Former UFC middleweight champion and King of Pancrase, Frank Shamrock, will go toe to toe with his June 22nd Strikeforce-EliteXC opponent, "The New York Badass" Phil Baroni, during a live radio interview with California radio program, Free FM, at 2 PM Pacific Standard Time (5 PM Eastern Standard Time). Free FM is syndicated in Los Angeles (97.1 FM), the San Francisco Bay Area (106.9 FM), and San Diego (103.7 FM).
Over the course of the last several months, the grudge between the two outspoken knockout artists, who, interestingly enough, worked alongside one another as color analysts during two Strikeforce produced events last year, has mounted.
"Shamrock vs. Baroni" will air live on Pay Per View on Friday, June 22nd. Six of the card's twleve bouts will be featured during the broadcast. At stake during the Shamrock-Baroni contest will be the vacant Strikeforce world middleweight (185 lb. limit) championship.
Ticket prices for “Shamrock vs. Baroni” start at $30 and are on sale at Ticketmaster (408-998-TIXS) and Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) as well as at the HP Pavilion box office (408-287-7070).
Also returning to action during the card, undefeated world San Shou kickboxing champion and middleweight mixed martial arts contender, Cung Le, will face his greatest test to date in UFC veteran, Tony “The Freak” Fryklund. Strikeforce’s latest recruit, 2003 K-1 North America tournament champion, Carter Williams, will meet the hard-hitting Paul Buentello in a heavyweight matchup and, off the heels of his stunning knockout victory over KJ Noons, EliteXC’s Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett, will take on Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela.
Joey Villasenor and former Pride star, Murilo “Ninja” Rua, will duke it out for the vacant EliteXC middleweight title. 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.