March 23, 2006; New York, NYâ€¦. “Shamrock vs. Gracie,” California’s historic first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card that featured the long-awaited showdown between legendary middleweight champion, Frank Shamrock, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Cesar Gracie, and drew a record 18,265 fans to San Jose’s HP Pavilion on Friday, March 10th, is available for viewing online on Google Video (www.video.google.com).
For a fee of $4.99, fans can capture all of the action that took place in the cage during the fight card’s nine featured mixed martial arts bouts and revisit any of the footage for a period of 24 hours. For $9.99, Google Video, which accepts all major credit cards as means of payment, will allow the customer to assume ownership of the video.
In addition to the headlining matchup between Shamrock and Gracie, the star-studded fight card featured the highly-anticipated mixed martial arts debut of world San Shou kickboxing champion and four-time K-1 Superfight winner, Cung Le, who took on seasoned veteran Mike Altman. In the fight widely regarded as the contest of the night, top-ten 155 lb. contender, Josh “The Punk” Thomson, battled fellow former collegiate wrestling star, Clay “The Carpenter” Guida, for five heart-wrenching rounds with the vacant Strikeforce lightweight championship on the line.
Other featured bouts included those between undefeated lightweight prospect, Gilbert Melendez, and rugged brawler, Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento; World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) “Tough Enough” reality television show winner, Daniel Puder, and Jesse “The Ronin” Fujarcyk; heavyweight slugger, Mike “Mak” Kyle and Polish powerhouse, Krzysztof Soszynski; fan favorite, Eugene “The Wolf” Jackson and Mexico’s Jorge “The Naked Man” Ortiz; Brian Ebersole and Matt Horwich; and Crafton Wallace and Ray Routh.
For a limited time, the online pay-per-view video of the event is accessible on the Google Video homepage, www.video.google.com. After it is removed from the homepage, fans will still be able to access it by logging onto http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-421701830509075448 or by doing a search for “Shamrock vs. Gracie” using the search option located at the top of the homepage.
The “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event broke the all-time record for attendance at a mixed martial arts fight card in North America. The previous record was set on April 16, 2005 when superstars Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell squared off with one another at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. That event played host to 14,562 fans.
“Shamrock vs. Gracie” was co-promoted by leading martial arts fight production outfit, Strikeforce, and Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment (SVSE), a top producer of major sporting and entertainment events and the exclusive producer of such events for San Jose, California’s largest entertainment arena, the HP Pavilion. SVSE’s many properties include “Miller Lite Fight Night,” world championship boxing; the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks; and the annual ATP men’s professional tennis “SAP Open” event.