by Ken Pishna and Jeff Cain, MMAWeekly.com
Frank Shamrock, in defense of his Strikeforce middleweight championship a week ago, gave fans exactly what they wanted, other than a victory. He stood and went toe-to-toe, blow-for-blow with San Shou champion Cung Le. Unfortunately for him, Shamrock not only lost his title, but the use of his right forearm for the near future.
Blocking several of Le’s powerful kicks with his forearms, Shamrock had to block one too many and ended up suffering a broken right ulna. It was evident near the end of the third round, when Le threw a left head kick that Shamrock obviously had time to put his arm up to block, but instead opted to brace himself and move into the kick. Not the optimum defense for kicks as powerful as Le’s.
The injury required six screws and a metal plate to repair. It will keep him out of action for upwards of eight months, depending on how his body heals up.
He is not deterred though. Shamrock’s camp told MMAWeekly.com that he does plan to fight again, although the plate will have to be removed before he can re-enter the ring.