Frank Shamrock (23-10-2) watched live from the Chesapeake Energy Arena as many saw Strikeforce put on their final show. Like several others, Shamrock was upset to see Strikeforce end after being there from the beginning.
“I’m sad,” said Shamrock to MMA Fighting. “Fighting’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. With Scott [Coker], we created magic with Showtime. I watched all these guys grow up.”
On the debut Strikeforce show in 2006, Shamrock competed in the main event against Cesar Gracie (0-1). He needed only 20 seconds to win via knockout. He would compete three more times for the promotion going 2-2 before retiring in 2009 after a loss to Nick Diaz (26-8-1 NC).
As for the final show, Shamrock wasn’t overly impressed but pointed to the main event as what Strikeforce represented. The final fight saw Tarec Saffiedine defeat Nate Marquardt to win the Strikeforce welterweight championship and become the promotion’s last fighter to hold that title.
“Some of the fights could have been more competitive, but the main event said it all,” said Shamrock. “A young kid comes from another country and did the impossible. That’s what Strikeforce was. We did the impossible.”