White has had a bit of a falling out with many of the legends in the sport, namely Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture and Quinton Jackson. His beef with Shamrock ranks up there with the worst of the worst.
"I don't even want to mention this guy's f****** name," White said during a recent media scrum held to promote UFC 168. "Ken Shamrock bursts back onto the scene like, 'Hey, I'm trying to save everybody.' No, trying to become relevant again is what you're trying to do. Let's not forget that Ken Shamrock tried to sue us about his contract.
"Ken Shamrock owes me $175,000, and I'm coming for it Ken. I'm coming for it you f****** piece of sh**. You should have stayed where you were, hidden under the f****** porch somewhere. The guy owes me $175,000 because him and his scumbag lawyer put together some phony lawsuit that he lost, and he owes me $175,000 in attorney fees. He's out there talking about what he doesn't have and what guys aren't getting, but he's trying to make himself relevant again. If anybody can't see that, you're just f****** stupid."
Shamrock attempted to sue Zuffa in 2009 for allegedly releasing him from his contract early. He lost the case and White seems to think Shamrock owes him money for attorney fees.
In this matter, it's pretty clear that White and the UFC are in the right and that Shamrock is out of line. You don't see former athletes in other sports asking for back pay equal to what people are paid in today's game.
Shamrock fought at a time when the UFC was losing money, so he was paid a salary fitting of that era. UFC fighters are paid much more money now, but it is what it is.