STRIKEFORCE: SHAMROCK vs. DIAZ post-fight analysis

STRIKEFORCE: SHAMROCK vs. DIAZ brought MMA back to Showtime…boy did it! The Showtime portion of the card would make any MMA promoter envious.

The night started out with big Brett Rogers taking on “Iron Ring” winner “Abongo” Humphrey. “Abongo’s” physique alone is enough to make most men tremble; that is, unless your name is Brett Rogers. Rogers cut down to make the 265-pound heavyweight limit while Humphrey weighed in at 239 pounds.

Rogers was agile and kept an impressive pace for his size; both men did, for that matter. Humphrey kept coming forward but in the end it was his downfall. Rogers’ technical superiority became evident in his crisp striking that repeatedly found its mark.

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PRO MMA ( 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 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 ( 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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