That whole Frank Shamrock vs Cung Le fight was pretty strange to me. For two rounds they circled eachother, letting off singular kicks or punches. Each engagement was broken off as quickly as it started, and the two would then high five, smile, nod, or say something to eachother. It honestly had the feel of a sparring session right up until halfway through the third round when the fight finally kicked into high gear.
Overall I can’t really complain too much about it. The second half of the third round really made up for the so-so first and second ones. It’s too bad Shamrock wasn’t able to come out for the fourth round, but you could tell he got his shit fucked up in the dying minutes of the round. Turns out that Cung Le snapped Frank’s distal ulna, meaning either Frank doesn’t drink as much milk as he should or I’m going to have to start giving Cung Le some credit as a hard kicker.
I’m still shaking my head at the fact that Frank didn’t try to take Cung Le down once. At first I thought it was just pride and ego … Frank would try and outstrike Cung, but surely after things hadn’t gone his way for a few rounds he’d try something different, right? Well, if that was the plan he never got to implement it. The commentators were saying something about an injury, but who knows what the story on that is. If Frank was coming in knowing he wouldn’t be able to shoot, you would think he’d have developed another way of initiating a takedown. Steve Sievert might have the right idea with his theory:
Shamrock had the mindset that it was better to lose in a standup war than to win the fight on the ground – and, Shamrock admits, his career isn’t so much about winning and losing anymore as it is about making big fights and the money that goes along with them.
Regardless of why he made the decisions he did which lead to his loss, I guess this means Frank Shamrock really isn’t the greatest fighter out there like he’d have us all believe. Does this mean Cung Le suddenly takes that mantle? Hells no. As dumb as I am, I can see holes in Le’s game big enough to drive a truck through. Until he gets put on his back by a serious grappler, we won’t know what he’s really made of. And I’m still of the opinion that a CroCop style ‘deadly kick’ is better than Cung’s ‘defeat via 1001 kicks’. I lost count of how many times Frank got kicked in the head without being phased.