Thursday, March 20, 2008

Elite XC/Strikeforce March 29th

This card has been changing over the past few days and weeks. As it stands now, Shields is definately out, and Nick Diaz is out as well.

Frank Shamrock (24-8) vs. Cung Le (5-0)- This bout for the Strikeforce MW belt and has the makings of a stand-up war. Shamrock coming off a KO win over Phil Baroni is mostly known as a submission fighter. However, Shamrock stated that he will stand and trade with Cung Le. Cung has been unstoppable on his feet using an unorthodox and relentless style of kicks, punches and takedowns. Right now the MMA Blaster poll slightly favors Cung Le in this fight.

Drew Fickett (32-5) vs Jae Suk Lim (9-3)- Lim was originally to fight Nick Diaz (15-7), but he had to withdraw due to not turning in required documents to CSAC. Fickett was originally slated to face Jake Shields for the WW Belt, but he withdrew due to injury. Lim won his only Elite XC fight, and is (2-1) in his last three fights losing to Steve Bruno (11-3). Fickett has won his last three fights.

Gilbert Melendez (13-1) vs. Gabe Lemley (11-6)- Strikeforce LW Champ Melendez will look to rebound from his decision defeat to Mitsuhiro Ishida (16-3) in Dream. Lemley has fought mainly for the Extreme Challenge organization out of Iowa. He has won his last five fights.

Mike Kyle (9-6) vs Wayne Cole (10-6)- UFC vet Mike Kyle hasn't fought since his suspension in 2006. Wayne Cole fought twice for the IFL, and has won his past two fights.

Joey Villasenor (24-6) vs. Ryan Jensen (11-3)- Villasenor has gone (3-3) in his past six fights, (2-1) in Elite XC/Strikeforce. Jensen was on a 6 fight win streak before dropping his last two bouts in the UFC.

Non-Televised Fights

Tiki Ghosn vs. Luke Stewart
Jesse Jones vs. Jesse Gillespie
Darren Uyenoyama vs. Anthony Figueroa

photo of Cung Le throwing a kick pre-MMA

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