SHARK FIGHTS 21 UPDATE: KARL KNOTHE STEPS IN TO FIGHT BOBBY LASHLEY FOR THE SHARK FIGHTS TITLE [PRESS RELEASE]

PRESS RELEASE: November 8, 2011

Shark Fights 21Amarillo, TX – One day after confirming Mark Martinez as Bobby Lashley’s new opponent for Shark Fights 21, Shark Fight Promotions was informed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation that Mark Martinez’s blood work has expired and will be unable to compete. Karl Knothe (17-5) now steps in to fight Bobby Lashley (6-1) for the Shark Fights Heavyweight Title at Shark Fights 21 on November 11 in Lubbock, Texas. Knothe’s manager, Gavin Rydell said, “Karl has wanted to fight Bobby Lashley for a while. He’s had some offers before to fight Bobby, but it always fell apart. Karl is excited that not only does he get to fight Bobby Lashley, but it’s also for the Shark Fights Heavyweight Title.” Rydell continues, “Karl is in great shape and ready to fight. He’s been training hard for a boxing match this weekend, but jumped at the opportunity to fight for Shark Fights. He only took the boxing match to stay fresh because no one wanted to fight him in MMA. Karl is ready to bring the belt back to Minnesota.” Knothe has finished his last 12 opponents all within the 1st round.

Knothe was originally set to fight in Shark Fights 17 against Ricco Rodriquez, but because of a misunderstanding, couldn’t make the agreed upon catch weight. Knothe spent the next two hours cutting over twenty pounds, but the commission deemed it too dangerous for him to drop anymore weight. Shark Fights executive Wes Nolen states, “This main event title shot against Bobby Lashley is the perfect opportunity to make it up to Karl for the misunderstanding at Shark Fights 17.” Nolen went on to say, “I want to thank Bobby Lashley for all his patience. After three opponent changes, it would have been very easy for Bobby to call off the fight, but he’s a true fighter that accepted any and all opponents we put in front of him. He has never complained once and just continues to train hard.”

Shark Fights 21 will take place on Friday, November 11, 2011 at The Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas and will be broadcast via tape delay on FUEL TV beginning December 23, 2011. Doors Open at 6:00pm CST. Fights start at 7pm CST. Tickets for Shark Fights 21 are on sale now at www.selectaseatlubbock.com. Tickets are priced at $20, $30, $40, $55, $65, $75, and $100. For more information, or current Shark Fights news, please visit www.sharkfights.com or www.facebook.com/sharkfights. Fight card subject to change.

Main Event:
-Bobby Lashley (6-1) vs Karl Knothe (17-5)

Co-Main Event:
-Tony Bonello (15-1-1) vs Dave Roberts (4-7)

Main Card:
-Cody Pfister (5-3) vs. Isais Martinez (6-3)
-Willie Parks (3-1) vs Anselmo Martinez (7-5)
-Gabe Vasquez (4-4) vs Zach Haney (3-5)

-Daniel Almeida (6-0) vs John King (2-2)
-Cody East (0-0) vs Adenilson Clementino (1-0)
-Matt Hobar (3-0) vs Donnie Frye (3-10)
-Jeremiah Castillo (3-13) vs Zavier Garcia (0-1)
-Brian Joseph (1-0) vs Marcus Baldivia (0-1)

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/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.

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Media Contact for Shark Fights:
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Media and Public Relations
818-333-3694
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Shark Fights 21: Bobby Lashley Faces Mark Martinez for Shark Fights Title Short [PRESS RELEASE]

PRESS RELEASE: November 7, 2011

Shark Fights 21 "BOBBY LASHLEY vs MARK MARTINEZ" Amarillo, TX – Shark Fight Promotions announced today that WWE superstar Bobby Lashely (6-1) will face Shark Fights and King Of The Cage veteran Mark Martinez (4-0) for the Shark Fights Heavyweight Title at Shark Fights 21 on November 11 in Lubbock, Texas. Martinez has a perfect 4-0 record and 2-0 in Shark Fight Promotions. In the co-main event, Tony Bonello (15-1-1) takes on Ultimate Fighter Dave Roberts (4-7) for the Shark Fights Light Heavyweight Title. Shark Fights 21 will be the promotions biggest event of the year with two title fights in one night.

Shark Fights 21 will take place on Friday, November 11, 2011 at The Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas and will be broadcast via tape delay on FUEL TV beginning December 23, 2011. Doors Open at 6:00pm CST. Fights start at 7pm CST. Tickets for Shark Fights 21 are on sale now at www.selectaseatlubbock.com. Tickets are priced at $20, $30, $40, $55, $65, $75, and $100. For more information, or current Shark Fights news, please visit sharkfights.com or facebook.com/sharkfights. Fight card subject to change.

Main Event:
-Bobby Lashley (6-1) vs Mark Martinez (4-0)

Co-Main Event:
-Tony Bonello (15-1-1) vs Dave Roberts (4-7)

Main Card:
-Cody Pfister (5-3) vs. Isais Martinez (6-3)
-Willie Parks (3-1) vs Anselmo Martinez (7-5)
-Gabe Vasquez (4-4) vs Zach Haney (3-5)

Preliminary Bout:
-Daniel Almeida (6-0) vs John King (2-2)
-Cody East (0-0) vs Adenilson Clementino (1-0)
-Matt Hobar (3-0) vs Donnie Frye (3-10)
-Jeremiah Castillo (3-13) vs Zavier Garcia (0-1)
-Brian Joseph (1-0) vs Marcus Baldivia (0-1)

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/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.

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Media Contact for Shark Fights:
George Meng
Media and Public Relations
818-333-3694
pr@sharkfp.com

Darrill Schoonover is out of Shark Fights 21 main event against former WWE Bobby Lashley

Shark Fights- Boobby Lashley vs Darrill Schoonover "Schoonover Out!

According to MMA Junkie Darrill Schoonover is out of Shark Fights 21 main event! Who’s gonna rep Texas and fill this main event slot??

Darrill Schoonover out at Shark Fights 21, Bobby Lashley awaits new opponent
A shoulder injury has forced Shark Fights heavyweight champ Darrill Schoonover (11-5) to withdraw from a fight with Bobby Lashley (6-1) in the headliner of Shark Fights 21.

Sources close to the event today broke the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and said the search for a replacement is underway. Additionally, a source said the headliner is expected to remain a title fight, though details on the bout’s status could not be confirmed.

Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23.

Lashley, who recently signed a three-fight deal with Shark Fights, hasn’t fought since a decision victory over John Ott at Titan Fighting Championships 17 in March. The victory followed his first and only career loss: a second-round TKO (via retirement) to Chad Griggs at “Strikeforce: Houston.”

Schoonover, who’s perhaps best known as a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” recently snapped a five-fight losing skid with a first-round TKO victory over Adam Padilla at a regional show in Texas. All 11 of wins have come via stoppage (six via knockout and five via submission).

A replacement is expected to be announced shortly. Check back with MMAjunkie.com for updates as they become available.

Source MMA Junkie

SHARK FIGHTS 21: Ultimate Fighter Standout Darrill Schoonover Faces Former WWE Bobby Lashley

PRESS RELEASE: October 12, 2011

shark fights 21Amarillo, TX – Shark Fight Promotions announced two title fights for the main and co-main events at Shark Fights 21 on November 11 in Lubbock, Texas. WWE superstar Bobby Lashley (6-1) returns to action to fight for the Shark Fights Heavyweight title against Ultimate Fighter standout Darrill Schoonover (11-5). The co-main event features submission machine Tony Bonello (16-1-1) against UFC veteran David Roberts (5-8) for the Light Heavyweight Championship. Bonello has won 14 of his 16 victories by way of submission. Shark Fights executive Wes Nolen states, “This is going to be a huge night of fights. We wanted to end the year strong with two championship fights in one night. Shark Fights is excited to be going back to Lubbock, Texas. The fans in Lubbock have always been supportive of Shark Fights and we want to put on the biggest show possible for them.”

There have only been a handful of fighters that have garnered more publicity and higher expectations entering MMA than Bobby Lashley. With a chiseled 6’3 – 265lb physique and two national wrestling titles, Lashley was touted as being the most dominate heavyweight to step into the cage since Brock Lesnar (5-2). Lashley currently trains in Irvine, California with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett (30-5). “I’m a new fighter now and I want to show people something different than what they expect of me,” Lashley said. “I’m not going to just take my opponents down and ground and pound them. I’m going for the submission or maybe I will stand up and knock them out.” Lashley is set to debut a whole new set of skills as he renews his run at a title against current Shark Fights Heavyweight Champion Darrill Schoonover. Schoonover was 10-0 at the time of winning the Shark Fights title and wants to prove that Lashley is all hype. Both Lashley and Schoonover are coming off big victories and are ready to take the next step in becoming the Shark Fights Heavyweight Champion.

Shark Fights 21 will take place on Friday, November 11, 2011 at The Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas and will be broadcast via tape delay on FUEL TV beginning December 23, 2011. Doors Open at 6:00pm CST. Fights start at 7pm CST. Tickets for Shark Fights 21 are on sale now at www.selectaseatlubbock.com. Tickets are priced at $20, $30, $40, $55, $65, $75, and $100. 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/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.

Strikeforce Houston Weigh-ins


“King Mo” Lawal, Rafael “Feijao” Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza, Tim Kennedy, Jorge Gurgel, K.J. Noons, Bobby Lashley, and Chad Griggs are set and ready for tomorrow night’s fights!

Courtesy of Strikeforce: Houston Weigh-ins

FINAL WEIGHTS
STRIKEFORCE Light Heavyweight World Championship
King Mo Lawal – 203 3/4 Pounds
Rafael Feijao – 203 1/2 Pounds

STRIKEFORCE Middleweight World Championship
Tim Kennedy – 185 Pounds
Jacare Souza – 184 3/4 Pounds

K.J. Noons – 156 1/4 Pounds
Jorge Gurgel – 154 3/4 Pounds

Bobby Lashley – 246 Pounds
Chad Griggs – 228 1/2 Pounds

NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD
Daniel Cormier – 249 Pounds
Jason Riley – 256 1/2 Pounds

Andre Galvao – 170 3/4 Pounds
Jorge “Macaco” Patino – 170 8/10 Pounds

Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes – 144 1/2 Pounds
Rocky Long – 146 1/4 Pounds

Adam Schindler – 155 1/2 Pounds
Kier Gooch – 155 1/4 Pounds

Jose Santibanez – 154 1/4 Pounds
Reynaldo “The Truth” Trujillo – 155 1/4 Pounds

Chad “Robo” Robichaux – 131 Pounds
Humberto DeLeon – 127 Pounds

Chad Cook – 205 Pounds
Artenas Young – 204 Pounds