“Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” fighter salaries and live gate

On April 11th, STRIKEFORCE: SHAMROCK vs. DIAZ took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and was broadcast live on Showtime.

15,211 MMA fans showed up to watch the event live with a total gate from ticket sales at $750,000.

The total fighter payroll was $633,445. Although Frank Shamrock lost to Nick Diaz via TKO in the main event, “The Legend” was still able to walk away as the big winner for the night when it came to salary with a sweet $369,790 paycheck.

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PRO MMA (promma.info) was sitting cage side at “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” Saturday night, April 11, in San Jose, California. From the first bout to the last, the entire card was action packed. Only one fight went the distance and it was on the under card un-televised portion. Showtime viewers got a real treat with this reintroduction to MMA.

In the end, “The Legend” seemed more like a fable as the younger, taller, longer, and larger Nick Diaz kept Shamrock at bay with jabs and combinations. Shamrock occasionally found his way through the forest of punches but it was rare and even then it was only one or two shots at a time.

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Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz official weigh-in results

PRO MMA (promma.info) is at the HP Pavilion today in San Jose, California for the STRIKEFORCE: SHAMROCK vs. DIAZ weigh-ins.

Unfortunately, Christiane “Cyborg” Santos came in at a whopping six pounds over the 146 pound limit for her bout with Hitomi Akano. She has been given two hours to reach 149.5 pounds or the fight could be scrapped.

If Santos can not make the weight and the athletic commission refuses to approve the fight, it would be a huge blow to the card. Stay tuned to PRO MMA (promma.info) as this story develops.

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STRIKEFORCE: SHAMROCK vs DIAZ takes place April 11 in San Jose, airs live on SHOWTIME – preview

This Saturday night, April 11, STRIKEFORCE: SHAMROCK vs DIAZ will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. PRO MMA (promma.info) will be providing previews of the fighters and fights throughout the week leading up to event, culminating with live play by play and post-fight presser coverage on Saturday. The event will air live on Showtime starting at 10PM EST/7:00PM PST.

Headlining the card will be a 179-pound catch weight fight between “The Legend” Frank Shamrock and the pride of Stockton, Nick Diaz. The bad blood for this one started back in March 2006 when Shamrock defeated Diaz’s mentor, Cesar Gracie, at STRIKEFORCE: SHAMROCK vs. GRACIE.

Shamrock is coming off a loss to Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Cung Le. Shamrock could not continue into the fourth round of their March 2008 title fight after receiving a broken arm from repeatedly blocking Le’s kicks.

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Broken leg forces Josh Thomson out of Strikeforce title defense

PRO MMA (promma.info) received word Wednesday evening from Strikeforce officials that Josh “The Punk” Thomson (16-2) sustained a broken left leg during a sparring session with Billy Evangelista earlier in the day.

Thomson was scheduled to defend his lightweight title against Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (14-2) at STRIKEFORCE: SHAMROCK vs. DIAZ at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Saturday, April 11.

Thomson will no longer be able to compete in the fight with Melendez and Strikeforce is seeking a replacement. The injury is severe enough that Thomson must undergo surgery on Friday and is expected to be out of action for two to three months.

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Thomson Q & A with the media (audio)

Following his workout at American Kickboxing Academy, Josh Thomson fielded questions from the media. Multiple online websites were in attendance as well as several prominent bay area local television stations. “The Punk” discussed a bevy of topics that included Gil Melendez, Cung Le, Strikeforce, Scott Coker and Thomson’s displeasure with the MMA media. PRO MMA’s (promma.info) “Fast Eddie” Constantine was right next to the champ during the session.

Thomson part 1:

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Josh Thomson Strikeforce media day photo gallery

PRO MMA’s (promma.info) Matt De La Rosa snapped dozens of photos of Josh “The Punk” Thomson’s media day workout at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. “The Punk” will defend his Strikeforce Lightweight belt against “El Nino” Gil Melendez next Saturday at the HP Pavilion in down town San Jose. The champion worked out with Dave Camarillo and Javier Mendez before fielding questions from the media. There are close to 40 pictures from the days event. Photos after the jump…

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PRO MMA exclusive interview: Luke Rockhold

PRO MMA’s (promma.info) “Fast Eddie” Constantine caught up with Strikeforce middleweight and American Kickboxing Academy prospect; Luke Rockhold while at the Josh Thomson media day on Tuesday. Rockhold is coming off two straight victories in Strikeforce over Josh Neal and Nik Theotikos.

Rockhold will face Team Quest’s Buck Meredith on April 11th at the Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Diaz” card. “Fast Eddie” grabbed a few words from the young 185 pounder prior to the pro practice at AKA.

PRO MMA: Luke, how has the training been going for the fight?
ROCKHOLD: Its going good. I’m training as hard as ever, at AKA we don’t mess around. Just doing everything that I have to do to win the fight.

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Melendez: “I’ve learned, it is war out there”

Prior to beginning his training session at the Gracie Sports Center, Gilbert Melendez fielded questions from the media regarding his upcoming rematch with Josh “The Punk” Thomson. The former Strikeforce champion appeared to be in very good condition and spoke highly of his opponent. “El Nino” made it very clear that he expects the outcome on April 11th to be much different than the last time the two 155 pound stars met in the cage last summer.

Melendez discussed Strikeforce, Josh Thomson, Showtime, Mitsuhiro Ishida,  Jake Shields and more in his remarks to the press. Be sure to listen for PRO MMA’s (promma.info) own “Fast Eddie” Constantine during the interview session. Part two after the jump….

Melendez Part 1

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