Tickets for “Judgment Day,” the June 22nd Strikeforce-EliteXC co-produced mixed martial arts mega-card featuring the long-awaited showdown between former UFC middleweight champion, Frank Shamrock, and fellow knockout artist “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni, go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM Pacific Time.
Ticket prices for the 12-bout card, which will be televised live on Pay Per View, start at $30 and will be available for purchase at Ticketmaster and Ticketmaster Online (www.ticketmaster.com) as well as at the box office of San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion, the arena where the event will be staged.
At stake during the confrontation between Shamrock and Baroni will be the vacant Strikeforce world middleweight (185 lb. limit) championship.
In other “Judgment Day” action, undefeated world San Shou kickboxing champion and middleweight mixed martial arts contender, Cung Le, will make his fourth career mixed martial arts start against Tony “The Freak” Fryklund.
Former K-1 North America tournament champion, Carter “The Beast” Williams, will return to the cage to face another heavy-handed kickboxer in Paul Buentello. The 27-year-old Williams of Modesto, California became an overnight star on May 2, 2003 when, as an 18 to 1 underdog, he defeated three consecutive opponents, including six-time world kickboxing champion, Rick “The Jet” Roufus, and Michael “The Black Sniper” McDonald, to capture North America’s most coveted stand-up fighting crown.
Buentello, a former UFC heavyweight championship challenger, made quick work of Ruben “Warpath” Villareal, during Strikeforce’s December 8th card at the HP Pavilion, stopping Villareal with a flurry of blows in the second round of their matchup. During first-ever mixed martial arts fight card at Fresno, California’s Save Mart Center on October 7th, Buentello flattened David “Tank” Abbott in just 43 seconds of the main event of the Strikeforce-promoted affair.
EliteXC’s vacant middleweight crown will be up for grabs when Joey “Dream Smasher” Villasenor takes on former Pride star, Murilo “Ninja” Rua. On February 10th, Villasenor pulled off a stunning upset by outmaneuvering and, eventually earning a unanimous judges’ decision over David “The Crow” Loiseau. Villasenor’s career is highlighted by a 15 fight-winning streak that he put together between December 2002 and April 2006. A member of the famed Chute Boxe fight squad in Brazil, Rua was last seen in action on September 30th when he submitted British kickboxer, Mark Weir, with an arm triangle choke in the second round of their meeting.
Off the heels of his stunning knockout victory over KJ Noons, Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett, will take on Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela.