(Someone should tell Nick that in some cultures they consider that an insult.)
As Strikeforce’s Showtime debut closes in on us and we prepare to get our liveblog on (that’s right, so remember to stop on by tomorrow night) it’s time to debate the hell out of the merits of this fight card, its resemblance to a Zombie EliteXC here on Zombie Jesus weekend, and more. Here it is, your Ben vs. Ben…
Is Diaz/Shamrock a completely meaningless, just-for-the-hell-of-it bout? If so, does it matter, or do you need something more to get excited about it? Who wins this, anyway?
BF: Of course it’s a meaningless fight. I mean, it’s being contested at 179 pounds. That’s not even a round number, let alone a weight class. It’s not as if this is a fight to settle some longstanding grudge (unless you count the grudge Frank Shamrock has against anyone unwilling to admit that he’s the greatest fighter ever, or the grudge Nick Diaz has against the world). It’s certainly not a fight to sort out the contenders from the pretenders in the 179-pound division. Naw son, this is just for kicks.
Does it matter to me? Not in this case. It may be fighting for the sake of fighting, but it’s such a weirdly compelling match-up that I don’t care. Diaz and Shamrock are always fun to watch, and they’re both absolutely insane in very different ways. So why not make them fight each other? It’s not as if either one of them is climbing to the top of any division at this point.
As for who’s going to win, the fact that I have to think about it a little only makes me more interested in seeing it. Five years ago this is Shamrock’s fight all the way, but the ravages of age, as they say. I’ll still take Shamrock via decision, based mostly on superior size and strength, but also based on his notorious in-fight antics, which will bait Diaz into fighting a stupid fight. Not that that’s especially hard.
BG: I’m thinking the fight will end in a draw after Shamrock and Diaz spend fifteen minutes with their arms in the air, each trying to lure the other one into hitting them in the face. On the real though, yeah, probably Shamrock by decision, or a late TKO stoppage that Diaz will immediately complain about. It’ll be a much less nuanced fight than it could be. Both of these guys prefer to stand and bang, so that’s what’s going to happen. The deciding factor will be power, which Shamrock has and Diaz lacks.