Former EliteXC lightweight top contender Nick Diaz will be taking on former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock as the featured bout on Strikeforce’s April 11th event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. They will meet each other at a catch weight of 179 pounds. Diaz has fought as high as the 170-pound division in years past.
Shamrock confirmed the bout on today’s joint conference call hosted by Showtime and Strikeforce.
This will mark Shamrock’s first bout since losing his Strikeforce middleweight title to Cung Le last March. Shamrock sustained a broken arm while checking one of Le’s deadly high kicks and was forced to concede the fight as he was unable to make the call to start the 4thRound.
Shamrock received medical clearance to fight again last fall, however has chosen not to compete since the loss.
Diaz has primarily been competing in the lightweight division for the past few years, however has stated in the past that if the right opportunity presented itself, he would have no issues moving up in weight to accept the challenge.
He is currently riding a three-fight winning streak, with his most recent coming via TKO against Thomas Denny last July.