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Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz is scheduled to be held in San Jose, California on April 11, 2009, at the HP Pavilion. It is the first even promoted by Strikeforce after their acquisition of assets from the defunct EliteXC promotion through their parent company ProElite. The event will air live at 10pm (EST) on the Showtime cable network and online through Strikeforce All Access. Commentating during the broadcast will be Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranallo and Pat Miletich.
Gilbert Melendez was orginally scheduled to fight Josh Thompson before Thompson broke his leg while sparring. Rodrigo Damm was then brought in as a replacement.
Frank Shamrock (180) vs. Nick Diaz (180)
Cristiane Santos (150.5)* vs. Hitomi Akano (143.5)
Benji Radach (184) vs. Scott Smith (184)
Gilbert Melendez (154) vs. Rodrigo Damm (154.5)
Brett Rogers (262) vs. Ron Humphrey (239)
Luke Rockhold (186) vs. Buck Meredith (185)
Eric Lawson (186) vs. Waylon Kennell (185.5)
Raul Castillo (183) vs. Brandon Michaels (187.5)**
Zak Bucia (170) vs. James Terry (170)
Jeremy Tavares (134.5) vs. Shingo Kohara (136)
* After originally weighing in at 162 pounds, Santos originally had until 8 p.m. PST to make 149.5 pounds, but the bout was sanctioned at 6:30 p.m. PST when Santos made 150.5 pounds at her second weigh-in attempt.
** Castillo and Michaels will fight at a catch-weight of 187.5 pounds.