August 05, 2012

Fight Video Retro: Strikeforce Evolution - The Cung Le Vs. Frank Shamrock Slug-Fest

Filed Under MMA, Stoker

Re: Cung Le December 19, 2009 by Stoker MacIntosh - In the game of high-stakes-poker, a player either holds the high-cards in his hand ..or he doesn’t. If he has them, great, he wins; if he doesn’t, though—in an attempt to fool the rest of the players around the table—he can chose to bluff. Cung Le (6-0, 6 by KO) is a 37-year-old undefeated Vietnamese/American cagefighter hailing from San Jose, Calif., who was once the Strikeforce Middleweight Champion before leaving the cage in search of a more lucrative acting career. Le—an unorthodox Sanshou-style cagefighter—is now about to lay his cards upon the table once more when he headlines the Strikeforce mixed martial arts promotion’s latest venture, “Evolution,” against Scott Smith If Le does indeed have the metaphoric “royal straight flush” as the hype surrounding him seems to suggest, and he isn’t bluffing, then he will need prove it this weekend against Smith, who's tough, and a seasoned veteran at 17–6 (1). Most fans of Le first became acquainted with the Sanshou (which is a Chinese martial art) kickboxer when he became the promotion’s middleweight strap-holder by defeating the highly-respected mma pioneer Frank Shamrock via TKO in a fight co-promoted by Strikeforce and EliteXC. In boxing, coaches will warn you never to “go in without your stick,” meaning lead with your jab when attempting to close distance. However, Le likes to kick first—to establish and create his distance. This technique is simply employed by replacing the measuring-steak, boxing jab, with a leg kick instead. It's also a technique which has worked equally well for other great cagefighters; such as current champion Anderson 'The Spider' Silva and the undefeated Lyoto Machida—who are both highly respected for their knockouts and elite prowess, albeit in a higher promotion known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC. They say that “styles make fights,” and the Le vs. Shamrock matchup was arguably one of the better made contests of last year, 2008. Yet, in every great contest there has to be a winner and a loser, and in this historic “slug and kick fest,” a long hard battle ensued in which Le eventually became the champion. Shamrock, however—after suffering courageously through a fractured right arm from a series of lethal kicks from Le—proved he is no joke. The pioneer showed amazing resilience and courage while absorbing the pain-filled loss squarely on the chin. ~

The full version of 'Shamrock Vs. Le' is FOUND here and can be seen by clicking this link.
Highlights are posted in the (Video) below.
 
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