by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Nick Diaz dominated Frank Shamrock in the main event of Strikeforce’s Showtime debut at the HP Pavilion in front of Shamrock’s hometown crowd in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday night.
The fight was one-sided from the start with Diaz utilizing his reach advantage, landing his jab regularly. When the action went to the mat, Diaz passed Shamrock’s guard and had him mounted in the closing seconds of round one.
Shamrock had difficulty with Diaz’ length from the opening bell and Diaz’ effective jab left Shamrock’s face bloodied and bruised, but it was a body shot that put the former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight titleholder down. Referee “Big” John McCarthy stopped the fight at the 3:57 mark of the second round with Diaz standing over Shamrock landing punches.
Diaz, known for his brazen behavior, was visibly talking to Shamrock throughout the bout, but in a show of class the Cesar Gracie trained athlete helped the 36-year old Shamrock to his feet after the stoppage.
“The key was to get out here and feel good and put it down,” said Daiz in his post-fight interview. “It’s hard to hate that guy. He’s been doing what I want to do and saying what I want to say for a long time.”
“I give everything to Nick Diaz. I trained for him 100-percent. I didn’t take him lightly. I knew he was a dangerous opponent,” said Shamrock following the fight. “Nick kicked my (expletive) tonight. There’s no two ways about it. He beat me… I was ready. Nick was just the better man.”
With the loss to Diaz, Shamrock has been defeated in his last two outings, but the San Jose resident told the crowd he’ll be back. “I’m going to keep coming back here to the Tank. This is my hometown. This is my arena. I brought the sport here. I’m going to keep representing,” he stated. “I’ll be back here. Don’t even worry about it.”