Ken Shamrock is The godfather of MMA.
During the NHB days it was about which TMA $tyle was best. Ken, in a seemingly dominant postion was subbed by Royce via gi choke at UFC 1.
In their rematch, Royce with an impressive win steak of 11-0 all by submission (10 of which despite Severn, being around 5 minutes or less), Ken effectively neutralizes the perceived unstoppable GJJ in a 35 minute test of skill.
While not as glamorous a display as we were accustomed to at the time, Ken through hard work and preparation showed an understanding that there was an answer to everything, and that it wasn't always pure brute strength, but pure strength of technique, while doing more damage in Royce's guard (where Royce was most dangerous).
Make no mistake about it.. This was a Gracie Challenge. Ken, despite not finishing Royce was the overall Victor.
Ken is in fact the godfather of MMA.