For me, Saturday’s main event between Frank Shamrock and Cung Le was somewhere between good and great. I will call it a very good fight.
Round three was tremendous and while Shamrock vs. Le might be the fight of the year thus far, I think it will be a disappointing year for MMA if it is in the top five of top matches come year’s end.
I enjoyed the fight and the San Jose crowd really added to the atmosphere. But my biggest issue with Shamrock vs. Le was that while it was contested under MMA rules, it really wasn’t an MMA fight. It was almost entirely a standup encounter, which I don’t have a problem with if that’s the an organic path for the fight to go down. But there were times when that fight could have and possibly should have gone to the ground and didn’t. If someone gets swept off their feet and is lying on their back, a fighter should go in for the kill.
A lesser issue I had with the fight was Shamrock’s incessant hand gestures throughout the fight. The “nighty-night” gesture during the Phil Baroni fight last June was awesome. But he went to the well once too often during the fight with Le. I’m all for a little showmanship and gamesmanship but when there is too much banter between combatants during a fight, the level of intensity decreases and it begins to feel like a glorified sparring match.