Shark Fights 13: "Jardine vs. Prangley" is all set for tonight (Sept. 11) at the Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas. The promotion has an action packed, five-fight main card booked for the pay-per-view extravaganza which begins at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Former UFC stand out Keith Jardine will collide with MMA journeyman Trevor Prangley in the night's featured bout, and there are four other very exciting match ups on tap as well.
Paul Daley, Jorge Masvidal, Rameau Thierry Soukoudjou, Houston Alexander, Joey Villasenor, Danillo Villefort and others will be in action.
To help get you better prepared for the festivities, I've given some analysis and predictions for some of the featured main card bouts.
Check it out below.
Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley
Jardine has dropped four straight fights and six out of his last eight overall, which is why he's no longer employed by the UFC. He's made it clear that he intends to get back into the Octagon sooner rather than later, though, and a win over a strong wrestler with an impressive record like Prangley would be a fantastic first step in that quest.
I believe he's hungry enough to pull it off.
Prangley is a better wrestler, and he's probably physically stronger, too, but Jardine has dealt with those types of fighters several times in the UFC, and on top of that, his day to day training partners are probably better MMA wrestlers than Prangley anyway. Trevor isn't going to show him anything he hasn't seen before.
Prangley, on the other hand, has never faced a guy like Jardine before, with his jerky movements and unorthodox striking angles. "The Dean of Mean" has a clear advantage on the feet, and the longer the fight stays there, the more points he's going to rack up with leg kicks and punch combinations.
That weird style of movement that he uses makes it difficult for wrestlers to time takedown attempts, and the Greg Jackson pupil is also devastating with his flurries as guys try to close the distance on him.
I've got Jardine. I think Prangley is tough enough to go the distance, but there's no way Jardine gets out-worked in this fight.
Final prediction: Keith Jardine via decision
Rameau "The African Assassin" Soukoudjou vs. Houston "The Assassin" Alexander
The promoter for this event went ahead and guaranteed a knockout of some type in this fight. That seems likely, but I wouldn't guarantee it.
Alexander blew us all away with his first two fights under the UFC banner, but then he was stopped early in his next two. And since then he hasn't had the same killer instinct. He's slowed down on the aggression and has incorporated more kicks and counter striking into his arsenal.
Soukoudjou's counter striking and kicking game has always been there, though, and people forget that he has great judo skills as well. I believe he's better on his feet than Alexander, and more willing to exchange, not to mention more well rounded. If the stand and trade approach isn't working for him, he should be better in the clinch and he should be able to score takedowns if he needs points.
Alexander has improved his movement on his feet, which will make him a harder target to hit, but he certainly won't win this fight by circling around the cage all night. As long as Soukoudjou doesn't allow himself to get frustrated, he should be able to win this fight.
Both guys can punch a hole through a brick wall, though, so anything can happen. You might as well flip a coin, but I'm taking "The African Assassin."
Final prediction: Soukoudjou via knockout
Paul "Semtex" Daley vs. Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal
The promoter should have been eying this fight too if he was going to start guaranteeing knockouts. Both of these guys are heavy hitters who love to bang with their opponents, and both guys have serious knockout power.
Unfortunately for Masvidal, there aren't many, if any at all, welterweights in the world who can successfully stand and trade with "Semtex."
If Masvidal is smart he won't want any part of a stand up battle with the Brit and he'll look to exploit Daley's weak ground game instead, like others have had success with in the past. The good news for Masvidal is that his wrestling is better than Daley's. The bad news is that he's not Jake Shields or Josh Koscheck in that department.
I don't believe Masvidal has what it takes to take Daley down and keep him there. I think "Semtex" is stronger, and I'm guessing that he's been working tirelessly on takedown defense since getting blanketed by "Kos."
I see (T)KO win number 19 coming up for Daley, and I can't wait to watch it.
Final prediction: Paul Daley via knockout
"Smokin" Joey Villasenor vs. Danillo "Indio" Villefort
I'm a big "Smokin" Joe fan, and I have him winning this fight by (T)KO.
"Indio" is well rounded and he has excellent jiu jitsu. But jiu jitsu doesn't seem to bother Villasenor. He hasn't been submitted in a fight since 2000, and he has finished ten opponents by submission himself. Plus he's coming off a solid performance against a much better, much more athletic jiu jitsu practitioner than Villefort in current Strikeforce middleweight champion "Jacare" Souza.
Sure, he lost that fight, but he gained momentum as the fight went on, and had that been a five rounder, Greg Jackson may have added another championship belt to his training resume that night.
Consider also that Villasenor has twelve career wins by (technical) knockout and that all three of Villefort's losses have come by stoppage from strikes.
I look for a highlight reel type finish from "Smokin" Joe in this one.
Final prediction: Joey Villasenor via (T)KO
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Brock Larson
I liked what I saw out of Saffiedine in his two bouts for Strikeforce, but Larson is a step up in competition for him.
Tarec has a background in karate, with some judo and ground training incorporated in there as well. He's well rounded and is not at all scared to trade strikes on his feet. That's probably where his best chance to win this fight is.
However, Larson is ridiculously strong, and I don't think Saffiedine will be able to stay off his back. Tarec has excellent athleticism, but Brock is not a guy that you want to have on top of you (unless you're Carlos Condit.) That's where I think he wins this fight. Ground and pound and top control should be the difference for him.
Final prediction: Brock Larson via decision
That's a wrap. Sound off with your predictions in the comments section below.