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Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni
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The poster for Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni.
Promotion Strikeforce and EliteXC
Date June 22, 2007
Venue HP Pavilion at San Jose
City San Jose, California
Attendance 9,672[1]
Buyrate 35,000[2]
Event chronology
Strikeforce: Young Guns Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion

Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni was a mixed martial arts event co-promoted by Strikeforce and EliteXC. The event took place on Friday, June 22, 2007 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The main card aired on pay-per-view, with the undercard streamed live on The PPV event was rebroadcast on the Showtime premium cable channel on June 30, 2007.


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Frank Shamrock def. Phil Baroni Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 4:15 [a]
Middleweight Murilo Rua def. Joey Villasenor KO (punches) 2 1:05 [b]
Middleweight Cung Le def. Tony Fryklund TKO (punches) 3 0:25
Heavyweight Paul Buentello def. Carter Williams KO (punches) 2 0:10
Lightweight Josh Thomson def. Nick Gonzalez Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 1:42
Welterweight Paul Daley def. Duane Ludwig TKO (punches) 2 0:32
Preliminary card
Lightweight David Smith def. Sean Bassett KO (punch) 2 1:23
Lightweight James Edson Berto def. Victor Valenzuela Submission (heel hook) 1 0:47
Middleweight Nik Theotiko def. Nikk Covert KO (punch) 1 1:13
Welterweight Mike Pyle def. Aaron Wetherspoon Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Welterweight Luke Stewart def. Jason Von Flue TKO (punches) 3 2:17
Heavyweight Rex Richards def. Ray Seraile TKO (punches) 1 0:35
Bantamweight Chris Cariaso def. Anthony Figueroa Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Catchweight (179 lb) Jeffrey Cachia def. Shigeru Momoi Submission (guillotine choke) 1 1:58
Middleweight Seth Kleinbeck def. Sam Spengler TKO (punches) 2 2:55


Notable fighter payouts included

Fighter Fight Earnings Notes
Frank Shamrock $200,000
Phil Baroni $100,000
Cung Le $45,000
Murilo Rua $50,000 Includes $25K win bonus
Paul Buentello $50,000 Includes $25K win bonus


  • Frank Shamrock was criticized for pushing an unconscious Phil Baroni off him using his leg rather than allowing the referee to pull Phil off Frank.[4] In a post-fight interview question regarding the incident, Shamrock stated that "[Phil] was heavy on top of me... he was squishing the life out of me... he was laying on my leg and on my chest... that's it. And I thought it looked better on camera.".[5]
  • Fighter Carter Williams was found by the CSAC to have tested positive for cocaine.[6] He was fined $1,000 and suspended through Dec. 19, 2007.
  • Fighter Phil Baroni tested positive for Boldenone and Stanozolol steroid Metabolites according to the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). He was fined $2,500 and suspended for a year in the state of California. Baroni denied taking any banned substances, and appealed the decision. On October 31, 2007 Baroni's suspension was reduced to 6 months.[7]

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