Shamrock’s pride took a hit at Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Diaz”
on Saturday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., but his bank
account emerged in far better shape.
The 36-year-old icon banked an event-high $369,790 after his
one-sided second-round stoppage defeat to Nick Diaz,
according to figures released on Tuesday by the California State
Athletic Commission. Shamrock earned almost 10 times as much as his
adversary, who pocketed $39,950, including a $10,000 win bonus.
The volatile Diaz finished Shamrock with a barrage of quick punches
along the cage after he dropped the former UFC champion and King of
Pancrase with a brutal body shot. Referee “Big” John McCarthy
implored Shamrock to defend himself, but the outspoken mixed
martial arts pioneer had nothing left to offer, and the bout was
halted 3:57 into round two.
Shamrock has dropped consecutive fights for the first time in more
than 12 years, leading many to question his place in the sport. The
25-year-old Diaz, meanwhile, has taken aim at Strikeforce
middleweight champion Cung Le, the man
who started Shamrock’s current downward spiral.
Other notable earners included UFC veteran Scott Smith,
who engaged and knocked out Benji Radach
in one of the more memorable fights of the last year. He banked
$49,940, including a $25,000 win bonus, in wake of his remarkable
comeback victory. Radach pocketed $16,940 for his efforts.
Finally, Strikeforce interim lightweight titleholder Gilbert
Melendez took home $49,890 after he smashed through Brazilian
jiu-jitsu black belt Rodrigo
Damm with second-round punches. A late replacement for injured
lightweight champion Josh
Thomson, Damm earned $9,190 in his Strikeforce debut.
The CSAC has not yet released attendance and gate figures for the