EliteXC and Strikeforce on Tuesday officially announced that Frank Shamrock will defend his Strikeforce middleweight title against Cung Le on a March 29 event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., co-promoted by the two organizations.
“As a martial arts promoter for 25 years and as a promoter of both of these fighters, I’ve been watching the rivalry between Frank and Cung build for quite some time,” said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. “So it’s great to see this matchup finally come to fruition.”
“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.”
Shamrock won the championship by defeating Phil Baroni at the first event co-promoted by Stirkeforce and EliteXC in June of 2007.
“People have been wondering when I’d take the next step in the cage and fight an established superstar and world champion,” said Le, who has built his mixed martial arts record to a perfect 5-0. “Well, here it is. The fans are in for a great fight.”
The five-round championship bout will be the main event on a Showtime telecast that begins live at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).