MMA legend and former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and foul-mouthed, trash-talking, knockout-artist Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni clash for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight (185-pound) championship in the main event of a spectacular MMA cage fight card on Friday, June 22, at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif.
If Baroni can fight half as tough as he talks, Shamrock could be in for a long night.
In a second world title fight on a Strikeforce-EliteXC cage fight card that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME® PPV (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), Joey “Dream Smasher” Villasenor and Murilo “Ninja” Rua will clash for the vacant EliteXC middleweight title.
Other scheduled PPV fights include: EliteXC’s Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett vs. Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela, lightweights; Strikeforce’s Cung Le vs. Tony “The Freak” Fryklund, middleweights and Carter “The Beast” Williams vs. Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello, heavyweights.
Before the PPV telecast, six exciting undercard fights will be streamed live at ProElite.com, a respected, rapidly growing Internet destination for the MMA community. First fight is at 7:40 p.m.
Please be aware before opening this post that it contains a good amount of foul language…
Superpowers will go head to head when K-1 and UFC veteran and Strikeforce fan favorite, Duane “Bang” Ludwig, faces EliteXC’s British Cage Rage champion, Paul “Semtex” Daley, in a 170-pound limit matchup during “Shamrock vs. Baroni,” live on June 22, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
The matchup between Ludwig and Daley will be shown to viewers should there be a sufficient amount of time on the telecast following completion of three of the six scheduled Pay-Per-View card fights.
“It will be a tough fight for sure,” said the 28-year-old Ludwig of Denver, Colorado, also the reigning International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) World Junior Middleweight (154 lb. limit) Muay Thai Champion. “Both of us bring an action-packed fighting style to the cage so we match up in the crowd’s favor. It will probably be the fight of the night.”
NEW YORK - After months of deliberations, one of the most anticipated showdowns in mixed martial arts history will finally come to fruition when former UFC middleweight champion, Frank Shamrock, battles fellow knockout artist and consummate showman, “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni, for the vacant Strikeforce world middleweight (185 lb. limit) championship during the main event of “Judgment Day,” a live, Pay Per View televised Strikeforce-EliteXC cage fight card that will take place at San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion on Friday, June 22nd.
Also returning to action during “Judgment Day,” undefeated world San Shou kickboxing champion and middleweight mixed martial arts contender, Cung Le, will battle UFC veteran, Tony “The Freak” Fryklund. Strikeforce’s latest recruit, 2003 K-1 North America tournament champion, Carter Williams, will face the hard-hitting Paul Buentello in a heavyweight matchup. Off the heels of his stunning knockout victory over KJ Noons, Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett, will take on Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela.
Joey Villasenor and former Pride star, Murilo “Ninja” Rua, will lock horns with the vacant EliteXC middleweight title at stake. On February 10th, Villasenor pulled off a stunning upset by outmaneuvering and, eventually earning a unanimous judges’ decision over David “The Crow” Loiseau. Villasenor’s career is highlighted by a 15 fight winning streak that he put together between December 2002 and April 2006. A member of the famed Chute Boxe fight squad in Brazil, Rua was last seen in action on September 30th when he submitted British kickboxer, Mark Weir, with an arm triangle choke in the second round of their meeting.
News and Notes
- PRIDE USA President Ed Fishman has expressed that he is currently doing everything possible to purchase the PRIDE organization. Fishman feels that the only two people in the running for the organization are the UFC and him.
- Strikeforce and EliteXC have reached a deal which will allow them to co-promote cards on Showtime. Showtime will do a joint broadcast in April when Frank Shamrock and Phil Baroni fight in Strikeforce.
- Tito Ortiz will guest star in NUMB3RS Friday, Feb. 16 on CBS.
- Andrei Arlovski is expected to fight on UFC 70 against Jim York. Mirko Filipovic will also be on the card.
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And what did McCarthy glean from the dangerous kickboxer’s performance Saturday night?
“The Octagon is a bigger surface area,” says McCarthy. “I think Mirko was using the same footwork he’s always used and that caused some problems for him when he tried to cut Sanchez off.”
The motivation to improve appears to be there. Before leaving for his 18-hour journey back to his homeland, Filipovic asked McCarthy for a recommendation to import a cage to him there.
Here are the full results from Strikeforce: Triple Threat.
- Raul Castillo def. Andrew Montanez - TKO (Strikes)
- Anthony Figueroa def. David Barrios - Decision (Unanimous)
- Scott Graham def. Drew Dimanlig - Decision (Unanimous)
- David Smith def. Sean Bassett - TKO (Strikes)
- Rex Richards def. Kyle Levinton - Submission (Kimura)
- Daniel Puder def. Mike Cook - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Paul Buentello def. Ruben Villareal - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
- Eugene Jackson def. Ronald Jhun - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Duane Ludwig def. Tony Fryklund - TKO (Knee)
- Bobby Southworth def. Vernon White - Decision (Unanimous)
- Gina Carano def. Elaina Maxwell - Decision (Unanimous)
- Josh Thomson def. Nam Phan - Decision (Unanimous)
- Cung Le def. Jason Von Flue - TKO (Cut)
Here are the weigh-in results for tonight’s Strikeforce: Triple Threat event. All fighters made weight…
Jason Von Flue - 180 lbs
Cung Le - 182 lbs
Nam Pham - 154 1/2 lbs
Josh Thomson - 155 12/ lbs
Gina Carano - 150 lbs
Elaina Maxwell - 151 lbs
Vernon ‘Tiger’ White - 205 lbs
Bobby Southworth - 203 lbs
Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig - 170 lbs
Tony Fryklund - 170 lbs
Ronald Jhun - 185 lbs
Eugene Jackson - 185 lbs
Paul Buentello - 255 1/2 lbs
Ruben ‘Warpath’ Villareal- 255 1/2 lbs
Mike Cook - 230 lbs
Daniel Puder - 226 lbs
Kyle Leviton - 273 lbs
Rex Richards - 317 lbs
David Smith - 154 lbs
Sean Basset - 154 lbs
Scott Graham - 194 lbs
Drew Dimanlig - 192 lbs
David Barrios - 131 lbs
Anthony Figueroa - 127 lbs
After having his scheduled fight against James Thompson cancelled at the last minute, Paul Buentello will now face Ruben “Warpath” Villareal this Friday night at Strikeforce: Triple Threat.
Here is what the updated card looks like for this weekend’s event…
Bobby Southworth vs Vernon White - Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight Championship
Eugene Jackson vs Ronald Jhun - Strikeforce US Middleweight Championship
Josh Thomson vs Nam Phan - Strikeforce US Lightweight Championship
Rex Richards vs Kyle Leviton
Daniel Puder vs Mike Cook
Paul Buentello vs Ruben Villareal
Duane Ludwig vs Tony Fryklund
Cung Le vs Jason Von Flue
Elaina Maxwell vs Gina Carano
Raul Castillo vs Jeff Quinlan
Anthony Figueroa vs David Barrios
Scott Graham vs Drew Dimanlig
Sean Basset vs David Smith
NEW YORK - In what is shaping up to be a star-studded affair, knockout artist Duane “Bang” Ludwig will attempt to rebound from his recent defeat when he squares off with fellow Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran, Tony “The Freak” Fryklund, during Strikeforce’s “Triple Threat” world championship mixed martial arts fight card that will be presented by BodogFIGHT at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Friday, December 8th.
Strikeforce Fighting Championship has announced that undefeated world San Shou kickboxing champion, Cung Le will face off against UFC veteran Jason “Livewire” Von Flue on the upcoming Strikeforce: Triple Threat card.
Cung Le currently sports a mixed martial arts record of 2-0 with both of his victories coming by TKO/KO in Strikeforce.
Jason Von Flue is coming off of a win over Eric Wray at the lastest Strikeforce show. He is currently 12-6-1 with the majority of his victories coming by submission.
Bobby Southworth and Vernon White will battle for the vacant Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight Championship on December 8th.
For Vernon White, this opportunity is just another chance to enjoy success in a major MMA promotion…
“It’s gonna be an honor for me to take this title and come home with it,” said the 35-year-old White, a 13-year veteran of the professional fight game who has seen action in every major mixed martial arts organization from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to Japan’s K-1 and Pride Fighting Championship. “It means a lot to me. I’ve held titles in three other organizations and I want another one.”
There seems to be some bad blood coming into this contest. Apparently Fram Shamrock has said some disrespectful things about his own brother, Ken Shamrock, creator of The Lion’s Den in which White helped Shamrock develop into one of the top fight teams of the 1990’s.
Southworth trains with the American Kickboxing Academy, a team that Frank Shamrock also used to train with.
“Frank has said some disparaging remarks about Ken and it’s not right,” explained Tiger. “I know that (Bobby) used to train with Frank, so that, in itself, makes me want to go out there and bury him because I know he thinks he’s got submission skills.”
Southworth has been regarded by many to owning the talent necessary to hold a championship but always falling short. He gets the chance to prove the critics wrong at Strikeforce: Triple Threat…