(Yeah, it’s a nice shirt, but you know what? I’m just going to wait until it’s selling for three dollars at T.J. Maxx.)
On Strikeforce’s media conference call today Frank Shamrock confirmed that he would indeed be fighting Nick Diaz on April 11, and at a catch-weight of 179 pounds. One can’t help but imagine the fierce negotiations that landed them at that awkward figure, but one can imagine that Frank and Nick both acted totally sweet during said negotiations, refusing to meet at a round number.
Of Diaz, Shamrock said, “"He’s a guy who throws and talks trash. And on April 11 I’m going to knock him out."
That’s pretty much a compliment from Shamrock. He also said he’d like to fight more often than the once or twice a year plan he’s been on lately, and of course he also beat the old ‘I want to fight my brother’ drum yet again.
Other news coming out of the call…
- Cung Le won’t be on the April 11 card, but will fight in 2009, probably against Shamrock.
- Cris “Cyborg” Santos is signed to Strikeforce and will be ready to fight for the April event, and Gina Carano has been invited to get in there with her. Now that “American Gladiators” has been cancelled, there’s really no reason not to go ahead and do that fight so we can all stop wondering how it would go, right?
- Scott Coker expects Alistair Overeem to defend his heavyweight title before the year is out, but realizes that the man has other entanglements to sort out overseas.