MMA: Three Reasons To Watch Shark Fights 13 This Weekend
When there comes a weekend when none of the major players in the MMA game put forward a pay-per-view event, it would lead you to believe that you are going to have a fight free weekend and save a dime or two along the way.
However, Shark Fights are putting on a solid fight card this weekend — Shark Fights are a mixed martial arts organization based in Amarillo, Texas.
They have been putting on MMA events for almost two years now and for their 13th event they have thrown all their eggs into one basket to showcase one of the better looking fight cards put forward by a non-Zuffa organization in quite some time.
Here's why you should spend that little bit extra and get a lot in return this Saturday night.
1. Mix of Talent
All in all, Shark Fights have put forward 10 mixed martial artists—all of whom have their own element which makes their fight unique.
One of the best things about Shark Fights 13 is the incredible mix of talent. There are established names in the MMA world such as Keith Jardine, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Paul Daley and Houston Alexander who all bring plenty of experience and name exposure to this great organization.
But along with that you have plenty of skilled fighters who don't carry that name value—men like Bellator Season 1 stand out Jorge Masvidal or Ronnie Mann, who some of you may recognize from Sengoku's Featherweight Grand Prix last year.
Together you have a mixed card with veteran names looking to prove that they aren't washed up all the way down to little-known mixed martial artists looking to put their name on the map.
2. Sherdog Preliminary Bouts
Before you tune in to the pay-per-view you have the opportunity to watch all five preliminary bouts from Shark Fights 13 on leading mixed martial arts website Sherdog.com.
Other organizations such as Strikeforce have aired selected preliminary bouts on Sherdog however this is the first time that a complete five-bout under card has been streamed live for a free audience over the Internet.
And they did not give you a boring slection of fights to watch neither — the preliminary portion of the night will be headlined by a Featherweight Championship bout between defending Champion Douglas Evans and Ronnie Mann.
Also, former WEC combatant Karen Darabedyan looks to get back to his winning ways following two disappointing defeats.
He will face rising star Daniel Straus who brings in a 12-3 record and a well rounded skill set.
And veteran of the UFC, Pete Spratt looks to make quick work of Shark Fights stand out Eric Davila in the opening bout of the evening.
All in all, Sherdog is going to put forward a very interesting fight card this Saturday night.
3. Three Main Event Quality Bouts
Shark Fights have went out of their way to get the best talent possible for their upcoming Shark Fights 13 event and as a result have put forward three main-event quality bouts.
The first—possibly the forgotten bout on this card, disgraced former UFC combatant, Paul Daley looks to keep riding the wave of post-Zuffa success with a victory over Jorge Masvidal.
Masvidal has made a name for himself competing for a number of organizations such as Bodog, Strikeforce, Sengoku and most notably Bellator and this may very well be the biggest fight of his career to date.
Both men have heavy hands and have no trouble throwing them, all in all this will be an exciting clash and likely your fight of the night.
The co-main event of the evening pits two former UFC stand outs against one another.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou has been pretty inconsistent since leaving the big time fight promotion but has won his past two bouts and looks to make it three.
His opponent, Houston Alexander got cut from the UFC this past year following a horrible showing against former backyard fighter Kimbo Slice. Since then he has went 1-1 and now has The African Assasin in his sights.
Another feet based affair with two deadly strikers, either man could leave victorious in that one.
And your main event of the evening, the much anticipated return of "The Dean of Mean" since being cut from the UFC after a four-fight losing streak.
His opponent, Trevor Prangley has also competed in the UFC as well as Bodog and Strikeforce however has not tasted victory in over a year but looks to change that with a huge upset over a notable name in this sport.
This is the "make or break" night for Keith Jardine, so expect fireworks in this one.