BloodyElbow.com Staff Predictions for Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le
MAIN CARD FIGHTS
Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le
Luke Thomas: Le thinks he's going to work a sprawl-n-brawl game, but I don't think that's what's going to happen. Shamrock is going to force Cung to trade hands on the inside while pressuring him back. This will take away Le's kicks, force him into defensive maneuvers with improper counters and trade hands. He will be at a disadvantage in every respect. Even if Le lands the takedown close, he won't follow Shamrock there. Eventually, Shamrock will hurt Le enough to finish on the feet or submit him on the ground after getting rocked. Shamrock, TKO, round 3.
Kid Nate: Shamrock, he's too big and too well rounded. Plus he's got solid fundamentals to his punching, something I haven't seen Le encounter before -- but the thing everyone is missing -- Shamrock's knees are gone -- he hasn't shown any ability to impose or resist a takedown in years. The Frank that got taken down easy by Renzo is not the old Frank. Shamrock by TKO in 4.
Brent Brookhouse: He'll eat some kicks early as he tries to get the timing down. But in the end Cung throwing kicks is only going to play into Shamrock putting him on his ass and pounding on him for a while. When the time is right Frank will turn up the heat on the ground and get the stoppage. Shamrock by complete TKO in the third.
Michael Rome: Cung Le may win a couple rounds early, but he will run into Shamrock's power eventually. When he starts trying to take it to the ground it will be a sign of big trouble. Shamrock wins via KO.
Nick Thomas: Shamrock by complete domination.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Gabe Lemley
Luke Thomas: Lemley has zero confidence in himself. I can't say I'm any different. As long as Melendez had any sort of a well-rounded training camp, this one is wrap. Melendez, TKO, round 1.
Kid Nate: Melendez easy.
Brent Brookhouse: Lemley is riding a five fight win streak since '07 and is a decent fighter. But he took the fight on short notice against a very "for real" fighter in Gilbert Melendez. Melendez is also coming off his first career defeat so he'll be looking to prove a little something. Melendez by TKO round 1.
Nick Thomas: Melendez by beating a fighter who took this fight on 3 weeks notice.
Drew Fickett vs. Jae Suk Lim
Luke Thomas: Lim is not a joke and is very well-rounded. His domination in Spirit MC, including over a former television coach, makes him one of the best threats coming out of that country. But Fickett's jiu-jitsu colored wrestling game is simply going to be too much to deal with. Fickett, by submission, round 2.
Kid Nate: Fickett is ready to fight at 170, Lim is ready for 160. Advantage Fickett. Fickett is used to fighting the elite of the sport, Lim is coming from dominating an area new to the sport. Fickett is well rounded with a strong wrestling background, Lim is primarily a striker. Fickett by UD.
Brent Brookhouse: Lim is facing a guy who is bigger, stronger and better. He also wasn't prepared to fight the kind of gameplan Fickett is going to throw at him. Fickett by sub in the first.
Michael Rome: Jae has good striking but he is going to get taken down and submitted in the first round (Fickett).
Nick Thomas: Fickett by being bigger and stronger than Nick Diaz.
Mike Kyle vs. Wayne Cole
Luke Thomas: Cole's a great wrestler, but isn't the best finisher and loves to brawl. The problem is Kyle's got devastating KO power and is the more polished striker of the two. Cole will resort to his old ways and so will Kyle. Kyle, by KO, round 1.
Kid Nate: Makes me sick that Kyle is on the card but I'm picking him anyway.
Brent Brookhouse: Mike Kyle is going to take Wayne Cole's head and put it about three rows back early in the first round. I don't like the guy but he's getting a "made to win" fight. After this I wouldn't be shocked to see Kyle/Kimbo on CBS.
Michael Rome: Not only are they bringing back a guy who should have been charged criminally after his prior actions, they are giving him an easy guy to beat. A disgusting move (Kyle).
Nick Thomas: Kyle by a year and a half suspension’s worth of pent up anger.
Joey Villasenor vs. Ryan Jensen
Luke Thomas: Jensen actually has a very respectable submission game. Villasenor does not, but he's got enough submission defense and more gas in the tank to make the late-replacement suffer. And Villanseor will work the inside space and clinch to wear down the body. Villasenor, round 2, TKO.
Kid Nate: Jensen didn't have the prep-time. Villasenor by TKO.
Brent Brookhouse: Villasenor is a guy who generally only gets beat by guys on the upper B level or higher. Jensen isn't that guy. Villasenor by decision.
Michael Rome: Jensen is not bad, but I think he's going to get KO'ed here by a newly motivated Villasenor coming out of a great camp.
Nick Thomas: Jensen said he trained only 4 weeks before taking this fight. Villasenor by whatever.
Luke Stewart vs. Tiki Ghosn
Luke Thomas: Ghosn actually has really good striking, but Stewart jiu-jitsu is fantastic. Couple that with Tiki's poor takedown defense and voila: Stewart, by submission, round 1.
Brent Brookhouse: Luke Stewart is going to hand Tiki his fifth straight loss here and he'll do it by a highlight TKO.
Michael Rome: Luke Stewart over Ghosn via submission, round 1.
Jesse Jones vs. Jesse Gillespie
Luke Thomas: Not much to say about either guy, Jones sits on his punches and actually comes from a boxing background. Jones, by TKO, round 1.
Brent Brookhouse: I'm just guessing on this one to be honest...so I'll take Jones by stoppage due to punches.
Michael Rome: Jesse Jones over Gillepsie via TKO, round 2
Darren Uyenoyama vs. Anthony Figueroa
Luke Thomas: Figueroa is well-rounded but still new to professional MMA competition. He's also a bit of a wrestler, which should help the submission-savvy Uyenoyama seal the deal. Uyenoyama by submission, round 2.
Brent Brookhouse: Uyenoyama by submission. He's the more dangerous finisher of the two.
Michael Rome: Darren Uyenoyama over Anthony Figueroa via a combination of his awesome name and a submission in round 2.