We got to know more about undefeated featherweight prospect Shaqueme Rock, who grew up in Liverpool and currently fights in Asia.
- Nickname: Shem
- Age: 25
- Height: 6’0″
- Reach: 70.8″
- Weight Class: Featherweight
- Record: 4-0
- Notable Wins: Rocky Lee
- Method: Four Submissions
- Training Out of Monarchy MMA
- Currently Living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Management: MTK Global
List of Accomplishments:
Malaysian Invasion Champion as an Amateur (MIMMA)
Purple Belt in BJJ
Won too many jiu-jitsu tournaments to list (Only lost four matches ever and drew once)
- What do you like to do outside of fighting?
Honestly, outside of fighting, I don’t do anything. I train three times a day, six days a week. If I’m not training, then I’m either refueling (food), sleeping (to go train again), resting or doing some recovery work. Everything I do is based around training and fighting but maybe I’ll watch some fights or BJJ matches at most.
- Favorite striking or grappling technique?
Definitely has to be back control, it’s the ultimate position.
- Any MMA fighters who inspired you?
Darren Till brought the UFC to my city and fought as the main event and that’s quite a big deal. Also, Royce Gracie and Rickson Gracie.
- Favorite current fighter?
- Favorite song?
Rock Stone by Steven Marley.
- Favorite TV show?
I don’t watch TV unless it’s MMA or jiu-jitsu so I’d pick UFC Fight Pass.
- Cats or dogs?
Definitely dogs. I don’t like cats.
Growing up in Liverpool, England, Rock was going down the wrong road. He had multiple run-ins with the police. During the holidays, Rock’s brother invited him to come down to Malaysia where he was living to see if he liked the area. Fast forward four years later and Shem is still living in Malaysia and turned his life around.
Rock was always a fan of combat sports including MMA. He was really fascinated once the fight hit the mat seeing guys get put to sleep and fell in love with jiu-jitsu ever since. He found Monarchy MMA walking down the streets of Malaysia where the “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” sign caught his eye and he has been there since. Rock made his amateur debut for Malaysian Invasion in 2016. In the span of seven months, he won all four bouts in a tournament and was crowned the champion in October. After winning the Malaysian Invasion, it was hard for him to get more fights as an amateur so he made the move to pro in July of 2017. Other than a fight in Taiwan he’s mainly fought in Malaysia as his visa has been giving him a lot of problems. Shem is 8-0 combined as a pro and amateur with a win over TUF China competitor and one-time UFC fighter Rocky Lee.