Shark Fights Breaks Texas MMA Attendance Record

Shawn SmithCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2009

This past weekend saw a record breaking event in the state of Texas as Amarillo promotion Shark Fight held and outdoor event in front of 10,603 people.  The event “Shark Fights 5.5 – Nothing to Lose” was free to the fans, after the original event was canceled due to bad weather.  The outdoor event, which rarely happens in MMA, was held at Gamboa’s Outdoor Event Center in Amarillo was action packed to say the least as only one of the fights made it to the judges score card.

The event crowned the promotions first featherweight champion as former UFC fighter Doug Evans scored a guillotine choke over Amarillo native Douglas Frey in 60 seconds of the first round.  Afterwards Evans who fights all the way of Alaska dedicated the win to the wife of Shark Fights owner Jim Larson who is battling cancer.

Also on the card was Texas fan favorite Marcus Sursa who made his first appearance at Shark Fight after having to withdraw from his previous three fights due to injury.  Sursa made short work of his opponent dominating the first round and ending the fight very early in the second via triangle choke.  Afterwards Shark Fight match maker Brent Medley promised the fans that Sursa will be up for the first ever Light heavyweight belt in the near future.

WEC and UFC vet Nissan Osterneck won impressively by triangle choke in the first minute of his fight against then undefeated Kyle Bracey.

Shark Fight President Jim Larson had this to say about the event, “Without a doubt there are thousands of devoted fight fans in Texas and we are proud that we were able to put on a free MMA event for them. We were taken back by the tremendous response, it was truly amazing. Fans from all areas of Texas came out in full force on Saturday night to support their local fighters. Seeing so many people in the city come together for this event made it especially rewarding.”

Official Shark Fight 5.5 Results:

Doug Evans defeated Douglas Frey via guillotine Choke at 60 seconds in the 1st round
Marcus Sursa defeated Ricky Shivers via triangle choke at 57 seconds in the 2nd round
Nissan Osterneck defeated Kyle Bracey via triangle choke at 1:05 in the 1st round
Brian Humes defeated Elmar Nicely via rear naked choke at 59 seconds in the 1st round
Rolando Scott defeated Thomas Grissom via TKO at 1:51 in the 3rd round
Heath Dodgen defeated Oscar Granado via unanimous decision
Edgar Santos defeated Conan Kano via knee bar at 2:00 into the 1st round