PRESS RELEASE: Amarillo, TX. – July 26, 2011
Main Event SHANE NELSON vs. AARON WETHERSPOON
Co-Main Event EMANUAL NETWON vs. RICKY SHIVERS
Shark Fight Promotions announces Shark Fights 18, their first event in Reno, Nevada at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino Resort on August 19, 2011. The main event pairs popular Ultimate Fighter and UFC vet Shane Nelson (13-5) against former King of the Cage Champion Aaron Wetherspoon (8-3). Ultimate Fighter 8 contestant Shane Nelson, coached by two-time UFC Champion BJ Penn, holds notable wins over George Roop and a 44- second TKO over Aaron Riley in the UFC. Nelson is coming off a 15- month layoff with a submission victory over Jai Bradney in Australia. Former KOTC Champion Aaron Wetherspoon spent his past two years away from the sport and made his return with a decision victory over Nick Reale. Wetherspoon was the longest reigning KOTC Welter Weight Champion and holds notable victories over Jeremiah Metcalf, Laverne Clark, and Thomas Kenny.
The co-main event features 6’6 BJJ black belt sensation Ricky Shivers (10-5-1) against hard hitting Kings MMA star Emanual Newton (15-6-1). In Shivers last fight, he finished KOTC vet Tony Lopez with a first round arm bar. Both fighters are on a three fight win streak. Shivers has finished his last three opponents via submission and Newton is coming off a hard fought decision victory over Ilir Latifi at Shark Fights 17.
Shark Fights 18 also features BJJ World Champion and Blackhouse Team Nogueira fighter Adriano Camolese (4-1), King of the Cage vet Ruben “Warpath” Villareal (19-21-3), and knockout artist Dave Huckaba (15-4). Camolese is the training partner of UFC superstars Antonio Nogueira, Anderson Silva, and Junior Dos Santos. Warpath and Huckaba have made their names synonymous with knockouts. Warpath has finished eleven of his nineteen fights via knockout and Huckaba has thirteen knockouts in fifteen victories. Shark Fights 18 guarantees to be an exciting night of fights.
Shark Fights 18 will take place on Friday, August 19, 2011 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada and will be broadcast via tape delay on Fuel TV beginning September 2. Doors Open at 6pm PST. Fights start at 7pm PST. Tickets for Shark Fights 18 are on sale this Wednesday, July 27. Tickets are priced from $20 to $120. Tickets are available at
Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster retail locations, John Ascuaga’s Nugget, IFC Gym, and Carnal Dammage. For more information, or current Shark Fights news, please visit www.sharkfights.com or www.facebook.com/sharkfights. Fight card subject to change.
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.
Shark Fight Promotions can be followed via Facebook at facebook.com/sharkfightsmma and facebook.com/SharkFights and via Twitter at twitter.com/SharkFights.
About FUEL TV
FUEL TV is the only cable and satellite television network that features the exciting world of adrenaline and thrill- seeking sports and the stories that surround them. This new generation of sports provides a rich landscape of some of the most vibrant and action-packed television entertainment in the world. See why young adrenaline sports fans call FUEL TV the channel they never turn off. FUEL TV, part of FOX Sports Media Group, was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in more than 30 million U.S. homes and can be accessed by broadband, mobile devices and other digital platforms such as iTunes®. FUEL TV programming is available in more than 50 countries around the world with 24/7 channels operating in Australia and Europe. To subscribe to FUEL TV, call 877-4-FUEL-TV. For program times and other information, visit www.fuel.tv.
Media Contact for Shark Fights:
George Meng Media and Public Relations