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“SHAMROCK VS. BARONI”
SAN JOSE, CALIF.
Sam Spengler vs. Seth Kleinbeck
RD1- Spengler forces the clinch along the fence. After a period of long inactivity they are broken up. Spengler goes for a takedown and Kleinbeck sprawls and throws small punches until the end of the round.
RD2- Spengler again charges in for a takedown and they clinch along the fence. Kleinbeck lands a shot to Spengler’s groin and the action is halted while he recovers. Restarted, Kleinbeck gets a takedown ans starts to unload punches on Spengler, who isn’t defending as Herb Dean steps in to stop the fight.
Seth Kleinbeck by TKO (Due to Strikes) at 2:55, Round 2
Chris Cariaso vs. Anthony Figueroa
Chris Cariaso def. Anthony Figueroa by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), 3 Rounds
Rex Richards vs. Ray Seraille
Rex Richards def. Ray Seraille by TKO (Due to Strikes) at 0:37, Round 1
Jason Von Flue vs. Luke Stewart
Luke Stewart def. Jason Von Flue by TKO (Due to Strikes) at 2:17, Round 3
Mike Pyle vs. Aaron Wetherspoon
RD1 – Wetherspoon landed some good shots, but Pyle came back strong with a takedown. Wetherspoon got back up and landed a couple of shots and was the aggressor throughout the first.
RD2 – Wetherspoon did more of the same in the 2nd landing shots and still being more aggressive.
RD3 – Traded on their feet, then Pyle took Wetherspoon down and worked his ground and pound attack through the rest of the round.
Mike Pyle def. Aaron Wetherspoon by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-27, 30-27), 3 Rounds
Nik Theotikos vs. Nick Covert
RD1 – The fighters came and circled, then clinched along the fence. Theotikos then separated and started unloading a series of punches that knocked out Covert. Paramedics in the ring looking over Covert.
Nik Theotikos def. Nick Covert by KO at 1:13, Round 1
Edson Berto vs. Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela
RD1 – Berto landed a couple of kicks to the body and then took Boxer down. Berto was stuck in butterfly guard for a few moments, then got up and dropped back into a heel hook to finish the fight.
Edson Berto def. Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuala by Submission (Heel Hook) at 0:47, Round 1
Carter Williams vs. Paul Buentello
RD1 – Both fighters came out swinging and surprisingly Williams took Buentello down, but Buentello got right back up. The rest of the round, they clinched up with Williams initiating the clinch. Buentello was landing knees and punches for the rest of the round, while Williams tried to get the fight back to the mat.
RD2 – Buentello started out quick, landing several upper cuts. Williams went down, Buentello followed him and landed another couple of shots and the referee stopped the fight.
Paul Buentello def. Carter Williams by TKO (Due to Strikes) at 0:10, Round 2
ELITE XC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT
Joey Villasenor vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua
RD1 – Villasenor rocked Ninja with a punch before being taken down. Ninja landed in side mount, but Villasenor reversed. Villasenor locked on a guillotine that Ninja escaped. They went back to the ground with Villasenor on top ground and pounding. Ninja scrambled out to a heel hook attempt. Villasenor escaped and they got back to their feet. Ninja took Villasenor down again and landed elbows from side mount. Villasenor made it back to his feet again, but Ninja again took him down and worked ground and pound from side mount and then went for a Kimura. Villasenor escaped, but just as the round ended, Ninja attained the mount.
RD2 – Ninja starts off with a flying knee, before both fighters start exchanging punches, but Ninja was landing the harder shots. He knocked Villasenor down with a hook, followed him down and rained down punches until they stopped the fight.
Murilo “Ninja” Rua def. TKO (Due to Strikes) at 1:05, Round 2
Murilo “Ninja” Rua is the first ever EliteXC Middleweight Champion
Josh Thomson vs. Nick Gonzalez
RD1 – Thomson throws a head kick and then a superman punch which missed, then went straight into a takedown, worked to Gonzalez’s back. Gonzalez defended for a while, but Thomson eventually sunk in the choke to finish the fight.
Josh Thomson def. Nick Gonzalez by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:42, Round 1
Cung Le vs. Tony Fryklund
RD1 – Cung Le was basically landing any kind of striking technique that he wanted and dropped Fryklund with a hook about midway through the first round, but Fryklund got back up. Le continued to land shots almost at will throughout the round.
RD2 – Le starts off with a some good body kicks. The pace of the fight starts to slow down a little bit, Le looking a little more selective of his strikes before Fryklund lands a nice flurry of punches. Le keeps him at bay with his kicks though. Fryklund tries to flurry back, but doesn’t land much, although Le appears to be tiring a bit. Both fighters are picking their shots a little more judiciously. Le lands a solid low kick. They exchange flurries before round two comes to an end.
R3 – Le throws a couple of side kicks to start off and then landed a body kick that hurt Fryklund and followed with a punch, a knee, another punch, and then a right hook that dropped Fryklund and the referee stopped the fight.
Cung Le def. Tony Fryklund by TKO (Due to Punch) at 0:25, Round 3
STRIKEFORCE MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT
Frank Shamrock vs. Phil Baroni
RD 1 – Both fighters started out swinging for the fences, then Baroni went for a takedown. It went to the ground, but Baroni stepped out of Shamrock’s guard and they were back on the feet. Shamrock dropped Baroni with a flurry and then went down for a guillotine choke. Baroni got out, Shamrock then landed a couple of punches to the back of Baroni’s head and was deducted a point. The rest of the round, Shamrock was rocking Baroni with punches and Baroni trying to take Shamrock down. The round ended with Baroni in Shamrock’s guard.
RD 2 – Baroni starts landing the cleaner punches, but Shamrock is landing low kicks. Shamrock starts landing punches as they’re up against the cage, but then the pace started to slow. Baroni lands a couple of huge shots that hurt Shamrock. But Shamrock started firing back some shots of his own, Baroni smiling back. Shamrock then landed a nice flurry that rocked Baroni and Baroni went for the takedown again, holding on to Shamrock’s legs. Shamrock spins around and gets to Baroni’s back and has a rear naked choke locked on and Baroni passed out.
Baroni woke up and stormed out of the cage.
Both fighters wearing a lot of damage on their faces.
Frank Shamrock def. Phil Baroni by TKO (Passed out due to Choke) at 4:00, Round 2
Frank Shamrock is the new Strikeforce Middleweight Champion
WELTERWEIGHT BOUT (SWING BOUT)
Paul Daley vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig
RD1 – They start off feeling each other out, Daley throwing a couple of low kicks. They clinched briefly, but separated. Daley looking for the takedown. Ludwig then controlling along the fence, but then reversing. Both fighters missing a few techniques, but then Ludwig countering with a nice 1-2 combination. They clinch again along the fence, trading knees. Daley takes Ludwig down, but they get back up and circle. Ludwig lands a kick to the body and Daley flurries in response. Both fighters are a little careful picking their shots as the round closes.
RD2 – Both fighters seem to be throwing with a little more intention. Daley lands a right cross that dropped Ludwig, followed him down and finished him off with strikes.
Paul Daley def. Duane Ludwig by TKO (Due to Strikes) at 0:42, Round 2