Frank Shamrock-Nick Diaz Strikeforce Fight: Live Notes From San Jose

Aron GlatzerAnalyst IApril 12, 2009

NEW YORK - JANUARY 20:  MMA fighter and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz rings the NASDAQ opening bell at NASDAQ in Times Square on January 20, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

10:50: Brett "The Grim" Rogers notable quotes from press conference:

"I want to thank Abongo, because there are not a lot of fighters that want to get in the ring with me."

"The Kimbo (Slice) situation, it's old to me. Kimbo's kind of done, he's relaxing now."

10:45 Scott Coker on a possible upcoming Gina Carano-Cris "Cyborg" Santos showdown:

"That's a fight that deserves to be a main event; the female division of Strikeforce has definitely earned it."

10:25: Nick Diaz's notable quotes from the post-fight press conference:

On exacting revenge on Frank Shamrock for beating his mentor and trainer Cesar Gracie in 2006:

"I had to get that one done for my coach."

On his strategy to use his reach advantage to hurt Shamrock:

"I was trying to get him to put that right hand out there, then jump in and counter


10:00: Tito Ortiz's notable quotes from the press conference:

On Shamrock's performance:

"I'm disappointed Frank lost, as I was looking forward to a rematch. Thanks Nick, it was like watching money go out the window."

On returning to UFC:

"The chances are slim to none of me going back to UFC."

On returning to the cage:

"I've started weight training again, and it'll be two months until I can wrestle again. I need a tune-up fight, but I'm excited to get back in the cage and compete."

8:35: Updated crowd figure is 15,211, which approaches the largest-attended fight in HP Pavilion history, 18,265 when Shamrock took on Cesar Gracie in 2006.

8:15: The crowd turnout is 14,409, which is a strong showing for the Bay Area fight fans.

7:45: I think Cyborg Santos just punched Hitomi Akano into next week, as she was clearly still dazed being escorted out of the cage. Cyborg has definitely laid a claim in her hopes of a future matchup with Gina Carano, if Carano's status clears up.

7:20: Brett Rogers just knocked "Abongo" Humphrey out so hard with a combination of left knees and right-handed shots to the face that it took a crew over two minutes to get Humphrey back to his feet.

7:15: Rourke was the focus of the jumbotron's, where he revealed a message of "Get Well Eugenia" scribbled on the inside of his right palm.

7:05: The entire building honored the late Charles "Mask" Lewis, Jr., co-founder of TapouT, who died in a tragic car crash last month with a moment of silence.

7:00: Mickey Rourke has been spotted near the cage. Plenty of starpower here tonight.

6:50 p.m.: Cung Le is here taking in the action. The Strikeforce middleweight title holder will see how Shamrock and Diaz square off.

6:45 p.m.: Tito Ortiz is in the building, posing for photos and signing autographs for a throng of fans in lower-reserve seating. This can only fuel the fire to the talks of Tito possibly joining Strikeforce in the future for a potential showdown with Frank Shamrock, barring tonight's results against Nick Diaz.

6:30 p.m.: This is the most well-attended fight I've ever seen at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, and that includes six-to-eight other boxing and MMA events I've covered in the past two years. The turnout compared to the Gilbert Melendez-Josh Thomson fight in the summer of 2008 is staggering, and proof Strikeforce is truly on the rise.


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