“Strikeforce: Evolution” conference call quotes & audio with Le, Smith, Thomson, Melendez

“Strikeforce: Evolution” takes place on Dec. 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Headlining the card will  be Actor/MMA fighter extraordinaire and former Strikeforce middleweight champ Cung Le, taking on Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith.

Both Le and Smith, along with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, and his opponent, Josh Thomson, all took part in a media conference call today to help promote the event. Below are some quotes from the call as well as the audio*.

Strikeforce: Evolution conference call (audio):

Quotes from conference call after the jump…

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Scott Smith talks about upcoming fight with Nick Diaz – PRO MMA exclusive interview

It was announced last week that Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith would be fighting Nick Diaz on the “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” card on June 6th in St. Louis, Missouri. Both fighters are coming off big TKO wins from Strikeforce’s April 11th card.

Immediately following the announcement, PRO MMA (promma.info) invited Scott to be a guest on our weekly podcast THE INFO. The following interview was transcribed from Scott’s appearance on the show.

Scott talks about his recent win over Benji Radach and why he feels it was the biggest win of his career. He also breaks down his upcoming fight with Nick Diaz, how the two match up, how he feels about going into this next fight so quickly, and much more.

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Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith added to June 6 Strikeforce fight card in St. Louis

The San Jose-based MMA promotion, STRIKEFORCE heads east to St. Louis, Missouri on June 6 with STRIKEFORCE: LAWLER vs. SHIELDS. It will only be the promotion’s third time since their March 2006 inception to hold an event outside the state of California.

PRO MMA (promma.info) was notified by the company today that Stockton bad boy, Nick Diaz will be fighting Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith in a special 180-pound catch-weight bout on the June 6th “Lawler vs. Shields” under card. The event will air live on Showtime from the Scottrade Center.

Both Diaz and Smith, are coming off impressive victories from STRIKEFORCE’s April 11th Showtime debut. Diaz fought “The Legend” Frank Shamrock in a one-sided main event beat down that left Shamrock crumpled against the cage and unable to continue 3:57 into round number two.

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Scott Smith talks about fight with Radach and his future with Strikeforce

“Pro MMA Radio” host Larry Pepe talked with Strikeforce middleweight Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith in Monday night’s “Toe-to-Toe” segment.

The two discussed Smith’s recent come-from-behind win against tough middleweight Benji Radach, what it was like having so many friends and family members live at his last fight, and who he sees himself fighting in the future.

Scott Smith recently fought the very tough knockout artist Benji Radach at “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” on April 11th in San Jose, California. Both fighters are known for their battles inside the cage and their long list of knockouts. Smith was losing the fight, but recovered enough in the third round to catch Radach and win the fight with yet another KO.

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Benji Radach ready for April 11 Strikeforce debut – PRO MMA exclusive interview

Benji Radach is set to make his Strikeforce debut where he will do battle with Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith on April 11th. The middleweight bout will air live on Showtime as part of the Shamrock vs. Diaz undercard. Both Radach and Smith are known for putting it all on the line and producing exciting fights and this contest should be no different. Benji is riding high after a very impressive knockout victory in October over Chute Boxe star Murilo “Ninja” Rua.

PRO MMA (promma.info) recently had the chance to catch up with Benji and talk with him about many things including his big victory over “Ninja” Rua, his upcoming battle with Smith, his time in the IFL, his future in Strikeforce, and the possibility of a match up with middleweight champion Cung Le somewhere down the line. Check it out!

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Frank Shamrock to fight Nick Diaz in Strikeforce main event April 11 on Showtime

PRO MMA (http://promma.info) will be on a Strikeforce / Showtime conference call scheduled for later this morning, however reports have already surfaced that “The Legend”, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Frank Shamrock (23-9-2), is set to return to the cage against the Stockton bad boy, Nick Diaz (18-7), on April 11 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

The 36 year-old Shamrock, lost his middleweight title to Cung Le (6-0) in March of 2008 when he suffered a broken arm and could not answer the fourth round bell. This will be “The Legend’s” first fight since losing his title to Le.

Although only 25 years of age, Nick Diaz, is a veteran and a near legend himself in the sport. His last bout was with EliteXC in July 2008 when he out-boxed Thomas “Wildman” Denny (26-18) with a second round TKO victory.

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