Frank Shamrock helped give Strikeforce a leg to survive on, competing in the first-ever main event for the promotion back in 2006.
Shamrock wouldn’t have his greatest in-cage success with Strikeforce, but he did provide a face to build around.
Now, as the promotion closes up shop for good, Shamrock reflected on his time with Scott Coker during an interview with MMA Fighting following the final show Saturday night.
I’m sad. Fighting’s been a pair of my life for as long as I can remember. With Scott, we created magic with Showtime. I watched all these guys grow up.
Shamrock competed four times in all for Coker and Strikeforce, including a loss to Nick Diaz in 2009 in his final match.
Diaz, Gilbert Melendez, Cung Le, Josh Thomson and others helped push Strikeforce into the mainstream. While none of them competed on Saturday’s card, Shamrock was still pleased with the action that he saw first-hand at cageside as a commentator for Showtime.
Some of the fights could have been more competitive, but the main event said it all. A young kid comes from another country and did the impossible. That’s what Strikeforce was; we did the impossible.
Shamrock was referencing Tarec Saffiedine’s upset victory over Nate Marquardt to become the last Strikeforce welterweight champion. Saffiedine competed on the Strikeforce Challengers series, earning a title shot against the former UFC contender.