The following is an excerpt from an article on the official Strikeforce website:
SHAMROCK SETS SIGHTS ON MIDDLEWEIGHT TOURNEY
November 15, 2007
Michael Afromowitz ([email protected])
While he won’t step in the cage Friday night for California’s first sanctioned mixed martial arts tournament, Strikeforce World Middleweight (185 lb. limit) Champion, Frank Shamrock, will be closely studying the action from cageside with the understanding that the winner of the four-man elimination event may very well be his next opponent.
“I’ll be paying attention to the fights, of course, but the truth is I’ll be happy to step in there with any one of these guys,” said Shamrock, who was crowned the first Strikeforce middleweight champion in history on June 22nd after he choked knockout artist, “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni, unconscious in the second round of their main event showdown during the first-ever SHOWTIME PPV mixed martial arts event. “Anyone who knows me knows that Frank Shamrock will step up and fight anyone, anytime. I’ve been in there with the best and I’ve beaten the best so, at the end of the day, this tournament will provide me with another option for my next fight.”
Of the talent lined up for battle in the tournament, Shamrock acknowledged that all are strong competitors, worthy of a place in the elimination contest and claimed that making a prediction about the outcome is difficult. “It’s a tough call, really. All I can say is may the best man win and I’ll be watching.”
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