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This March 29 fight card is shaping up to be an exciting event. Frank Shamrock and Cung Le will fight for the middleweight belt, Gilbert Melendez will put the lightweight title on the line against Gabe Lemley, plus Jake Shields and Drew Fickett for the welterweight title. Also on the card, Nick Diaz vs. Jae Suk Lim (165 lbs.), and Tiki Ghosn vs. Luke Stewart

Note: Joey Villasenor was scheduled to Fight Evangelista Santos but due to Visa problems Santos was unable to make the fight.

Shamrock vs. Le

542 Percentage (54.2) of Frank Shamrock's 24 wins to come via submission, only three have come by (T)KO. So it probably makes sense for Cung Le, an excellent striker, to not exactly believe Shamrock when according to MMAJunkie he said, "I think it's time for me to try out my striking. It might be dangerous, but it's not like we're not in a dangerous sport." The former San Shou standout Le responded, "I think it's a big smokescreen..."

16 Time (0:16) of Frank Shamrock's quickest victory. He's also won in 0:21 and 0:22. His opponent on March 29, Cung Le is 5-0. His fastest win came in 0:43, but in his last two fights he's gone to the third round before earning stoppages. A long bout doesn't sit too well with Shamrock. In an article at MMAJunkie he predicted a quick fight with of course him victorious. He went on to say, "My wife is pregnant and I want to get home in case it pops out!" Good reason Frank and you conveyed your thoughts so beautifully...

Melendez vs. Lemley

3 Number of times (3) Strikeforce's Lightweight champion has fought in the promotion since his and its March 10, 2006 debut. He also fought in PRIDE twice, both decision victories, and Yarennoka on New Years Eve 2007. The last resulted in Melendez's first loss in 14 tries. His opponent on March 29, Gabe Lemley has never fought in Strikeforce and comes into the bout with an 11-6 record, but he's riding a five fight win streak. It didn't take him as long as Melendez to lose his first bout. Lemley started his career 0-3. That won't matter on Saturday as he tries to upset Melendez and claim the belt.

Shields vs. Fickett

847 The combined winning percentage (84.7) of Jake Shields 20-4-1, and Drew Fickett 32-5. The two will hook up on Saturday in a very intriguing match up. Shields has been extremely impressive of late with a nine fight win streak in which he's beat guys like Yushin Okami, Dave Menne, Carlos Condit, and Mike Pyle, among others. His last loss came way back in December 2004. Drew Fickett is no slouch either. He is 8-2 in his last ten fights with a 4-2 record in the UFC. He demonstrated his experience in his last fight in December '07 at Cage Rage 24 when Mark Weir pounced on him early. Fickett remained calm, waited for an opening, and then took advantage by finishing the fight with a RNC. It will be interesting to see who prevails in this one.

Check out Sports by the Numbers MMA to find out why either Nick Diaz or Jae Suk Lim is probably going to get stopped, and why a streak will end between Tiki Ghosn and Luke Stewart.


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