Frank Shamrock vs. Nick Diaz in Strikeforce

Craig JolicoeurCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2009


Sam Caplan is reporting that Frank Shamrock and Nick Diaz will fight each other on the upcoming Strikeforce fight card this April.

The fight is expected to be formally announced sometime this week during a joint press conference between Strikeforce and new partner Showtime. The Apr. 11 fight card is expected to be the first Strikeforce event on Showtime.

The matchup would realistically take place at middleweight, or some catch-weight, as it’s unlikely Shamrock could make the 170-pound weight limit.

The popular and controversial Diaz last fought this past July under the EliteXC banner against Thomas Denny. Diaz dominated the fight and won via TKO in the second round.

Frank Shamrock has not fought since March of 2008, when he lost his middleweight title to Cung Le in three rounds. Shamrock broke his arm during that fight and, although he has been cleared to fight, he has not competed since.

Also rumored to appear on the fight card are Josh Thompson, Gilbert Melendez, Scott Smith, and Benji Radach.