Strikeforce has put together an interesting headliner fight between Frank Shamrock and Nick Diaz for their first show since buying out all the worthwhile organs from ProElite’s corpse. One of the only guys who probably isn’t massively pumped for this tilt is Frank Shamrock himself, who looks at every fight from the point of view of how many zeros the paycheck has attached. While Nick Diaz is a great opponent and the trash talk between these two should be epic, Nick isn’t exactly a mainstream draw. So who would Frank like to fight next? Tito Ortiz.
“I think I’d be up for Tito just because I think there’s a time limit on that match,” said Shamrock. “Both with Tito’s fame and his body, and also for me. I love Cung, he’s a great guy, but frankly I made nothing on the pay-per-view, and financially it wasn’t a big money maker. He doesn’t have the personality that gets over, he’s just a difficult guy to promote. He looks like a great guy.”
The time factor is the biggest reason Shamrock feels that a rematch against Ortiz makes more sense if it gets put together, but he doesn’t deny that having a fighter who will promote the fight the way Ortiz can makes a big difference on the back end when it comes to money and fan fare.
“We’re in the business of sports entertainment and we’re all entertainers. We just happen to fight,” Shamrock stated. “If you’re not entertaining both in the fight and leading up to the fight, you’re not a good entertainer, and there’s a lot of fighters we have that are not good entertainers. Unfortunately, Cung falls into that category.”
Of course, Tito would still have to sign with Strikeforce, which seems unlikely to me since he asks for so much money that even Affliction said “Holy fuck, that’s insane!” Plus I have to wonder how much draw another Shamrock / Ortiz fight would really be … the ‘brand’ was tainted after Ken took his last two beatings from Ortiz back in 2006. Sure, sure, it’s a different Shamrock. But will mainstream dopes really ‘get’ that?