UFC Veteran Brock Larson and Strikeforce Sensation Tarec Saffiedine Added to Shark Fights: Jardine vs. Prangley

PRESS RELEASE: August 25, 2010 – Amarillo Texas

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Shark Fight Promotions announced today that UFC veteran Brock Larson will face Strikeforce sensation Tarec Saffiedine at the Shark Fights 13 pay-per-view event in September. Shark Fights: Jardine vs. Prangley will take place Saturday, September 11, at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas.

According to Brent Medley, president of Shark Fight Promotions, “We feel that Brock Larson and Tarec Saffiedine are a great addition to our pay-per-view roster. Larson, a seasoned UFC and WEC veteran, was originally slated for the under card, but we feel his bout against Saffiedine is worthy of live pay-per-view coverage. Larson is back on track and determined to make it back into the UFC. He knows that losing is not an option. Standing in his way is Tarec Saffiedine, an explosive MMA fighter that hails from Belgium.”

Medley went on to say; “Saffiedine is a well-rounded fighter and rising star in the Strikeforce welterweight division. He has fought in a number of promotions around the world including DREAM in Japan, and holds notable wins over PRIDE veteran Seichi Ikemoto, James Terry and Nate Moore. Both fighters are hungry for this win. Fans can expect an exciting, action packed fight to kick off the night!”

Brock Larson (29-4-0), a seasoned UFC and WEC veteran, who trains out of Brooklyn Center, MN at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, has his sites on redemption and returning to the UFC. Larson kicked off his fight career in 2002 with an impressive twelve-fight win streak. He now boasts 29 wins in 33 MMA fights and has been featured on several recognized top-ten welterweight rankings throughout his career. Larson holds notable wins over top-notch fighters such as Mike Pyle and John Alessio and is currently riding a three-fight win streak.

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Tarec Saffiedine (9-2-0) is a black belt in Shihaishinkai Karate, a style of Karate that includes striking, Judo throws, and ground fighting. He also boasts an amateur kickboxing record of 12-1-1. Saffiedine, who began his professional mixed-martial-arts fight career in his native Belgium, now trains out of Temecula, California at Team Quest. He is determined to gain MMA recognition in the U.S. and is well on his way. As a result of Saffiedine’s impressive second-round KO victory over Nate Moore at the Strikeforce Challengers 8 in Portland, many are referring to him as a breakout star in the Strikeforce welterweight division.

Official Bout Card for Shark Fights: Jardine vs. Prangley:

Main Card:
1. Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley
2. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander
3. Paul Daley vs. Jorge Masvidal
4. Joey Villasanor vs. Drew McFredries
5. Brock Larson vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Undercard:
6. Ronnie Mann vs. Douglas Evans
7. Paul Bradley vs. Johnny Reese
8. Aaron Rosa vs. Devin Cole
9. Marcus Hicks vs. Karen Darabedyan
10. Pete Spratt vs. Eric Davila

Shark Fights MMA: Jardine vs. Prangley, will take place on Saturday, September 11 at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum. Doors open at 6:00pm CT. Fights start at 7:00 pm CT. PPV airs at 10:00pm ET. Tickets are on sale now! To purchase event tickets please go to www. Sharkfights.com, www.Panhandletickets.com, or visit any Panhandle ticket outlet.

Shark Fights MMA: Jardine vs. Prangley will be available live on Pay-Per-View on iN DEMAND, Bell TV and Viewers Choice Canada for just $29.99! Contact your cable provider for details. For additional information on Shark Fight Promotions, please visit sharkfights.com.

PRESS RELEASE: Strikeforce Houston Results – Feijao Shocks King Mo, Souza Wins Decision Over Kennedy

PRESS RELEASE: Strikeforce Houston (Aug. 21, 2010)

Hard-hitting striker Rafael Feijao shocked STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Champion “King Mo” Lawal with a devastating third round knockout in Saturday’s SHOWTIME® televised main event at STRIKEFORCE: Houston at Toyota Center.

In a tactical co-feature, world-class submission specialist Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza captured the vacant STRIKEFORCE World Middleweight (185 pounds) Championship with a unanimous decision over American military hero Tim Kennedy.

In an all-action fight, Mo (7-1) was the aggressor in the first, scoring a body slam in the opening minute of the round. But, Feijao (10-2) was unfazed by the take down and got to his feet without suffering any significant damage.

After trading punches in the second, Feijao came out swinging in the third. He landed a few strong combinations and caught Mo with a powerful knee. Clearly wounded, Mo tried to take his opponent to the ground to minimize the damage but, while locked up standing, Feijao battered Mo with a series of brutal slashing elbows to Mo’s head, knocking him out at 1:14.

“I hit him hard with the right hand and the knee,” Feijao said. “I saw he was hurt, but I was just going to continue to hit him. I felt his grip loosening and knew that he was done.

“I have a new coach in boxing and Muay Thai that made the difference. “I just made my dream. I saw in his last fight he wanted to get inside. My strategy worked perfectly.”

A wounded Mo was disappointed but not dejected in his performance.

“I just got to make a few adjustments,” Mo said. “He fought a hell of a fight, but I’m not worried. I’ll come back stronger.”

Jacare (13-2-1) wasn’t able to get Kennedy to the ground, but his effective and relentless counterpunching was the difference maker in the fight.

A deep gash opened up over Kennedy’s left eye early in the third round. Kennedy (12-3) tried taking the fight to the mat, but it was ineffective against Jacare, who was the superior striker landing the harder, crisper punches.

Kennedy continued to attack Jacare throughout the fight, never giving up, but was unable to land anything that hurt his opponent.

“I felt through the fight that he felt my hand,” Jacare said. “I was landing some big punches and I thought I was winning the fight. I was ready to fight everywhere in the cage, but I was surprised how strong he was. He was strong, but I was the one connecting and landing the damaging punches.”

Kennedy, who landed more punches with a higher percentage, was a bit surprised in the unanimous decision loss.

“I was really frustrated with the end result,” Kennedy said. “Jacare is an amazing contender and now a champion. I was humbled that I was able to go five rounds with him, but I think it goes without saying that I’d like another five rounds with that guy. It’s going to be different.

“We’re talking about the most decorated grappler in the planet. I expected him to want to grapple. He countered with me the whole time and I was surprised. I should have put more pressure on him. The only time anyone got dropped in the fight was when I dropped him, but he’s got the belt.”

In a featured lightweight (155 pounds) bout, KJ Noons scored a second round KO (:19) over fearless brawler and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Jorge Gurgel in a short, but spectacular match.

The two exchanged powerful punches in the first, but a powerful and controversial blow from Noons a split second after the sound of the closing bell for the first round proved to be the difference. Noons (10-2) came out swinging in the second, landing an overhand right followed by a left hook that sent Gurgel (13-7) flying to the canvas. He followed it up with punches on the ground, but the fight was clearly over as Gurgel could not recover.

“By any means am I a dirty fighter, no,” Noons said. “I was just going in there to try to engage and get the round. I was in the heat of the moment and I couldn’t stop my hands as they were going. It wasn’t cheap and I’m not trying to be dirty – I’m just trying to finish the fight. I didn’t’ intentionally do it, it’s just the rush.

“I thought it was a great fight. He had a really good game plan. He was moving around the ring and was trying to get me to engage more. I just knew I had to not over commit on my punches and my kicks and I’d be able to keep standing. I’m not surprised he didn’t take me down.”

Gurgel didn’t make any excuses or complaints in losing.

“I apparently got hit a couple of times when the round was up, but it’s not KJ’s fault,” Gurgel said. The referee is responsible for separating the fighters. I’m not taking anything away from (KJ) He landed a good right hand and a left hook.

“I have no excuses whatsoever. I came up short in my performance and I’m really upset. I thought I had his number. I’ve never been rocked before. I’ve had 20 professional fights and I’ve never felt that. KJ is a world class fighter.”

In the opening fight of the SHOWTIME telecast, Chad Griggs won an upset, TKO victory over previously unbeaten Bobby Lashley at the end of the second round.

An experienced and talented wrestler, Lashley immediately took the fight to the ground in the first round. He expended a lot of energy trying to hit Griggs (9-1) while on the ground, but Griggs was able to counter and opened up a gushing cut over Lashley’s left eye.

Once again, Lashley (5-1) took the fight to the ground in the second, but his punches didn’t do enough damage to the more experienced Griggs. The cut worsened with Lashley apparently gassed in the closing moments of the second round and the referee called the bout immediately following the conclusion of the round.

“This is a dream come true fighting for STRIKEFORCE. I got offered a big fight right off the bat and I’m super pumped I got the win,” Griggs said. “I know he was bleeding all over me. I think he was tired and he was hurt already. I think it was a good call to end it.

“I felt him starting to fade a little bit at the end of the first round. I could hear him breathing really hard and could feel him using a lot of muscle to land punches. I was comfortable because he wasn’t really catching me and he was using a lot of energy. I don’t think that he’s really been hit before or been tested. I could see it in his eyes that the fight was changing. He was still hustling, but I think he was losing some heart in there.”

The event will replay on Monday, Aug. 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHO 2 and will be available On Demand from Tuesday, Aug. 24 until Monday, Sept. 6.

Complete STRIKEFORCE: Houston Results:

STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight Championship

Rafael Feijao def. “King Mo” Lawal – KO (elbows) – Round 3 (1:14)

STRIKEFORCE World Middleweight Championship

Jacare Souza def. Tim Kennedy – Unanimous Decision – 49-46, 48-47 twice.

KJ Noons def. Jorge Gurgel – KO (strikes)– Round 2 (:19)

Chad Griggs def. Bobby Lashley – TKO – End of Round 2

NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD

Daniel Cormier def. Jason Riley – Submission (strikes) – Round 1 (1:02)

Andre Galvao – def. Jorge “Macaco” Patino – TKO (strikes) – Round 3 (2:45)

Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes – def. Rocky Long – Unanimous Decision – 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.

Adam Schindler def. Kier Gooch – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Reynaldo “The Truth” Trujillo def. Jose Santibanez – TKO (Strikes)

Chad “Robo” Robichaux def. Humberto DeLeon – Split Decision – 29-28 (Robichaux), 29-28 (DeLeon), 29-28 (Robichaux)

Artenas Young def. Chad Cook, – Unanimous decision – 30-27, 298-28, 30-27

Shark Fights Announces World-Class Commentating Team

PRESS RELEASE: Aug. 19, 2010

Bas Rutten, Don Frye and Ron Kruck to Call the PPV Action for Shark Fights MMA: Jardine vs. Prangley.

The commentating team, as the intermediary between the fight action and viewers, is vital to the success of televised mixed martial art events. Understanding the importance of the broadcasters, Shark Fight Promotions has recruited a world-class commentating team. The unique and talented three-man lineup consists of two MMA legends: Bas Rutten and Don Frye, as well as popular HDNet television personality Ron Kruck. This team of entertaining and dynamic personalities will ensure a first-rate experience for fans tuning into the Shark Fights Pay-Per-View broadcast on September 11.

According to Brent Medley, president of Shark Fight Promotions, “We have put together what we refer to as our ‘Commentating Dream Team’ to call the action during our September 11 Pay-Per-View event. It was extremely important to us to secure a credible commentating team that is not only knowledgeable, but also exciting and entertaining to watch. We feel we have accomplished that. We are confident that Bas Rutten and Don Frye will prove to be one of the best, and most entertaining, color commentating teams that the MMA community has ever experienced.”

Don Frye and Bas Rutten, known for their unpredictable humor and first hand knowledge of the sport, boast a laundry list of impressive career accolades that reach far beyond their legendary fight status. They are both popular and highly respected MMA personalities recognized worldwide. Now, for the first time ever, Rutten and Frye will be a part of the same color commentating team. MMA fans should expect the unexpected, and prepare to be thoroughly entertained.

Bas Rutten has been involved in the fight industry, in some capacity, for more than 20 years. He was the UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three time King of Pancrase, and finished his fight career on a twenty-two-fight win streak. He is also a well-recognized color commentator, accredited actor, television host, coach and entrepreneur. Millions have watched Rutten on television and in major motion pictures such as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and “Sinners & Saints”. Most recently, his voice can be heard in MGM’s live-action comedy, “The Zookeeper,” along with the voices of Adam Sandler, Cher, and Sylvester Stallone. Rutten is also a fitness advocate on the Cartoon Network and a popular host on HDNet’s “Inside MMA.” As a coach, he has trained celebrities and some of the top athletes in the world. He also has a popular line of self-defense, training, and fitness videos, and is the creator of one of the most effective mixed martial arts training tools on the market, the Body Action System.

Don Frye, also known as “The Predator,” is considered a pioneer in the sport of mixed martial arts. Along with his collegiate wrestling experience, Frye holds a second degree black belt in Judo, has a professional boxing record, and has fought for the most prestigious fight promotions in the world. Frye is best known for his success in Pride, K-1 and The Ultimate Fighting Championships, but has also added coach, writer, radio personality, color commentator and accredited actor to his long list of impressive accolades. Frye has made appearances on popular television shows such as: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Miami Vice,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.” He has starred in the major motion picture “Honor” and lent his voice for a children’s film, “The Ant Bully.” Frye’s most recent films include; Rob Schneider’s prison comedy “Big Stan,” “Public Enemies,” and “Salt” featuring Angelina Jolie.

Medley concluded with, “In addition to our dynamic color commentating duo, we took it one step further and engaged popular MMA reporter and television personality Ron Kruck to call the play-by-play action. We are extremely happy with the team that we put together and are confident that the fans will be to.”

Ron Kruck, also a well-respected personality within the industry, has covered practically every sport imaginable. Major sporting events he has covered beyond MMA include; the Stanley Cup playoffs, Major League Baseball playoffs, NBA playoffs, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Olympic Trials and the Fiesta and Orange Bowls. Kruck has worked for Mark Cuban’s high-definition network, HDNet, since 2003 and is the lead reporter / news anchor for the popular program “Inside MMA” along with Bas Rutten and host Kenny Rice. Kruck also produces and hosts a weekly segment on the show titled “Kruck’s Korner,” which showcases unique people and stories from the MMA world. Kruck currently spends most of his time reporting from the ring of “HDNet Fights.” In addition to conducting pre- and post-fight interviews, Kruck is known for his informative and insightful play-by-play announcing.

Shark Fights MMA: Jardine vs. Prangley, will take place on Saturday, September 11 at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum. Doors open at 6:00pm CT. Fights start at 7:00 pm CT. PPV airs at 10:00pm ET. Tickets are on sale now! To purchase event tickets please go to www. Sharkfights.com, www.Panhandletickets.com, or visit any Panhandle ticket outlet.

Shark Fights MMA: Jardine vs. Prangley will be available live on Pay-Per-View on iN DEMAND, Bell TV and Viewers Choice Canada for just $29.99! Contact your cable provider for details. For additional information on Shark Fight Promotions, please visit www.sharkfights.com.

About Shark Fight Promotions:
Shark Fight Promotions, an innovative fight promotion company based out of Amarillo Texas, is dedicated to driving the growth of mixed martial arts through the production of high quality MMA events and by effectively showcasing MMA fighters. The organization takes pride in putting the fans and fighters first; therefore they strive to make each Shark Fight event more exciting than the last. Executives within the organization are committed to producing impressive fight cards with extremely competitive match-ups. They are also passionate about their philanthropic endeavors. Shark Fight Promotions stays involved in charity causes by partnering with, and contributing to, non-profit organizations in each city that hosts a Shark Fight Promotions event.

Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal vs. Paul Daley at Shark Fights 13

PRESS RELEASE: August 10, 2010 – Amarillo, TX

It’s official: Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal vs. Paul “Semtex” Daley at Shark Fights 13 – Live on Pay-Per-View.

Shark Fight Promotions announced that a worthy opponent for UFC veteran Paul “Semtex” Daley has been signed. The organization announced today that the top welterweight contender will step into the cage with American Top Team fighter, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal. This will be Daley’s first bout in the U.S. following his highly publicized departure from the UFC.

According to Brent Medley, president of Shark Fight Promotions, “Choosing the right opponent to face a high-level contender like Daley was not easy. Numerous A-list fighters were under consideration. When we heard that Jorge Masvidal wanted to return to the welterweight division after several grueling weight cuts from 185lbs to 155lbs, he became our clear choice. We immediately approached Masvidal about the bout and he did not hesitate to step up to the challenge.”

Medley went on to say, “We feel that this is a very compelling match up. Daley and Masvidal are both highly skilled marquee fighters, with fight styles that match up well. Masvidal, who has been a dominating force in the lightweight division, is determined to prove that he’s an even bigger threat as a welterweight. Defeating Paul Daley would send that message loud and clear, but it won’t be easy. This is going to be a very exciting fight!”

Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal (20-5) is a former AFC Welterweight Champion and Bellator Fighting Championships veteran. He holds notable wins over UFC standout Joe Lauzon, former IFL Lightweight Champion Ryan Schultz, UFC and Pride veteran Yves Edwards, former Sengoku Lightweight Champion Satoru Kitaoka, and most recently Naoyuki Kotani. A notable win over a top contender such as Paul Daley will likely put Masvidal on the radar of UFC executives.

The impressive Shark Fights 13 main event roster includes Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley, Rameau Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander, Paul Daley vs. Jorge Masvidal, Drew McFedries vs. Joey Villasenor, and a fifth fight yet to be announced. To learn more about Shark Fight Promotions, please visit sharkfights.com.

About Shark Fight Promotions: Shark Fight Promotions, an innovative fight promotion company based out of Amarillo Texas, is dedicated to driving the growth of mixed martial arts through the production of high quality MMA events and by effectively showcasing MMA fighters. The organization takes pride in putting the fans and fighters first; therefore they strive to make each Shark Fight event more exciting than the last. Executives within the organization are committed to producing impressive fight cards with extremely competitive match-ups. They are also passionate about their philanthropic endeavors. Shark Fight Promotions stays involved in charity causes by partnering with, and contributing to, non-profit organizations in each city that hosts a Shark Fight Promotions event.

Shark Fights 13 to Air Live on Pay-Per-View (official fight card)

Live from the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum – Tickets on Sale Now!

PRESS RELEASE: Aug 05, 2010 09:00

Amarillo, TX. – August 5, 2010 – Shark Fight Promotions is proud to announce that Shark Fights 13 will be available live on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND for just $29.99. This highly anticipated mixed martial arts event has made considerable headlines over the last two weeks. The bout card is stacked from top to bottom with well known marquee fighters, including many veterans from Ultimate Fighting Championship, Strikeforce, PRIDE, EliteXC, and Dream. Shark Fights 13 will take place September 11 at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas.

Shark Fights 13 will feature a card loaded with action-packed match-ups such as Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley, Rameau Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander, Drew McFedries vs. Joey Villasenor, and top welterweight contender Paul Daley. Daley’s opponent and another high-caliber bout will be announced soon!

According to Brent Medley, president of Shark Fight Promotions, “We are tremendously proud to do our first pay-per-view event with iN DEMAND, it is a significant milestone for our company. Now fans that can’t make it to the event can watch the fights live in the comfort of their homes. We are very excited that we are able to offer the fans a card stacked with such well-matched, high profile fighters for only $29.99.”

Medley went on to say, “We wanted the entire card to be stacked with significant fights, including the undercard. We were strategic when choosing the match-ups and feel that Shark Fights 13 is a solid card from top to bottom. We also decided to go one step further and feature a title fight on the undercard. To my knowledge, this is the first time in MMA history that this has been done. It promises to be a very exciting bout. Our current Shark Fights lightweight champion Douglas Evans will defend his title against submission specialist Ronnie Mann. Fans will not be disappointed!”

Additional details on the Shark Fights 13 line up, the undercard broadcast, and the commentating team will be announced in the coming weeks.

Official Shark Fights 13 Line Up:

Main Card:
1. Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley (205lbs)
2. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander (205lbs)
3. Paul Daley vs. TBA (170lbs)
4. Joey Villasanor vs. Drew McFredries (185lbs)
5. Another high-profile fight to be announced next week!

Undercard:

6. Ronnie Mann vs. Douglas Evans (145lbs)
7. Brock Larson vs. TBA (170lbs)
8. Aaron Rosa vs. Dave Herman (Heavyweight)
9. Marcus Hicks vs. Karen Darabedyan (155lbs)
10. Pete Spratt vs. Eric Davila (170lbs)

Shark Fight Promotions growing popularity and record-breaking attendance has garnered an incredible amount of positive publicity. In addition to drawing record breaking crowds of over 10,000, Shark Fights made headlines in 2009 when it partnered with ESPN 1440 radio to air the first live U.S. radio broadcast of an MMA event in the history of the sport. The historic broadcast was hosted by MMA Legend Don Frye and celebrity radio host Warren McCarty.

Shark Fights continues to receive a constant flow of impressive media coverage, ranging from feature articles and exclusive interviews to television and radio coverage. The company’s reputation and constant media presence has attracted the attention of numerous MMA celebrities, such as Don “The Predator” Frye, Kimbo Slice, Bas Rutten, Ron Kruck, Tapout crew members Punkass and Skyscrape, WEC fighters Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia, WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown, and more.

Shark Fights 13 will take place on Saturday, September 11 at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum. Doors open at 6:00pm CDT. Fights start at 7:00 pm CDT. Tickets are on sale now! To purchase Shark Fights 13 tickets please go to SharkFights.com, Panhandletickets.com, or visit any Panhandle ticket outlet. Shark Fights 13 is also available live on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND for $29.99.

To watch Shark Fights 13 live on pay-per-view, please contact your local cable provider. For additional information on Shark Fight Promotions, please visit SharkFights.com.

About Shark Fight Promotions:
Shark Fight Promotions, an innovative fight promotion company based out of Amarillo Texas, is dedicated to driving the growth of mixed martial arts through the production of high quality MMA events and by effectively showcasing MMA fighters. The organization takes pride in putting the fans and fighters first; therefore they strive to make each Shark Fight event more exciting than the last. Executives within the organization are committed to producing impressive fight cards with extremely competitive match-ups. They are also passionate about their philanthropic endeavors. Shark Fight Promotions stays involved in charity causes by partnering with, and contributing to, non-profit organizations in each city that hosts a Shark Fight Promotions event.