Fresh off their dramatic victories during Strikeforce’s “Shamrock vs. Diaz” event on April 11 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., Nick Diaz and Scott Smith will both be press into action again with less than two months recovery time in order to compete during the promotion’s next big event on Saturday, June 6 in St. Louis, MO.
As far as their opponents are concerned, Diaz and Smith will be fighting each other at what is believed to be a catchweight of 179 pounds.
Diaz won his fourth consecutive bout and improved to 19-7 following his dominant second round TKO over Shamrock, Strikeforce’s one-time middleweight champion. Once a title contender in EliteXC‘s 160 pound lightweight division, Diaz is now fighting at a heavier weight in light of the promotion ceasing its operations and his move to Strikeforce.
A native of Stockton, Calif., Diaz is the older brother of UFC lightweight Nate Diaz. Diaz himself also formerly competed in the UFC, compiling an impressive recored of 6-4 inside the Octagon with notable wins over Drew Fickett, Robbie Lawler, and Josh Neer.
The Cesar Gracie black belt made major headlines with his win over Shamrock, it was Smith who possibly earned unofficial “Fight of the Night” honors thanks to his dramatic comeback victory on Aprill 11 against former IFL standout Benji “Razor” Radach.
The former Steel Mill worker seemed on the verge of certain defeat until he turned the tide with a power shot that landed flush in the face of Radach and knocked him out at 3:24 of round 3. In addition to almost certainly being on the verge of losing via decision, it appeared at several points that Radach was on the verge of finishing Smith.
But true to form, Smith proved next to impossible to finish and continued to fight back. The win improved Smith’s record to 15-5 and served as his second consecutive victory since joining the Strikeforce prompotion. His first win under the Strikeforce banner took place on Nov. 21, 2008 during the promotion’s “Destruction” event. Facing former UFC veteran Terry Martin, Smith knocked out the one-time professional boxer with a punch just 24 seconds into their contest.
Diaz vs. Smith joins a strong lineup of fights scheduled for June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, with former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler set to headline against former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields. Two other reported bouts include a welterweight matchup between Phil Baroni vs. Joe Riggs and a light heavyweight matchup between Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Jared Hamman.