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EliteXC/Strikeforce Preview: Shamrock vs. Le

img_2722-shamrock-vs-le-01.jpgSAN JOSE, Calif. - Here’s my rundown of the five scheduled matches to be televised on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET) during tonight’s EliteXC and Strikeforce co-promotion featuring Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le.

Before I get to the fights, I wanted to let everyone know that Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer is reporting that an opponent for Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson during EliteXC’s debut on CBS on May 31 has been finalized. The word making the rounds right now is that Slice could be in San Jose and appear on tonight’s telecast and reveal his opponent.

I’ve heard two names rumored. I don’t want to comment on the names because the information is highly speculative and I wasn’t able to get anything confirmed. It’s very possible neither of the names I’ve heard mentioned will be signed for the fight. I will say this: it won’t be Ken Shamrock or Don Frye.

Now, here’s my thoughts on tonight’s fights, with predictions.

Joey Villasenor vs. Ryan Jensen - Even though Joe Riggs and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos were forced to pull out of this scheduled bout, Jensen is here representing Strikeforce so this bout is still technically an “EliteXC vs. Strikeforce” bout.

Jensen is grateful for this opportunity to be fighting on a big show once again but there will be a lot of pressure on him. As of now, the word is that he’s on a one-fight deal with Strikeforce. The deal could be extended, but he needs to win here.

Doing so against a fighter the caliber of Villasenor will not be easy. While Jensen has better technique on the ground, and possibly on the feet, I expect Villasenor to have a significant strength and speed factor.

In my eyes, Villasenor is the better athlete while Jensen is the better technician. That being said, Villasenor is not exactly sloppy. He’s a well-rounded fighter who is continually improving in all facets of the game. Jensen is the kind of guy that is easy to root for, but I’m afraid this could be a one-sided bout in Villasenor’s favor.


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