PRESS RELEASE: Amarillo, TX. – July 1, 2011

Main Event
Co-Main Event
Live on HDNet from the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas – July 15th 2011


Jake Rosholt (11-3) earns his highly anticipated rematch against BJJ Black Belt Matt Horwich (26-18-1) as they face off in the Main Event of Shark Fights 17, Friday July 15th, in Frisco, Texas. Since losing to Horwich, Jake Rosholt has been on a rampage with four first round victories earning him the rematch. Former IFL Champion, Matt Horwich is looking to rebound after his hard fought decision loss to Shark Fights superstar Danillo Villefort at Shark Fights 14. Horwich holds notable wins over Krzysztof Soszynski, Mike Pyle, Benji Radach, and Thales Leites.

Shark Fights 17 co-main event features former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriquez (46-11) as he puts his eleven fight win streak on the line against submission guru Karl Knothe (19-6), riding his own twelve fight win streak. Ricco’s eleven fight win streak ties the longest of his career, where he defeated Randy Couture, Andre Arlovski, and Jeff Monson. Besting Ricco’s win streak by one, Karl Knothe has finished his last 12 opponents all within the 1st round. “I am very excited and honored to be fighting for Shark Fights and HDNet. Shark Fights is one of the top tier promotions,” said Rodriguez. “I’ve been doing my research and preparing for a tough fight. Karl is a very scrappy fighter with tons of experience. Neither of us wants to lose our winning streaks, so be prepared for a fight to be remembered.”

Also on this amazing Shark Fights 17 card is an exciting light heavyweight matchup, as hard hitting Ilir Latifi (4-1) battles Kings MMA sensation Emanual Newton (14-6-1), while Jeremy Kimball (3-2) expects to continue his three fight win streak against the always dangerous Clay Hantz (6-3). Rounding out the main card is a bout pitting rising middleweight submission superstar Daniel “Jacare” Almeida (5-1) against Bellator vet Doug Williams (5-12).

“Shark Fights strives to give the fans what they want and they demanded a Horwich/Rosholt rematch. With both combatants having something to prove this is going to be war,” said Shark Fights Executive Wes Nolen. “Shark Fights is thrilled to have a show in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. We love the fans there and they are going to be impressed with this fight card. This is going to be an exciting night of fights.”

Shark Fights 17 will take place on Friday, July 15th at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas live on HDNet. Doors Open at 6pm CT. Fights start at 7pm CT. Tickets for Shark Fights 17 are on sale now. Tickets are priced at $125, $100, $60, $40, $30 and $20. Tickets are available at and all Ticketmaster retail locations. For more information, or current Shark Fights news, please visit . Fight card subject to change.

Main Event:
-Matt Horwich (26-18-1) vs Jake Rosholt (11-3)

Co-Main Event:
-Ricco Rodriquez (46-11) vs Karl Knothe (19-6)

Main Card:
-Emanual Newton (14-6-1) vs. Ilir Latifi (4-1)
-Jeremy Kimball (3-2) vs Clay Hantz (6-3)
-Daniel Almeida (5-1) vs Doug Williams (5-12)

Preliminary Bout:
-Quaint Kempf (3-1) vs Victor Hernandez (3-13)
-Alan Jouban (1-1) vs Charles Byrd (2-2)
-Jay Flores (1-2) vs Matt Hober (2-0)
-Brad Cox (2-0) vs Russell Brewer (2-0)

About Shark Fight Promotions:
Texas based Shark Fight Promotions, founded in 2007, is an integrated entertainment and media company in the combat sports industry, committed to producing high quality fight events and effectively showcasing elite MMA talent. The company is engaged in the production, promotion, presentation and marketing of premier professional mixed martial arts fighting competitions. As an integrated entertainment and media company, Shark Fight Promotions is organized around three principal business activities: Live Event Promotions, Broadcast Television and Digital Media Production and Distribution, Sponsorship and Brand Licensing. As Mixed Martial Arts continues its dominance as the fastest growing sport in the world, Shark Fights is poised to become one of the top fight promotions in the industry.

About HDNet Fights:
“HDNet Fights” ( works with leading MMA promoters including DREAM, XFC, K-1, K-1 Max, MFC, Titan Fighting Championships, It’s Showtime, Shark Fights and more. HDNet produces more live Mixed Martial Arts events than any other network and HDNet’s “Inside MMA” is the hottest Mixed Martial Arts program on television, giving fans their weekly fix for everything MMA, while “The Voice Vs…,” features Michael Schiavello going one-on-one with some of the biggest names in the sport. HDNet also delivers the world’s largest and most diverse concert line-up through the HDNet Concert Series. The HDNet Concert Series features leading artists and bands including Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, John Mayer, Nickelback and more. HDNet also features revealing lifestyle programming featuring “Art Mann Presents,” “Girls Gone Wild®,” “Deadline” and “Get Out!”


Media Contact for Shark Fights:
George Meng
Media and Public Relations