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Quote of the Day: Frank Shamrock Says Nick Diaz is Going to ‘Whoop On’ GSP


(When is Nick going to start playing the game and hit a tanning booth and wear a little lip gloss for photo shoots?)

Frank Shamrock spoke to FightHubTV recently and former UFC light heavyweight and Strikeforce middleweight champion gave his thoughts on the upcoming UFC welterweight title bout between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz.

Shamrock, who admits he underestimated the Stockton native when they squared off back in 2009 in his final bout, says that he feels that St-Pierre is in for a rude awakening come February 4.

Nick is going to whoop on him. That is a fighter Georges has not faced and I think will really test him, if not beat Georges. The advantage he has over Nick is wrestling and if he decides to lay on him for five rounds, what has he proven? Diaz has better boxing, better cardio and better jiu jitsu,” Shamrock explains. “If the fight goes to the ground, GSP can’t take his time how he likes to, looking for a submission; Nick will be moving and looking for any submission he can get. It will be a great fight. I know that for sure.”

As far as his bout with Diaz, Shamrock says that he was surprised with how good the scrappy Team Cesar Gracie fighter was.

“[I wanted to] kick the crap out of this kid and teach him a lesson but that didn’t happen. I went in feeling ready and able to shut him up, there were nagging injuries but they didn’t play too big of a factor,” he explained. “At the end, Nick was awesome – he is a different level of fighter and I knew that after he landed the first punch.”

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guelph gym- December 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm
to bad this fight aint happening any time son gsp blow his knee 2 days ago in practice. the only diaz has on gsp is cardio. as for boxing the way diaz stands is perfect for gsp to land his jab and left hook but we will see in 14 months when gsp comes back
UEG Donkey- December 7, 2011 at 11:52 am
Is it really possible that GSP will stand and bang with Diaz? I thought the entire reason behind GSP's dominance is twofold; 1) that he's a much better wrestler than opponents that like to stand and bang and GSP will get takedown after takedown in those fights and 2) he's a much better striker than opponents that like to grapple and take things to the ground. What I'm trying to say is that GSP's strengths are taking his opponents away from what they want to do in a fight.
TeilaTuliTooth- December 7, 2011 at 11:45 am
Also, Condit has the range and talent to test them there boxin' skills. Nice ! Color me prejudiced but I see him taking this one. Dude is long, quick, hits hard and throws some nasty kicks.
TeilaTuliTooth- December 7, 2011 at 11:32 am
dang!! if Diaz beats Condit its gonna be ANOTHER FUCKIN' YEAR of debating whether that trash-talking, shit-for-brains fool has what it takes to mess up GSP... (sigh)
RAY316- December 7, 2011 at 11:30 am
And I also just read the news about GSP's injury. Bad break but that Diaz-Condit fight should sort out who's really the top contender and I expect a fuckin war!

And oh yeah...fuck you Shamrock. Nobody gives a shit about your opinion. You haven't been relevant since parachute pants and flat-tops went out of style.
RAY316- December 7, 2011 at 11:25 am
@Get Off me

I agree, Diaz has a very exciting and fan-friendly style but that also often leads people to over-estimate him a lil' bit IMO and overlook the fact that GSP is a stylistic nightmare for Diaz.

I know all about his surgery to remove scar tissue that plagued him during the first Noons fight but until I see someone grind him out or pound him with elbows from the guard (another thing GSP likes to do), I still have my doubts that he might bleed all over the cage in any given fight...

Also, part of the reason why some gave Diaz a puncher's chance is due tot he myth that GSP has a glass jaw. WTF?!? The guy's been TKO'd exactly once in his entire career, it's not as it's a common occurence for him to faceplant like Arlovski or Chocolate Al. He's also tapped once, where's the talk about his sub defense?
IronClad- December 7, 2011 at 11:03 am
*Now
IronClad- December 7, 2011 at 11:03 am
All you dick heads can shut up now. GSP torn ACL, its not Condit vs Diaz.
Get Off Me- December 7, 2011 at 10:59 am
@Ray316
Diaz had surgery to remedy the cut issue a few years back now.
Since his surgery he has not experienced issues with cutting.
Diaz's boxing is entertaining more than anything, large in part due to his ability to absord punishment in the pocket.
I do think the day will come when he get's Ko'd, but until then he will be heralded for his willingness to stand and trade with anybody in front of him.
Diaz has to be the most entertaining fighter in MMA today, you have to go way back to find a fight involving Diaz that was not exciting.
Diaz out boxes his opponents as of late and thus people underline his boxing skills, but I think it has more to do with his superior conditioning that allows him to throw with such volume and consistency(power wise). They are not haymakers, but he punches as hard in the first round as he does in the later rounds(if the fight goes that far) all the while taking weaker and weaker shots from his opponent as the fight goes on.
The style is effective until he faces someone who can A)wrestle(early UFC career opponents) or B)has the conditioning/reach/power(something we have not yet seen) to stand and trade. It looks like Condit will fight Diaz now, this may be the B) fighter I was describing. You may get to see Diaz get Ko'd, but you will see one hell of a fight regardless.
NastyNate0217- December 7, 2011 at 10:52 am
I think Shamrock is trippin'
Diaz has a shot against Condit though, I think Condit vs. Diaz is going to be a great fight! I'm more pumped for this fight than GSP vs. Diaz, probably because I'm a Diaz fan and I didn't think he had too good of a chance against GSP.
RAY316- December 7, 2011 at 10:34 am
I'm gettin sick and tired of hearing all that bullshit hype about Diaz' striking game. If his boxing is so good, how the fuck does he get tagged HARD in almost every single fight ?

Daley, Noons, Zaromskis and even Mike fuckin' Aina all dropped and rocked him at some point in their fights! He doesn't possess blinding speed or one-punch knockout power, rarely uses knees or kicks, his TDD is average and he gets cut pretty easily.

He wins fights against one-dimensionnal dumbasses without much of a gameplan that trade with him (Daley, Cyborg, Zaromskis), guys who just gas (Penn).

GSP follows a gameplan to a t, has great wrestling,likes to use elbows and doesn't gas...worst possible matchup for Diaz.
Bandito- December 7, 2011 at 10:21 am
Dana White today tweeted the news.

"GSP blown acl will be out for 10 mos.," White tweeted. "Now Condit vs Diaz for the interim welterweight title on Feb 4th in Las Vegas!!"
blaphtome- December 7, 2011 at 9:43 am
Barring an early fight with Jeremy Jackson, Diaz has only ever lost by cut or being wrestle-fucked to decision. I doubt we will see anything different here; GSP will win in one of those two ways, or he'll likely lose. Don't get me wrong, he'll get in a few shots closing the distance, but that will likely be the extent of his striking with Diaz.

An interesting aspect to consider is that most if not all of Diaz's losses to wrestlers took place in 3 rounders. Anyone who has done it knows that repeatedly taking down and controlling a resisting opponent is insane exhausting. While I'm tempted to give the edge to GSP, because he's such a ridiculously talented athlete and wrestler; the reality is that controlling Diaz (who you have to admit has grown a lot in recent years) for 5 rounds is tall fucking mountain to climb.
Master mma- December 7, 2011 at 9:24 am
You have to be blind not to see that GSP is a better MMA fighter in EVERY postition. GSP has faced better wrestlers,better BOXERs and better BBJ fighters than this clown. GSP will beat him any were he wants.GSP is the best WW to ever fight in UFC and for people to keep cutting him down is just funny. The things he HAS done may never be repeated. Give him his dues.
Me likey- December 7, 2011 at 9:02 am
the fight will be stopped when diaz starts doing illegal antics, (grabbing the fence, eye gouging etc.) after he can't get off his back.
RearNakedSpoon- December 7, 2011 at 8:51 am
Call me strange but GSP punching a dickhead in the face for 25 minutes is highly entertaining. I hope Diaz doesn't quit and it goes the distance ;)
Buffalo Ben- December 7, 2011 at 7:16 am
Well that's no surprise. Shamrock has been the biggest Nick Diaz fan in the world since he lost to him.
SnackDaddy- December 7, 2011 at 7:16 am
GSP is going to out-box, out-wrestle, out-fucking-own Diaz! You mark my words. This fight is ending by an elbow from the top position, thrown by GSP.
benhamil- December 7, 2011 at 6:50 am
ccman, Shields didn't avoid taking GSP down. He simply couldn't get anywhere close to him. GSP pushed him off the entire fight.
ccman- December 7, 2011 at 6:19 am
Aside from being annoyed by all the 'real' this and that..... Diaz is a cardio phenom. People are right in saying he has been spoon fed opponents who will fight his fight. Penn won the 1st but in typical penn manner gassed but was still game to fight nicks fight. He has ALWAYS tried to beat opponents with their strength. Santos was a set up. Noons was undersized. Daley got baited and surprisingly has no chin. He wants a rematch sooooo bad because he knows he fucked up and is the better fighter. I don't agree but a rematch with Daley having a head game and who knows.
GSP will not get sucked into Diaz b. s. stockton respects his wrestling so much jake fucking shields became a boxer when he fought him. He didn't respect Dan hendersons wrestling that much. Nicks only way to win is goad this into a brawl. I don't see it happening, and I really don't see him fighting the takedowns off. GSP via dr. Stoppage. Diaz cuts easily and he has to take a ton of forearms trying to set submissions.
Spotpuff- December 7, 2011 at 5:43 am
How exactly do you "lay on top of" someone with superior jiu jitsu for 5 rounds?

"Real" boxing? So many "no true Scotsman" fallacies here.
Dagnut- December 7, 2011 at 4:49 am
@ Robpd22.. my thoughts exactly..you have judge Diaz by his opponents..Penn was the worst I've seen him..Daley was close to putting him away..very close..Cyborg was tailor made for him and fights like a headless chicken..Noons is a lightweight.. I don't' see where the hype is coming from tbh..he is exciting but does that mean he is top tier? I doubt he is
Robpd22- December 7, 2011 at 3:23 am
I think a lot of people here are just tired of GSP winning in a boring fashion. Many of Nick's "spectacular" boxing displays involve his opponent standing in the pocket and trading. GSP as boring as he is, isn't that stupid. Honestly re-watch the Diaz-Penn fight (mostly the last 2 rounds) and try to picture GSP standing and taking the damage Penn takes with no answers. Hell re-watch it and try to imagine GSP as tired and slow in the 2nd/3rd as Penn was.

Nick is an amazing fighter and although I don't like him I have to respect his ability. I just don't see GSP getting baited into a trading match when Nick sticks his chin out and talks shit. I also don't see GSP gassing out like some of Nicks last few opponents.

IMO Nicks best two assets are baiting people into boxing/brawling and his endurance. GSP is too smart/safe to be baited and has enough endurance to go 25 minutes. It will probably be a decision and might be boring, but GSP will do enough to defend the title once again.
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- December 7, 2011 at 2:20 am
GSP wants only what all Canadian MMA stars want,To tame komodo dragons in Sri Lanka and teach them to perform Hamlet but before he can do that... He must be beaten by an MMA fighter , from Stockton, who is better than him...
GOOOOOO LITTLE NICKY
Dagnut- December 7, 2011 at 1:31 am
Nick has shown good boxing yeah..against people who can't box!! Paul Daley very nearly put him out he ate a lot of shots in that fight...in fact he eats a lot of shots in very fight...offensively he may throw nice shots when he is backing a fighter up but I think George will be too smart to get in and bang with him..the Sera fight thought GSP a valuable lesson he isn't the type to make the same mistake twice
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