Bay Area rivals Frank Shamrock and undefeated Cung Le finally face off in the cage for Shamrock's Strikeforce middleweight title during the eagerly anticipated EliteXC-Strikeforce co-promoted mixed martial arts extravaganza tonight, March 29, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

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SHAMROCK VS. LE


PREFIGHT
Cung Le comes out first. He looks extremely confident as he marches towards the cage. Frank Shamrock comes out next to a mixed chorus of cheers and boos. He makes a slow stroll to the cage as he carries the belt with him. The crowd sounds split down the middle as boos and cheers can be heard for both fighters during their introductions. Le looks away during the staredown.

ROUND 1
Quick leg kick from Le is blocked by Shamrock. Now a left leg kick lands for Le. He tries a spinning kick and Shamrock grabs him. They separate. They trade leg kicks. HARD right leg kick lands for Shamrock. BIG right hand lands for Le upstairs. Right sidekick lands for Le. Left leg kick lands for Le. Crescent kick lands for Le. Right hook to the back of Shamrock's head lands for Le. Another right sidekick lands for Le. Right hand lands for Shamrock, but then he eats a left kick from Le. Le slaps with a quick 1-2 upstairs. Shamrock lands a right kick, but then he eats a left leg kick and a right hand from Le. Spinning back kick from Le, but then Shamrock lands a left that drops him. Le gets back up quickly. Left hand lands for Shamrock upstairs. Left kick and spinning backfist from Le just grazes Shamrock. Right sidekick lands for Le. Both men smile at each other. Shamrock lands two right hands at the end of the round and then mocks Le with the "go to sleep" sign. Good technical round, but Le wins it for landing the more impressive shots.

Le 10 Shamrock 9

ROUND 2

Right kick lands for Shamrock to start the round. HARD right hand down the pipe lands for Shamrock. Le lands a right roundhouse kick and Shamrock's mouthpiece comes flying out. Straight left lands for Le. Shamrock lands a right kick. Left kick from Shamrock is caught by Le and Le pushes him to the ground. Shamrock invites him down from his back, but Le wants nothing of it and lets him up. Right hook lands for Le. Sidekick lands for Le. Shamrock trying to walk him down as he presses forward. HARD counter right hand lands for Shamrock and he begins to laugh. Left kick lands for Le to the body. HARD right sidekick lands for Le. WOOOOOOOOOOOOO...HUGE right hand from Le lands upstairs and wobbles Shamrock. Shamrock smiles and they touch gloves. The action resumes. Right sidekick lands for Le. Front kick lands for Le. Left sidekick lands for Le as Shamrock continues to just try and walk him down while Le racks up the points. Round to Le.

Le 20 Shamrock 18

ROUND 3

Left high kick from Le is blocked, but the second right one lands clean. Left kick lands to the head for Le. Right sidekick lands for Le. Shamrock lands a right hand to the body. Left kick lands for Le. Shamrock continues to just stalk. Right sidekick lands for Le. HARD left kick lands for Le. Left hand to the body lands for Le. Right kick and a HUGE spinning backfist lands for Le. Le sweeps the leg with a low kick and Shamrock drops to the ground. Le lets him up and they touch gloves again. Right hook lands for Le. Left leg kick lands upstairs for Le. Shamrock lands a front kick. Two sidekicks land for Le. WOOOOOOOOOOO....BIG right hand down the pipe lands for Shamrock and Le is hurt. Shamrock jumps on him and lets his hands go. Right hand lands for Shamrock again. Le willing to trade. Shamrock backs him up to the cage and lands some nice elbows. Le is hurt, but he's still fighting back and lands a spinning backfist. Another BIG right hand lands for Shamrock followed by a knee. WOOOOOOOOOO....HUGE left kick lands for Le and now Shamrock is rocked. They trade along the cage. Another left kick lands for Le. Wow. Great round. Very close round. Shamrock can't even sit on his stool as he collapses to the canvas. Round to Le.

THAT'S IT. THE FIGHT'S OVER. SHAMROCK IS UNABLE TO ANSWER THE BELL.

Shamrock apparently has suffered an arm injury.

THE WINNER BY WAY OF TKO...AND THE NEW STRIKEFORCE MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION...CUNG LE

POSTFIGHT
"I guess he did keep his word and thank you Frank for the opportunity...it was just my night...all the fans of MMA, thank you for accepting me...I left everything in the cage for you...I love you guys," an excited Cung Le stated after his victory. "This is a dream come true, coming from Vietnam under gunfire and now a world champion," he continued. Former champion Frank Shamrock remarked, "Cung Le broke my right arm with a kick...I could feel the bones clicking...anyone who says Cung Le doesn't know submissions, he put one on my arm tonight."

"Every time I kicked, I kicked through him," Le ended as the crowd cheered in appreciation.