Shark Fights 13 took place earlier this evening at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas.
In the night’s main event, Keith Jardine looked to end a four-fight losing streak against Trevor Prangley.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou met Houston Alexander in an explosive light heavyweight match-up.
Joey Villasenor took on Danillo Villefort in a middleweight bout.
Paul Daley met Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight bout.
Brock Larson faced Tarec Saffiedine in a welterweight match-up.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Trevor Prangley defeats Keith Jardine via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Houston Alexander defeats Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Paul Daley defeats Jorge Masvidal via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Danillo Villefort defeats Joey Villasanor via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Tarec Saffiedine defeats Brock Larson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ronnie Mann defeats Douglas Evans via Split Decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
- Paul Bradley defeats Johnny Reese via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Aaron Rosa defeats Devin Cole via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Daniel Straus defeats Karen Darabedyan via Unanimous Decision
- Eric Davila defeats Pete Spratt via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round Two
Before I get to the fights, I have to note that every time the camera pans across the broadcasting table you see Don Frye wearing a giant American flag presumably for 9/11. It’s awesome, and so is Frye and Bas Rutten’s commentary. You probably wouldn’t want them working major shows together (well, some of us might), but for this they’re perfect. Like a couple of old zany vets telling war stories and saying stuff they shouldn’t. Hilarious.
Brock Larson vs. Tarec Saffiedine: It wasn’t the most exciting fight you’ve ever seen to kick off the main card. Tarec Saffiedine basically outworked Brock Larson over the course of three rounds. Saffiedine was sharper on the feet and shut Larson down every time he went for the takedown. Saffiedine didn’t inflict a ton of damage, but he landed enough strikes and controlled enough of the action to make it easy for the judges to score.
Joey Villasanor vs. Danillo Villefort: It was another one-sided fight in the second fight of the main card. Danillo Villefort dominated Joey Villasenor on the ground for the majority of three rounds to earn the unanimous decision. Villasenor scored some on the feet, but once Villefort put him on his back, he had trouble making his way back to his feet. He hung tough and fended off a couple submission attempts, but he didn’t mount enough offense to steal away any rounds.
Paul Daley vs. Jorge Masvidal: I figured this fight would have been a barnburner. It wasn’t. Jorge Masvidal played it very defensively on the feet. He stayed out of range, looked for openings, and shot in for the takedown when he saw them. Because of that, Paul Daley failed to inflict any significant damage on the feet. Masvidal’s problem was he failed to mount any offense once he put Daley on his back. Daley would either escape back to his feet or tie Masvidal up until the ref stood them back up. Really the only significant offense came late in the third when Daley managed to put Masvidal on his back twice and started to drop bombs. The last flurry had the potential to be fight ending but the bell rung before we could find out. Still, it probably stole the decision away from Masvidal.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander: Here’s the fireworks we were waiting for. Houston Alexander somehow survived a first round beatdown to come back and deliver a beatdown of his own. Sokoudjou rocked Houston in the first with a big overhand right to the temple. Houston spent the next two minutes hanging on to Sokoudjou’s leg for dear life as he ate unanswered blow by unanswered blow. By the end of it, he was wobbly and clearly fighting on pure instinct, but still managed to reverse Sokoudjou on the ground before the round ended. Houston started the second a little shaky, but gained his composure, landed a couple quick jabs, then drilled Sokoudjou with a flying knee. Then he proceeded to literally beat Sokoudjou down to the ground and unloaded a barrage of strikes as Sokoudjou laid there covering up. It was a heck of a comeback for Houston, reminiscent of his breakout performances in the UFC.
Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley: Keith Jardine’s road back to the UFC didn’t start in Amarillo, Texas. Jardine dropped his fifth straight fight to veteran Trevor Prangley in an entertaining main event. Prangley took the first two rounds on damage. In the first, he drilled Jardine with a knee to the face and opened up a nasty cut above his eye. In the second, he stunned Jardine with a counter right and followed it up with a flurry that just missed putting Jardine out on the mat. Jardine stepped up his game in the third though and put a good beating on Prangley in a thrilling final minute, but it proved to be too little too late as two judges rightfully awarded Prangley the decision. Another really tough loss for Keith Jardine.
All in all, it was fun night of fights, plus three hours of Don Frye and Bas Rutten. The latter alone was worth the price of the pay-per-view. The production wasn’t the greatest, but it wasn’t bad either, basically what you would expect from a smaller promotion like Shark Fights. If they put together another solid card and bring back the legendary commentating team of Rutten and Frye, I’d tune in for another show.
Don Frye seemed to enjoy it too. He summed up the evening like this: “That was like two hours of hard, rough sex. I need a shot of tequila and a cigarette now.”
Fight of the Night: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou & Houston Alexander
Bonus info via MMA Junkie