People Should Pay Attention To Strikeforce's Marius Zaromskis

STUDIO CITY, CA - MAY 19:  MMA fighters Jake Shields (bottom) and Nick Diaz demonstrate MMA fighting techniques at CBS's 'Elite XC Saturday Night Fights' Press Conference at CBS Radford Studios on May 19, 2008 in Studio City, California.  (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
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Tim NgoCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2010

This story originally appeared on the MMA website,

There’s plenty of hoopla surrounding Herschel Walker & Bobby Lashley’s Strikeforce debuts this Saturday, however don’t sleep on Marius Zaromskis. You know, the guy fighting Nick Diaz in the main event for the vacant welterweight title at “Strikeforce: Miami.”

After winning the Dream Welterweight Grand Prix to become the division’s first champion, Zaromskis signed a contract with Strikeforce and was set to make his debut against MMA veteran Jay Hieron. However, Hieron nixed the scrap because he felt Zaromskis wasn’t a big enough name.

Zaromskis, who owns a respectable 13-3 pro record, didn’t taken Hieron’s comments too personally but said, “If Jay Hieron doesn’t feel that I’m famous enough to fight him, then I guess he’ll just have to wait until I get famous and I’ll fight him.”

Everything worked out nicely for Zaromskis as he’s headed for a 5Round title affair while Hieron will meet Joe Riggs in a non-televised preliminary bout this Saturday.

The Zaromskis/Diaz bout is a classic grappler vs. striker battle. Although Diaz can exchange blows with the best of them, his submission game is what opponents fear the most.

“As far as how the fight will go or what I’ll be able to do, I don’t want to predict that. We’ll just have to see it in the ring,” Zaromskis said of his bout with Diaz.

Yes, Bobby Lashley and Herschel Walker will pack the BankAtlantic Center seats, but MMA purists believe Marius Zaromskis and Nick Diaz will make the evening.

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