Strikeforce Formally Announces Shamrock-Le

Frank Shamrock interviews Cung Le after his win over Sam Morgan at Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives. Photo by Jon Swenson.

Strikeforce and Elite Xtreme Combat have formally announced that former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and undefeated former kickboxer Cung Le will finally meet in a middleweight bout that will headline a co-promoted event titled “Shamrock vs Cung Le”, which take place on March 29th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

“This is absolutely a tremendous fight and an extremely dangerous fight for both fighters, but one I know they have wanted and the fans have been waiting for and can’t wait to see,’’’ EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw said. “I can’t wait to see it either. Shamrock is a true MMA legend, but Cung Le is one of the very best fighters around, and this is his chance to prove that to the world.”

Since returning to active competition, Shamrock has submitted Phil Baroni and knocked out Cesar Gracie. His lone loss since that time came last February when he was disqualified for illegally kneeing Renzo Gracie while he was on the ground in their bout.

Le, a San-Shou expert and former K-1 kickboxer, is undefeated thus far in his mixed martial arts career. His last fight was a win over former UFC middleweight Sam Morgan in November.

There’s no doubt that the weeks leading up to this fight are going to be filled with storylines. Frank Shamrock can sell a fight. Period. The pre-fight trash talking is going to begin the second after this fight is officially announced and it’s going to be fun to follow.

Guess what? The trash talking has already started.

“Being No. 2 isn’t such a bad thing so Cung has nothing to be ashamed of,” cracked the ever-entertaining Shamrock. “But there’s a big difference between being No. 1 and No. 2. Le will find that out soon enough. This is a fight that has been building for years. This is where we both grew up, where we both found our paths in life as martial artists and champions of combat. It was inevitable that we would one day face each other here. I’m excited it’s finally happening.’’

A lightweight title bout between champion Gilbert Melendez and top contender Josh Thomson was also slated to take place at the event but now may be canceled according to Sherdog’s Josh Gross, who is reporting that Thomson will undergo surgery on an injured shoulder later this week.

Tickets for the event go on sale this Saturday at 1 PM EST.


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