Strikeforce: "Shamrock vs. Diaz" is set to go off LIVE tonight (April 11) from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest "Shamrock vs. Diaz" results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action!)
"SHAMROCK VS. DIAZ" QUICK RESULTS:
Nick Diaz defeats Frank Shamrock via technical knockout (strikes) at 3:57 of round two
Gilbert Melendez defeats Rodrigo Damm via knockout (punch) at 2:02 of round two
Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith defeats Benji "Razor" Radach via knockout (punch) at 3:24 of round three
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos defeats Hitomi Akano via knockout (strikes) at 0:35 of round three
Brett "The Grim" Rogers defeats Ron "Abongo" Humphrey via technical knockout (strikes) at 1:38 of round two
Luke Rockhold via Buck Meredith via submission (side choke) at 4:07 of round one
Eric Lawson defeats Waylon Kennel via technical knockout (strikes) at 4:54 of round one
Raul Castillo defeats Brandon Michaels via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:45 of round one
James Terry defeats Zak Bucia via unanimous decision
Shingo Kohara defeats Jeremy Tavares via knockout (knee) at 0:04 of round two
"SHAMROCK VS. DIAZ" BLOW-BY-BLOW LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
Frank Shamrock vs. Nick Diaz
Round one: Great staredown with no gloves touching. Here we go. Frank takes the center and lands a leg kick. Shamrock just misses a head kick. Diaz with a right hand. Nice exchange. Diaz is talking to Shamrock. He catches a kick from Shamrock and they go to the ground. Diaz passes right to side control and looks for mount. Shamrock tries to mount and offense from the bottom, but Diaz continues to work for poisition. He passes all the way to Shamrock's other side to take side control from there. Diaz works for a keylock and Shamrock escapes getting back to his feet. Shamrock with a slid leg kick that spins Diaz momentarily. Diaz stays walking forward and keeps talking to Shamrock. Both guys are exchanging jabs and punches. Shamrock to the body. Diaz continues to stalka and taunt Shamrock. Frank tries to capitalize and does with a hard punch. Diaz misses on a high kick. Diaz peppers Shamrock with more jabs and Shamrock continues to back pedal. Diaz catches a kick from Shamrock and tosses him to the mat. He follows and takes side control. Easily to mount for Diaz. He's unloading on Shamrock, but getting most of the punches blocked. The round ends with Shamrock trying to reverse his way out. Good action and dramatics in that round. I score it for Diaz.
Round two: Leg kick from Diaz. Shamrock leans in with a right hand, but eats a punch. Diaz still talking, urging Shamrock to fight with him. Body shot from Shamrock. High kick from Diaz and Shamrock's home crowd start in with the Diaz chants. Nice right hand connects for Diaz. Another nice combo from Diaz and Frank is getting out boxed. Nice right hands from Shamrock. Diaz continues to walk forward and he continues to land punches. Nice right hand from Shamrock. Shamrock's nose is bleeding now as Diaz continues to pick him apart from the outside. Shamrock is back pedaling and eating numerous punches. Leg kick from Diaz. More right hands from Diaz and he has Shamrock against the fence now, landing kicks and punches. More flair from Diaz as he continues to taunt a bloody Shamrock. Shamrock is hurt now as Diaz continues to land punch after punch. Shamrock slowly falls to his back as a body shot crumbles him. Diaz continues the onslaught. Frank's trying to defend, but there's no escape. Big John steps in and Nick Diaz has won this fight.
Final result: Nick Diaz defeats Frank Shamrock via technical knockout (strikes) at 3:57 of round two
Gilbert Melendez vs. Rodrigo Damm
Round one: Gilbert takes the center of the cage. Damm circles away. Gilbert leans in with a few jabs and again Damm circles out. Melendez walks him down, grabs a kick, lands a big right hand and gets Damm to the mat. Melendez stands and slams Damm back to the mat trying to break his closed guard. Ground strikes from Melendez to the head and body now. Big shots to the ribs of Damm. Gilbert is doing a nice job controlling Damm in Damm's guard and he's scoring with the ground and pound from there. Big big shots from Gilbert and Damm tries to grab him to stop the onslaught. Damm's taking a lot of punishment from his back. Gilbert has moved t have guard now. He stands and is back in Damm's guard. Damm is backed against the fence with no where to go and Melendez continues to work the ground strikes. Damm gets full guard again but Melendez postures, stands and continues the ground and pound. The round ends with Gilbert pounding away with more strikes. A clear round for Melendez.
Round two: Melendez takes the center again and works the jab. Leg kick from Damm misses. Melendez shoots for a double leg takedown, but Damm defends with a nice sprawl. Gilbert again shoots for a takedown and he gets Damm's back. Damm circles out and gets back to his feet. Melendez walks him down and lands more jabs and then a big right hand. Another jab wobbles Damm a bit, but he fires back with a couple leg kicks. Melendez walks right through them and lands a nasty right hand that puts Damm on his butt and ends the fight. Damm is out cold.
Final result: Gilbert Melendez defeats Rodrigo Damm via knockout (punch) at 2:02 of round two<
Benji Radach vs. Scott Smith
Round one: Gloves touch and Smith leans out with a few jabs but eats a right hand. Radach takes the center and lands another big right hand. Smith with a right now and Radach circles out. Another jab from Radach and Smith charges with a body kick and a punch. High kick from Smith just misses. Another one gets blocked by a back pedaling Radach. Back to the center of the cage and Radach works the jab. Leg kick from Smith. Another. Radach charges and lands a big overhand right. Smith shakes it off and answers with a combo of his own. He charges with a kick and Radach backs into the fence and circles out. Leg kick from Radach. Smith's mouth is bleeding now. He misses with a leg kick. Big left hook gets blocked from Radach. Smith backs him against the fence and hurts him with a big right hand. Smith flurries to try and get the finish, but Radach comes right back with a big left hand of his own that sends Smith to the mat. Smitt struggles to get it together, but finally gets back to his feet. He looks wobbly and they clinch. Radach gets the takedown and the round ends with Radach pounding away with ground strikes. Great round. Radach probably took it at the end.
Round two: Smith comes out swinging and Radach initiates a clinch after looking for a takedown. Smith puts Radach's back on the fence and tries for a takedown of his own, but is unsuccessful. They separate and Radach works more jabs. Leg kick from Smith. Nice exchange with both fighters landing punches. Radach continues to work the jab, right and left hands. Radach leans in and eats a hard right hand from Smith. Hard, solid left hook lands clean from Radach and Smith gets wobbly again. He smells blood and tries to end the fight with more strikes. Somehow Smith clinches and gathers himself. Radach attempts a guillotine, but again, somehow a bloodied up, half knocked out Smith escapes. Smith tries to hold on to Radach's leg against the fence and Herb Dean steps in to separate them. Smith looks tired and Radach lands another jab. Smith looks to be recovered now, but Radach continues to out box him with stiff jabs and combos. Another round for Radach there.
Round three: Radach with more jabs again right away. Nice one two combo from Radach finds a home. More stiff jabs from Radach, but Smith keeps coming forward. Smith lands a hard right hand and Radach definitely felt that. He tries to recover by shooting for a takedown. He picks Smith up and slams him to the mat. Radach is looking for another guillotine choke, but Smith is defending from one knee. Radach lands a few knees and Herb Dean stands them up. Smith coming forward with a combination that lands nw. Radach is backing up and Smith lands a head kick. Hard left hand from Radach now and they're exchanging bit punches with both guys landing big shots. They separate and Smith keeps coming forward. More exchanges as Radach backs up. Smith, still walking forward, lands a huge right hand that floors Radach, knocking him out and ending the fight. He was probably behind on the scorecards going into that third round and he clearly knew what he had to do. Absolutely amazing fight.
Final result: Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith defeats Benji "Razor" Radach via knockout (punch) at 3:24 of round three
Hitomi Akano vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos
Round one: Gloves touch and Cyborg walks right forward and starts pouring it on right away. Akano tries to fight her way out, but gets slammed to her back by Santos. Akano gets full guard and closes it up right away. Cyborg works some strikes from the top then decides to stand. She breaks Akano's guard and makes her stand up. Cyborg starts stalking, grabs a kick and lands a few punches before tossing Akano back to the mat. She allows her to get up and starts chasing her down again. Finally Akano steps forward and Cyborg slams her back to the mat. She lets her back up and flurries to end the round. Clear round for Cyborg. Both women look tired too.
Round two: Cyborg starts forward again, stalking Akano. She eats a few leg kick, but walks right through them. Big punches from Cyborg and Akano's back on her back. Santos lets her up and immediately starts stalking Akano. Akano backs into the cage and Cyborg lands a few big strikes before Akano escapes. Clinch now for Cyborg with big knees and punches. Akano attmepts a flying armbar and pulls guard in the process. She closes her guard up, but is eating hard ground strikes from Santos. Cyborg pushes her against the fence and stands, landing more big shots. The round ends with Cyborg landing more punches from side mount. Another big round for Cyborg.
Round three: Cyborg with a kick. Akano lazily tries to get an ankle and misses by a mile. The crowd boos the half ass attempt and she stands. Cyborg walks her down and unloads with a big combination that finally drops her opponent for good.
Final result: Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos defeats Hitomi Akano via knockout (strikes) at 0:35 of round three
Ron Humphrey vs. Brett Rogers
Round one: Gloves touch and we're underway. Abongo leans in with a few punches, but Grim shakes them off. A brief clinch and Rogers blocks a high kick from Abongo. Grim brushes it off and takes the center of the cage. Abongo leans in and eats a big uppercut from Grim. Clinched again and Abongo is looking for the takedown. Rogers defends nicely and they seperate. Big right hand from Grim and they're back in the clinch. Knees now from Rogers and he punches out of the clinch. He leans in for another combo and slips on the mat. Abongo tries to capitalize, but Rogers gets back to his feet. From the clinch Grim lands a big kick. More kicks from Rogers and he grabs for another Muay Thai clinch. Herb Dean steps in and warms Rogers not to grab the hair and the actions gets stopped for a second. Back in action Rogers in landing big punches, but Herb Dean steps in again for "hair pulling" and this time he takes a point from Grim. Abongo takes some time to rest, and finally we get back underway. Nice jab from Rogers leads to a clinch. Grim pushes Abongo's back to the fence and works big uppercuts and punches to end the round. With the point deduction that round was a wash.
Round two: Rogers charges in at Abongo, lands a punch and goes right into a clinch. Abongo tries for a single leg takedown from there, but Grim knees is way out. Rogers wins a few more exchanges before going back to a Muay Thai style clinch, where he starts wearing out Abongo with punches and knees. One big knee after another from Rogers and Abongo finally goes down. Dominating win for Brett Rogers.
Final result: Brett "The Grim" Rogers defeats Ron "Abongo" Humphrey via technical knockout (strikes) at 1:38 of round two