Meet Shane Kruchten
Team Rhino has a ton of talented and dedicated fighters who have one thing in common, they are all Veterans. But there is one member of Team Rhino that sticks out a little more than the others and embodies the Ranger Up mold just a little too well. A fighter with the nickname of “The Zombie” because he just keeps coming, a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, class clown and all around good guy, Shane Kruchten. I caught up with Shane on the phone while he was in Puerto Rico skydiving and was able to ground him long enough between jumps to ask him a few questions and not surprisingly, I was caught a little off guard with his answers.
To start with, we talked about the skydiving he was doing on the Island of Enchantment. Shane explains that he has been jumping for the last couple of days but that the highlight of the trip so far was jumping at 22,000 feet holding onto an inflatable animal, a giant lizard to be exact. He goes on to say that even though Puerto Rico is a beautiful island, they really aren’t used to seeing some crazy-ass Americano running down the street wearing a gas mask and sauna suit. It definitely turned some heads. In Spanish I think the proper word is el retardo!
Growing up, Shane came from very humble beginnings. I asked him what his favorite child superhero was and he was completely stumped. I pressed a little harder to see what kind of Underoos he wore as a child and was met with “What the fuck are Underoos?” I tried my best to best explain that Underoos were underwear for children emblazoned with superhero characters. His response: “man I had welfare-oos the kind with yellow stains in the front and skid-marks in the back” while laughing hysterically. I guess you really don’t need a superhero after all.
A wild-man, there is little that Kruchtens will not try or do. While he claims to be an excellent chef in the kitchen, he also bragged that he has also tried some outlandish foods. While Shane rattled off a long list of exotic foods; one in particular caught my attention…bull penis! Fighting my urge to spontaneously burst out laughing, I quickly changed the subject. The story of a man and his bull penis is best left untold.
Shane has been with Ranger Up for his last five fights and as a tribute to RU has the War Rhino tattooed on his right arm. Working on completing his tattoo sleeve, Shane wanted to show the same loyalty to RU that they have shown him. He is so proud of it in fact, that after his last win, a submission by rear naked choke, he posted on twitter: “Last thing [my opponent] saw before his nap was the RU Rhino under his chin #priceless.”
Fuck with the Rhino, get the horn!
Shane’s next fight is February 26th at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California. If you are in the area, stop by and check him out. You will not be disappointed.