Former UFC champion, Pat Miletich (29-7-2) talked to FiveOuncesofPain about a potential fight against yet another MMA legend, in Frank Shamrock (35-10-2). He says the bout has been agreed on, but there is still a hold up on Frank's side of negotiations:
We were hoping to put together a fight in March, but now it looks like that may not happen. We might have to wait for April or May. Who knows if it will ever happen. Frank Shamrock and I have verbally agreed to fight each other, but from what I understand he’s being difficult in the negotiations. For whatever reason he may have, I think it’s too bad because I think it’s the type of fight that would draw a lot of attention. It would be two guys that were UFC champions and have done a lot for that organization, and now they’re involved with Strikeforce. I think it just made sense. But for whatever reason I think he’s having trouble pulling the trigger. He may be nervous about getting slapped around, but that’s the way it sits right now. Hopefully I can find someone else to fight if he doesn’t want to do it. I want to get in there before Summer.
I think he knows what is most likely going to happen. We’ve rolled before so I have a sense for what he’s got. Obviously I’ve watched him fight for years and he’s a talented guy, but I don’t think he has anything to hurt me with. Maybe he knows that.
He definitely doesn’t have the power to hurt me, he’s not going to submit me, he can’t out-box me, and he definitely can’t take me down. Maybe he’ll pull off something like he did in the Renzo Gracie fight so he can get out alive. Who knows.
I would prefer to fight at 170 pounds, but I’d fight Frank anywhere. I don’t care what the weight is. It doesn’t matter. But I think I’d like to try to snag something from somebody at 170 pounds. I look at the 170 pound rankings and I see a lot of guys that I can beat.
The two were supposed to meet several years ago, when they were both champions in the UFC, but then Frank had some contractual issues and decided to leave the UFC. That 'superfight' never materialized, but after more than ten years, when Miletich is 41-years-old, and Shamrock is 37, the bout might still actually happen.
They still haven't finalized their contracts, but maybe this trash talk and 'rivalry' going public might just make Frank want to do it. Shamrock knows how to promote himself well, and I expect to hear him retaliate and ham it up for the cameras real soon.