That seems to be the prevalent attitude of the day:
One of the most unhappy spectators during the match was Tito Ortiz, the loser of Shamrock’s most legendary match, a UFC middleweight championship match ten years ago. Ortiz was hoping to avenge that loss in a ten-year anniversary of the match later this year.
“I felt like I was watching money disappear,” said Ortiz, who has not signed with Strikeforce.
(Ortiz appeared at the postfight news conference and turned his sights on Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral, giving him the nickname “Baba-Who?”)
Both Ortiz and Coker conceded any thoughts of a Shamrock vs. Ortiz rematch are out the window. While Shamrock talked of fighting again after it was over, it’s going to be tough for him to headline against the type of opponents that would be big-money matches after consecutive stoppage losses to Diaz and Cung Le, even with his promotional ability.
There’s still plenty of entertaining fights out the for him to take. Frank Trigg seemed like he was angling for a fight with Shamrock last week. Royce Gracie was hanging out at the Strikeforce press conference too. And I expect Tito Ortiz to do poorly enough that a rematch can still happen. Last but not least if Frank keeps losing he might eventually get to the point where a Ken Shamrock fight is competitive again! Hah, just kidding. One would hope Frank would retire before then.
At this point it’s time to lay to rest the idea that Frank is still able to keep up with the next generation. If he’s still got it, he hasn’t shown it in his last two fights. I used to think he dicked around and lost the Cung Le fight on purpose but after seeing him struggle with Nick, I’ve had to re-evaluate that assumption. There’s still a few great fights in Frank Shamrock, for sure. But his days as a champion are done now.