Shark Fights was at it again last night (Nov.11, 2011), holding its latest event, Shark Fights 21: "Lashley vs. Knoth" from the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas.
And the organization crowned another heavyweight champion.
Former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley claimed the heavyweight title, which was vacated by The Ultimate FIghter (TUF) alum, Darill Schoonover, defeating Karl Knothe via submission in the very first round. Lashley was able to catch "The Original Son of Punishment" in an Americana hold early. And it was all she wrote from that point forward with Knothe forced to tap at the 3:44 mark in the opening stanza.
Knothe, who was riding a 12-fight win streak heading into the fight, stepped in on three days notice after a trio of opponents dropped out of the fight. Lashley, the American Top Team (ATT) member, worked closely with Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finalist, Josh Barnett, in preparation for this title bout.
Lashley's win makes it two in a row since losing to Chad Griggs at Strikeforce: "Houston" on Aug. 21, 2010, bringing his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record to 7-1.
Shark Fights 21, which only saw one bout go to decision, is scheduled to air on FUEL TV on Dec. 23, 2011. In the meantime, check out full results of Shark Fights 21 after the jump.
250 lbs.: Bobby Lashley def. Karl Knothe via submission (americana) at 3:44 round one
250 lbs.: Cody East def. Adenelson Clementino viat TKO at 1:15 round one
155 lbs.: Cody Pfister def. Isias Martinez via TKO at 4:09 round two
205 lbs.: Warren Stewart def. Gabe Vasquez via submission ( rear naked choke) at 3:46 round one
205 lbs.: John King def Daniel De Almeida via split decision
205 lbs.: Rashad Coulter drf. Chase Watson via TKO at 2:39 round three
145 lbs.: Jon Voth def. Jeremiah Castillo via submission (arm bar) at 2:27 round 1
145 lbs.: Matt Hobar def. Marcus Baldivia via submission (north-south choke) at :53 round one
For more on Shark Fights 21 be sure to check out our comprehensive event archive right here.