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Shamrock vs. Baroni Results!

(SAN JOSE) – JUNE 23, 2007 – Before a crowd of 10,850 attending EliteXC-Strikeforce’s live
MMA event produced and distributed on SHOWTIME PPV. Frank Shamrock (strikeforceusa.net, frankshamrock.proelite.com) became the first Strikeforce middleweight (185 lb. limit) champion n history by submitting Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni (strikeforceusa.net, philbaroni.proelite.com) with a rear naked choke four minutes into the second round of their eliteXC-Strikeforce main event showdown that was nothing short of an all-out slugfest.


In other fights, Murilo “Ninja” Rua (murilorua.proelite.com), finished fellow former Pride Fighting Championship star, Joey “Dream Smasher” Villasenor (joeyvillasenor.proelite.com), in two rounds to capture the vacant EliteXC middleweight crown and world San Shou kickboxing champion, Cung Le (strikeforceusa.net, cungle.proelite.com), extended his undefeated mixed martial arts record to 4-0 by stopping UFC veteran, Tony “The Freak” Fryklund (strikeforceusa.net, tonyfryklund.proelite.com). in the second round of their featured contest.
The Shamrock-Baroni meeting lived up to all its hype and anticipation as both fighters rushed out of the gates and attempted to draw first blood. Shamrock controlled the first round, bombing on his opponent with punches before dropping Baroni with a hard right hand.
Shamrock was penalized one point for striking Baroni to the back of the head with two right hands. After the fight resumed, Baroni shot in and took Shamrock to the mat. The fighters worked their way back to their feet and Shamrock quickly went to work with his hands, repeatedly scoring with his jab and right hand.
In the second round, Baroni retaliated, attacking Shamrock’s body with right hand punches. Baroni answered a one-two punch combination by shooting for a takedown, but Shamrock defended by sprawling. Shamrock took Baroni’s back and secured a rear naked chokehold. Refusing to tap, Baroni was choked into unconsciousness. The referee halted the fight and awarded the technical knockout victory and Strikeforce title to Shamrock.
In the first-ever EliteXC Middleweight championship, after putting in a calculated first round of work, “Ninja” Rua exploded in the second round, unloading a flurry of punches and finally dropping Villasenor with a right hand counter. Rua rushed in and scored a handful of punches on his downed opponent before the referee stopped the fight at the 1:05 mark and declared Rua the winner and first-ever EliteXC 185 pound champion.
Like he did in his first three efforts in the cage, Cung Le quickly went to work with his arsenal of kicks before dropping Fryklund with a right hand. Le was completely poised throughout the first round.
In the second stanza, Fryklund found his mark and began backing Le up with his own punch combinations. Le successfully fought him off and, in the opening seconds of the third round, went on the attack; his right kick to the body set up a right hand that dropped and finished Fryklund at the 25 second mark of the round.
In other action, Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello continued his reign of terror over mixed martial arts’s heavyweight division by hammering former K-1 North America tournament champion, Carter “The Beast” Williams. Buentello dominated the first round of the matchup and, at the start of the second, unloaded two quick uppercuts to William’s chin that put Williams on his back and out of the fight.
Full Strikeforce-EliteXC “Shamrock vs. Baroni” Fight Card Results:
Seth Kleinbeck def. Sam Spengler – TKO (Strikes) 2nd Round (2:55)
Chris Cariaso def. Anthony Figueroa – Unanimous Decision (3 Rounds)
Rex Richards def. Ray Seraille – TKO (Punches) 1st Round (:34)
Luke Stewart def. Jason Von Flue – TKO (Strikes) 3rd Round (2:17)
Mike Pyle def. Aaron Wethersppon – Unanimous Decision (3 Rounds)
Nik Theotikos def. Nikk Covert – KO (Punch) 1st Round (1:13)
Edson Berto def. Victor Valenzuela – Submission (Heel Hook) 1st Round (:47)
Paul Buentello def. Carter Williams – KO (Punch) 2nd Round (:10)
Murilo Rua def. Joey Villasenor – TKO (Strikes) 2nd Round (1:05)
Josh Thomson def. Nick Gonzalez – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1st Round (1:42)
Cung Le def. Tony Fryklund – TKO (Strikes) 3rd Round (:25)
Frank Shamrock def. Phil Baroni – TKO (Rear Naked Choke) 2nd Round (4:00)
Paul Daley def. Duane Ludwig – TKO (Strikes) 2nd Round (:42)
All of the “Shamrock vs. Baroni” undercard fights are available for viewing at www.proelite.com.

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