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

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