Shark Fights 13 shaping up to be another solid fall event
Following the calm before the storm that was July, MMA fans will get all that they can handle in the coming months. Between the four major players in the sport, being the UFC, WEC, Strikeforce, and Bellator, there will be more than enough action served up to feed your hunger. However, as August closes and September rolls in, you may want to save room for one more.
Shark Fight Promotions, based out of Amarillo, Texas, has been steadily piecing together a card for their Shark Fights 13 event that can proudly stand among the big boys.
The headlining match-up will feature former UFC light heavyweight contender “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine (15-8-1), who was cut from the UFC following a hard fought majority decision loss to Matt Hamill, against Trevor Prangley (22-6-1), who will look to bounce back from his submission loss to Strikeforce’s Tim Kennedy.The co-main event will see hard-hitting light heavyweights Houston “The Assassin” Alexander (10-6-0) and Rameau Thierry “The African Assassin” Sokoudjou (9-6-0) meet in a bout that promises to end in dramatic fashion. Both men were highly regarded prospects earlier in their careers. Each scored multiple knockout victories over top-ten light heavyweight opponents. But ever since each have faced a string of inconsistencies. Expect fireworks as they each fight for their relevancy.
In another match that could prove to be do or die, former UFC middleweight contender Drew “The Massacre” McFedries (8-6-0) will look to get back on track when he faces former Strikeforce middleweight “Smokin” Joey Villasenor (27-7-0). McFedries has not seen action since his UFC 103 submission loss to Tomasz Drawl, which made him 3-5 in his last eight fights. Villasenor was riding a four-fight win streak before being derailed when he lost by unanimous decision to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery in May. Both men will look to return to their winning ways.
The promotions latest addition, the heavy-handed Brit Paul “Semtex” Daley (24-9-2), who is fresh off his Impact FC 2 victory over Daniel Acacio in Sydney, Australia will meet a yet to be determined opponent. While Shark Fights president Brent Medley assures that they are currently in the process of choosing Daley’s opponent, “Semtex” just seems pleased to make his return to the U.S.
“I’m very excited to be fighting in the US again,” Daley said in a statement. “Despite my conduct during the Koscheck fight, which I agree is inexcusable; fans in the United States have been very supportive. For that I am very grateful.”
Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs. Prangley will take place on September 11th from the Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas.