Strikeforce “Shamrock vs Diaz” took place earlier this evening at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The event was broadcast on Showtime.
In the night’s main event, Frank Shamrock returned to the cage for the first time since he fought Cung Le to face Stockton’s Nick Diaz.
Gilbert Melendez and Rodrigo Damm faced off in a lightweight battle for the Interim Strikeforce Lightweight Championship.
Scott Smith and Benji Radach battled it out in an exciting middleweight bout.
Cyborg Santos faced off against Hitomi Akano in a women’s bout.
Brett Rogers returned to action against Ron Humphrey.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Nick Diaz defeats Frank Shamrock via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Gilbert Melendez defeats Rodrigo Damm via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Scott Smith defeats Benji Radach via Knockout in Round Three
- Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos defeats Hitomi Akano via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Brett Rogers defeats Ron Humphrey via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Luke Rockhold via Buck Meredith via Submission (Side Choke) in Round One
- Eric Lawson defeats Waylon Kennel via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Raul Castillo defeats Brandon Michaels via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round One
- James Terry defeats Zak Bucia via Unanimous Decision
- Shingo Kohara defeats Jeremy Tavares via Knockout in Round Two
Frank Shamrock vs. Nick Diaz: Holy smokes, who saw that coming? Nick Diaz absolutely dominated Frank Shamrock everywhere in this fight, especially on the feet. Frank just didn’t have any answers for Nick’s reach or his peppering punching style. Nick wore him down, eventually put him down against the cage and pummeled him with punches until Big John was forced to step in. Huge win for Nick Diaz. Too bad KJ Noons is too busy boxing…
Gilbert Melendez vs. Rodrigo Damm: No surprises here. All Melendez needed to do was evade Damm’s submission attempts and he’d eventually get the finish or cruise to a decision victory. Melendez chose the former and got the big knockout. Looks like Thomson is next now that he’s the interim champ.
Benji Radach vs. Scott Smith: Wow, what a fun fight. Classic Scott Smith. At least two times, Benji Radach had Smith in trouble and should have finished him, but like he has so many times before Smith was able to survive, and came back with the dramatic knockout in the final minutes of the fight.
Hitomi Akano vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos: That fight wasn’t fair, and to be honest, probably shouldn’t have happened. Cyborg was just way too big for Akano. Akano did all should could to survive. She tried several times to get Cyborg on the ground and sneak in a submission, but Cyborg was just too powerful. Hopefully, Cyborg-Carano is going to happen because I’m not sure who else can compete with Santos right now.
Ron Humphrey vs. Brett Rogers: Is it me or was that one sloppy fight? Rogers and Humphrey essentially brawled throughout the fight with both fighters landing blows. Once it got to the second round, Rogers took over though when he pinned Abongo against the cage and unloaded several knees to his face ending the fight just moments later. Got to give credit to Abongo, he withstood a hell of a beating before he finally fell. Good thing for Rogers that he finally did, because Rogers looked like he was running out of gas. If Rogers get the shot against Overeem, I really don’t see Rogers having much of a chance.
Live gate: $750,000
Bonus info courtesy of MMA Junkie