Regional MMA will be on display tonight in the Panhandle of West Texas when “Shark Fights Five,” the fifth installment from the upstart organization out of Amarillo, TX, puts on “Outdoor Bash and Brawl” from Gamboa’s Outdoor Event Center. In addition to eight MMA fights, the open-air event will feature live music from three different bands.
Shark Fights took a much smaller bite for this event whereas their last one was held in Lubbock, TX at the Citibank Coliseum and featured former UFC fighters Don Frye and Jesse Taylor along with former NFL player, Rex Richards. The most high-profile fighter on the card will be former Zuffa fighter Nissen Osterneck, and former UFC lightweight fighter Doug Evans.
Nissen started out his MMA career going 5-0 but stumbled in his WEC debut getting TKO-ed by Jake Rosholtat WEC 36. He got a chance to redeem himself at UFC Fight Night 18 when he took on UFC veteran Jorge Rivera but dropped a split decision. Osterneck will look to go get his career back on track when he takes on undefeated newcomer Kyle Bracey.
The main event will crown Shark Fights first featherweight champion.
Douglas Frey will take on Doug Evans to determine who the best 145 pound fighter is competing in the Lone Star State. With that title to be determined tonight, Shark Fights will have champions at the featherweight, welterweight and heavyweight divisions. TJ Waldburger will be making the first defense of his welterweight title. Waldburger captured the welterweight belt at Shark Fights Four, when he submitted Shannon Rich in the first round.
The upstart organization’s most promising fighter is their Heavyweight Champion Darrill Schoonover.
Schoonover, who holds a perfect 10-0 MMA record, defeated Rex Richards to capture the Heavyweight title at Shark Fights Four. He is currently a competitor on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, alongside Kimbo Slice. For Shark Fights, while they are wishing the best for their heaviest champion, they have to be hoping he doesn’t go all the way and win a UFC contract.
While this event may not have the Texas-sized heat in terms of marketable fighters don’t be lulled into a false sense of a tepid future. Shark Fights has big ambitions in the MMA world so look out of the little fight promotion that could in the not to distant future.
Here is the full line up for Shark Fights 5:
145 pounds: Douglas Frey (5-1) vs. Doug Evans (9-4) Featherweight title fight
205 pounds: Lodune Sincaid(14-7) vs. Marcus Sursa (9-4)
185 pounds: Nissen Osterneck (5-2) vs. Kyle Bracey (6-0)
170 pounds: Anselmo Martinez (4-1) vs. TJ Waldburger (10-5) Welterweight title fight
265 pounds: Brian Humes (4-0) vs. Elmore Nicely (0-0)
170 pounds: Derek Campos (3-1) vs. Thomas Grissom (5-2)
170 pounds: Oscar Granado (1-2) vs. Heath Dodgen (1-0)
205 pounds: Conan Kano (3-3) vs. Edgar Santos (0-0)
Thanks to Brian Oswald for the help on this article.