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Shamrock-Diaz a Strange Choice, But Also a Brilliant One

(While he’s fairly confident you all know who’s #1, Frank Shamrock still doesn’t like to chance it.)

Five Ounces of Pain reports that when Frank Shamrock headlines the April 11 Strikeforce card, he’ll be doing so against former EliteXC 160-pound contender and weed-loving hard-ass Nick Diaz.  On one hand, this has the makings of a great fight.  Both men are slightly insane in their own special ways, and both are liable to say/do absolutely anything in the lead up to a fight.

On the other hand, should they even be fighting?  Shamrock has competed most of his career at middleweight and above.  He weighed in at 185 for his bout with Cung Le.  Diaz has been hovering in the 160-170 pound neighborhood as of late, and doesn’t exactly have the kind of frame you can pack a lot of weight on to.  It’s unclear at this point whether Shamrock will cut down or whether Diaz will munchie up, though if we had to guess we’d put our money on the latter.

But even as I sit here perplexed by the decision to pit these two against each other – and disappointed by the fact that it isn’t a Diaz brothers vs. Shamrock brothers tag team match – I am forced to admit that I wouldn’t miss this fight for anything.  

It’s not a bout that will have any longstanding implications in whatever division it’s contested in.  There’s no title on the line, no more than the same general feud that exists whenever either one of these guys fights anyone.  Whoever wins, whether it’s Shamrock beating the smaller Diaz or Diaz beating the older Shamrock, it won’t do too much to change either man’s standing in the MMA landscape.

And yet, what can’t happen in a Diaz-Shamrock bout?  It’s as if we’re guaranteed a certain baseline level of showboating and/or middle-finger waving, not to mention unorthodox striking styles and surprise finishes.  And that doesn’t even take into account the smacktalk before and after the fight.  

Clearly, the people at Strikeforce know what they’re doing.  This is a main event that has real appeal.  Maybe not the GSP-Penn kind of appeal, but not the Kimbo Slice-James Thompson kind either.  It’s somewhere in the middle, where good, experienced, credible though not elite fighters who are both batshit crazy, come together for a night that ought to be, if nothing else, memorable.  And you know you’re going to watch.

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Fisicoculturismo- September 26, 2011 at 8:19 am
Diaz will bring us to the championship!
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Mike`- February 20, 2009 at 9:54 am
nick diaz is elite.
nippletwist- February 11, 2009 at 1:02 am
i hope diaz fucks him up
Mescan-Judontknow- February 10, 2009 at 10:53 pm
Anonymous- February 10, 2009 at 8:01 pm
Nick Diaz is elite.
the britz are coming- February 10, 2009 at 6:45 pm
lilpoots i am also called yr not gobling nobody were gona do you like king
your not gobling nooobody were gona do you llike king- February 10, 2009 at 6:41 pm
get a fucking grip m8 yr american judges gave it bisping and who the fuck wants to see lay n pray anyway.and do you think i give two shits about who the bbc thinks is cool hahaha most americans think michael jackson is cool but i think he is a mutated boy lover with shit clothes.and his names matt hamill not that deaf guy you jock strap.also bisping did show a lack of respect but its only because they didn't get on with each other from the show.bisping has treated all his other opponents with respect and he is an exciting fighter i no he aint the best but i will support him.i carnt believe you have to bring up a bad decision from 2 years ago what about leben pissing on the weak guys pillow then crying like a spaz when he got called a fatherless bastard thats entertainment hahaha.and he was on roids when he fought bisping.bottom line with the bisping hamill fight 2 AMERICAN judges fuckt up just let it go m8 it really is desperado style all bisping said was get back to wrestling but i suppose thats worse than taking roids and showing inmates how to bum someone more effectively like leben.or gsp lubing his self up.if there was something dodgy at the bisping hamill fight it wasn't nothing to do with the fighters.and you split my sides with the teeth joke i am pissing in yr mums mouth hahaha tell us another window licker
BM2- February 10, 2009 at 6:29 pm
You have now died and gone to PROMO HEAVEN.
NinJay- February 10, 2009 at 3:10 pm

That whole thing is full of win.....just on Bens part though, i laughed on a few diferent occasions...out my office, and i dont like how they all stare when i do.

Tag team match!
UFCinCalgary- February 10, 2009 at 2:38 pm
Kirky- February 10, 2009 at 2:09 pm
fuckin' excellent match up, cmon the diaz brothers
lilpo0ts- February 10, 2009 at 1:57 pm
@ the brits are coming
ken shamrock was good when he could pump himself full of steroids and hulk out on people. anything in pancrase is a toss up because they fixed so many fights it was ridiculous. people lost respect for ken when he thought he was the figure head of mma. royce is a total jackass but him and his family are the catalyst of UFC.

ken made himself a laughing stock, he couldnt take a loss for shit. now frank on the other hand, clearly a natural athlete..totally dickish but he could back it up, he even calls ken out at points in interviews. how dare you call us weak fans..some people actually enjoy the sport instead of blindly following a fighter. perfect can you cheer for bispings "win" over that deaf kid, GTFO everyone could clearly see he lost..he even had an explaination of how he won on the replay i almost laughed my kidney out and he's the brit coolest man of the year wow maybe because he has all of his teeth? i dunno
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diaz is an awesome fighter,not afraid of speaking his mind, which is total horseshittery (ya i know you like that) but he is gonna go down to shamrock
Anonymous- February 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm
179 LB. Catchweight.
Anonymous- February 10, 2009 at 1:34 pm
I saw nick diaz in vegas at the MGM and he looked like he was packing on a shit load of wieght.
LukeTheDuke- February 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm
Go Frank.
LAS- February 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm
I always see people talking about how Diaz has "outboxed good strikers before" and the only example they can come up with is the Robbie Lawler fight from like 5 years ago. Do you think Diaz would outbox Lawler today?

And don't even think about citing the Gomi fight; pretty hard to make the claim you "outboxed" someone when they broke your orbital bone before gassing.
Ted Nutmeg- February 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm
One is a raging narcissist with a monumentally overblown conception of his place in MMA history. The other has proven his ability to take offense at even the most innocuous gestures and comments. Together they will provide the greatest pre-fight hype in MMA history. Get ready for "Strikeforce: Horse's Ass vs. Sociopath"!
the britz are coming- February 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm
thats quality cpanger but i never asked for yr respect and i dont want it either but am glad you respect the legends of mma
First- February 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm
NECROPHYTE- February 10, 2009 at 12:40 pm
Frank is too damn heavy for Nick!!!

Let Nick fight Jason Guida instead!!!
Anonymous- February 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm
This fight and the pre-fight promotion leading up to it is going to be SICK.
Anonymous- February 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm
I think Fedor a million ankles just feels the need to share his Idiocy with others regardless of what the topic is.
vajomach- February 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm
got no prob with the diaz brothers.
nick by arm bar. stockton bitch WHAT! Ha!
i saw frank vs cung le but dont know how long ago it was.
when was frank "i really wanna be the mma poster boy" shamrocks
last fight?
Myke O.- February 10, 2009 at 12:15 pm
this match up sucks and i think they'd benefit more if both were on the card but not fighting each other
the britz are coming- February 10, 2009 at 12:12 pm
why do people hate frank he always been a good fighter and will kill nick diaz fuck the diaz brother's nate couldn't even beat clay giz a hug guida and i no ken is old as fuck but the shamrocks have beat some quality fighters between always respect them even thought people take the piss out of ken think back to ufc 1 ken vs pat smith.smith had won something like 270 kickboxing fights in a row then ken tuk him out would you little mincers fight someone who did that no you would shit yrself.i can even remember bas rutten squeling like pig when ken knee barred him the only reason people insult ken is because he dont no when to quit its happening to hughes and day it will happen to gsp and bj ect.but i think frank is still a good fighter and will destroy nick.i mean when tito beat ken imo they should have never fought ken was past it years before there first fight.when gsp gets to 35 some young kid will knock fuck out of him then all of a sudden gsp will be made fun of bottom line american fans are weak as piss i love the ufc i respect most of the fighters but the fans are gay we need more fans in mma like football fans here in england not a bunch of turn coats bastards.i carnt wait till the uk has more fighters in the ufc to show you cunts what real support is and the support that the guys deserve.maybe its different in american football or baseball but the proof is in the pudding you look on every page on these sites and theres nothing but disrespect for older fighters that i no once upon a time u supported like matt huges chuck tito ken randy .i will always respect these legends and so should you