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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
A fight that makes sense: Shamrock-Miletich

Pat Miletich
It isn't what it might have been, but Pat Miletich knows the value of a Frank Shamrock fight.

Combat sports always have had the sadistic business sense to feed graying talent to younger, faster, better stars -- a torch-passing at which the losing party gets third-degree burns in the process. It's cruel, it's ugly and it never makes anyone feel too good.

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It's therefore encouraging to hear that Strikeforce wants to slot Pat Miletich against a slightly gimpy Frank Shamrock. (This opposed to either guy facing a 20-year-old who craps concrete.) Miletich told that he has agreed to the fight, proposed to take place before the summer, but Shamrock is sitting on his hands.

"Frank Shamrock and I have verbally agreed to fight each other, but from what I understand he's being difficult in the negotiations," Miletich said.

Like Saturday's Mark Coleman-Randy Couture headliner, which has roots in the late 1990s, Shamrock-Miletich was flirted with before Shamrock took to cleaning up dog deposits with Semaphore Entertainment Group's lowball offers. It's a few years too late, as most of the good fights usually are, but so what? There are at least a dozen fights in this genre to be made that feature charismatic athletes who can talk enough game to interest people despite the matches' title irrelevance, with Don Frye-Ken Shamrock from 2002 being the model example. Shamrock is 37, Miletich is 41, and plenty of fans are old enough to care.