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Shamrock vs. Diaz signed for April 11 on Showtime

Posted on: February 10, 2009 3:18 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2009 3:44 pm


Frank Shamrock Frank Shamrock will headline the Strikeforce debut event on Showtime on April 11, fighting fellow Californian Nick Diaz in San Jose, Calif.

The main event bout was announced during a joint conference call by Strikeforce and Showtime on Tuesday.

The bout will be Shamrock's first since a March 29, 2008, TKO loss to Cung Le which cost him the Strikeforce middleweight championship. Diaz last competed on CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights on July 26, TKOing Thomas "Wildman" Denny in Round 2 in front of his hometown fans in Stockton, Calif.

Shamrock has recently competed as a 185-pound middleweight, while Diaz has fought at the EliteXC lightweight limit of 160. Shamrock vs. Diaz will be contested at an agreed-upon catch weight of 179 pounds.

"He's a guy who throws, and talks trash, and on April 11, I'm gonna knock him out," Shamrock said.

When asked about the often-discussed possibility of fighting his brother Ken in the future, Shamrock did not rule it out, but said that Ken is working through some personal problems right now.

"I think it's important that I kick his ass, but right now, that's on the backburner," Shamrock said.

Strikeforce acquired select assets and fighter contracts from Pro Elite last week, shortly before announcing the new television deal with Strikeforce. The deal also includes the option for CBS to run Strikeforce programming on the network.

After the final EliteXC event on CBS on Oct. 4, the hottest fight on the horizon involved female fighters Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. During the call, it was noted that Santos is available for April 11, and that they will be extending an offer to Carano to fight her on the Showtime telecast. If Carano is not available for that date, Santos may be offered a different opponent for the show.

One of the fighters believed to be on the list of acquisitions by Strikeforce is Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, who turned heads in 2008 by headlining numerous EliteXC shows despite being a rookie in MMA. Showtime senior vice president and general manager of sports and event programming Ken Hershman said the process of contacting each fighter and finalizing each deal is taking some time, but Kimbo Slice is on their wish list.

"Kimbo is one that we think we have a future with," Hershman said.

Gilbert Melendez was mentioned as an expected fighter on the April 11 show, with Jorge Gurgel and Mitsuhiro Ishida discussed as potential opponents. Benji Radach vs. Scott Smith was also confirmed for the show. Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker said middleweight champion Cung Le is available on April 11, but unable to fight due to an elbow injury.

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Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2009 9:26 am

Shamrock vs. Diaz signed for April 11 on Showtime

Frank Shamrock is going to punish Diaz.  Shamrock is used to fighting much stronger fighters and while Diaz has a ground game, he likes to strike as well.  Either way, Nick is not strong enough to beat Frank Shamrock. 

Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2009 4:50 pm

Shamrock vs. Diaz signed for April 11 on Showtime

LOL, Diaz isn't in the UFC because White hates him!  How uninformed are you?  Have you ever watched MMA?  Diaz's claim to fame is trash talk.  He got fights because nobody liked him and they wanted to stomp him - he was disrespectful to the other fighters and he wasn't as good as his mouth.  He lost 3 of his last 4 UFC fights and they were tired of his antics.  That's why he not in the UFC anymore.

Since: Dec 25, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2009 12:52 pm

Shamrock vs. Diaz signed for April 11 on Showtime

Yeah, this is just EliteXC all over again. Spare me......

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2009 12:16 am

Shamrock vs. Diaz signed for April 11 on Showtime

Nick Diaz, Frank Shamrock, Cung Le, KJ Noons, Jake Shields, Brett Rogers, Robbie Lawler, Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante even Joey Villasenor just to name a few Are you serious?  There is 1 maybe 2 fighters in that entire group that could even hope to compete with an average fighter in either Affliction or the UFC.


I do agree that there are lots of good fighters otuside the UFC and Affliction but most of them fight in Japan.  Watch this years Dream tourney to see the real talent outside the big leagues.

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2009 4:12 pm

Shamrock vs. Diaz signed for April 11 on Showtime

I like they will put some good fights together but they won't beable to spend money like these other companies that went under.

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2009 4:10 pm

Shamrock vs. Diaz signed for April 11 on Showtime

I would hope with the fighters Strikeforce will have and already have they wouldn't get to aggressive with Kimbo.  But with MMA who knows now a days.

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2009 2:14 pm

Shamrock vs. Diaz signed for April 11 on Showtime

Diaz is going to smoke Shamrock, this fight will not be entertaining at all.  I mean Shamrock lost to Cung Le, who is a great fighter, but Shamrock should've taken him to the ground and ended that fight in the first round.  I guess he just didn't have the skill to do it, and I don't believe he stood up for the fans.  That guy is a grade A d!ck, and doesn't give a damn about the fans. 

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2009 9:54 am

Shamrock vs. Diaz signed for April 11 on Showtime

dude Nick Diaz is for real...the only reason that he is not in the UFC is because Dana hates him!!!  Go watch the diaz vs. gomi pride fight...i was there live and it was one of the best fights i have ever seen!!!

Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 5:38 pm

Shamrock vs. Diaz signed for April 11 on Showtime

kimbo slice has no future, i wonder if they will try to set him up with standup fights only, he will always get murdered by any good grappler

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