The Strikeforce ‘Lawler vs. Shields’ fight card is already taking shape with its most recent addition of Nick Diaz vs. Scott ‘Hands of Steel’ Smith. Diaz is coming off a huge win over former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock. He has won 4 consecutive bouts, all by way of TKO. The upcoming bout is set at a catchweight of 179 pounds.
Snip from Nick Diaz:
“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.”
Scott Smith is also coming into this bout after defeating the hard-hitting Benji ‘Razor’ Radach via KO in the third round. Smith acquired his second consecutive win after losing to Robbie Lawler back in July of 2008. The next bout against Diaz is expected to be a stand-up brawl just like most of his fights.
Snip from Scott Smith himself:
“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”
The action-packed fight card is scheduled to take place on June 6th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The event will be televised on Showtime and will headline a must-see bout between Jake Shields and Robbie ‘Ruthless’ Lawler. Also on the card is Phil ‘New York Bad Ass’ Baroni taking on Joe ‘Diesel’ Riggs as part of the televised portion.