Strikeforce sent out a press release today announcing this bout that will be added to an already solid card. Diaz is coming off an impressive victory over MMA legend Frank Shamrock and Smith is also coming off a victory over Benji Radach in a fight that is on many FOTY lists. The bout will go off at a special weight of 180 pounds and will air live on Showtime.
Diaz on the Fight
“I think this is a great fight for me, but I really hate that (Smith) brings his kids to every one of his fights because now I’m going to be made out to be the bad guy or some sort of villain after I beat him up. At the end of the day, I’m going to do what I have to do though and take him out.”
“I usually take a few weeks off, get out of shape and go up to about 210 pounds and wind up spending a few weeks just getting back in shape, but I decided I wasn’t going to do that this time. I’m 195 pounds right now and I feel great. Diaz is a great fighter. He’s going to come in there and out grapple me and out strike me so what I have to do is go in there and beat him up. I actually think this is more of a dangerous fight for him than it is for me
This is certainly a match-up that has “Fight for the Ages” written all over it, but only if Diaz chooses to keep it standing. I think we can all agree that Diaz has a significant advantage over “Hands of Steel” on the ground.