up whatever he's saying so he doesn't hurt anybody. These people fall in behind him and say, 'We're with you, Joe Rogan because we believe that you're not going to say anything that's not true.'

Shamrock admits he understands why some may believe it impossible he could ever have lost a fight to Slice, but says Rogan needs to be help accountable for his insinuations.

"Even to this day I don't understand why he said what he said," said Shamrock. "I don't. Unless it was just something that came out of his mouth. I can understand why people would say that [the fight was fixed.] I do. Because of the type of fighter that I am and the strengths that I have and the strengths that Kimbo doesn't have, I understand that. But being somebody in Joe Rogan's position, they don't have hiccups like that. They don't say things that they're thinking out loud and say them on the radio.

"You've got to be held accountable for that. Just like a fighter if he throws a punch after the bell. You've got to be held accountable for it. He should not have said that. He should have at least talked to me first and gotten my opinion and what happened. Then he can understand why it happened. For him to say that and to try to hurt me, I hope it wasn't that, but if it is, it's sickening. No one should have the right to have a radio station that just wants to reach out and hurt people when they feel like it. It's not fair."

Speaking directly to Rogan, Shamrock says the commentator should have reached out to him before commenting on the bout.

"Joe Rogan, I don't know why you said what you said. You haven't even given an explantation for it, but it's wrong. You're on there and you have people who are supposed to trust in what you're saying. When you say something that you don't have any proof of, none whatsoever, of what you're saying, and then it's going to hurt somebody's credibility, you should be held accountable for that.

"Don't be hiding behind your mic and saying things that are not true. I would never lose to him. I don't want to lose to him, but just like anybody else, when you do, you have to swallow the pill and move on. You shouldn't have said that. You were wrong."

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