Amarillo, TX. - July 7, 2011 - Jake Rosholt (11-3) earns his highly anticipated rematch against BJJ Black Belt Matt Horwich (26-18-1) as they face off in the Main Event of Shark Fights 17, Friday July 15th, in Frisco, Texas.
Since losing to Horwich, Jake Rosholt has been on a rampage with four first round victories earning him the rematch. Former IFL Champion, Matt Horwich is looking to rebound after his hard fought decision loss to Shark Fights superstar Danillo Villefort at Shark Fights 14. Horwich holds notable wins over Krzysztof Soszynski, Mike Pyle, Benji Radach, and Thales Leites.
Shark Fights 17 co-main event features former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriquez (46-11) as he puts his eleven fight win streak on the line against submission guru Karl Knothe (19-6), riding his own twelve fight win streak. Ricco's eleven fight win streak ties the longest of his career, where he defeated Randy Couture, Andre Arlovski, and Jeff Monson. Besting Ricco's win streak by one, Karl Knothe has finished his last 12 opponents all within the 1st round.
"I am very excited and honored to be fighting for Shark Fights and HDNet. Shark Fights is one of the top tier promotions," said Rodriguez. "I've been doing my research and preparing for a tough fight. Karl is a very scrappy fighter with tons of experience. Neither of us wants to lose our winning streaks, so be prepared for a fight to be remembered."
Also on this amazing Shark Fights 17 card is an exciting light heavyweight matchup, as hard hitting Ilir Latifi (4-1) battles Kings MMA sensation Emanual Newton (14-6-1), while rising middleweight submission superstar Daniel "Jacare" Almeida (6-1) faces off with Bellator vet Doug Williams (6-12).
"Shark Fights strives to give the fans what they want and they demanded a Horwich/Rosholt rematch. With both combatants having something to prove this is going to be war," said Shark Fights Executive Wes Nolen. "Shark Fights is thrilled to have a show in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. We love the fans there and they are going to be impressed with this fight card. This is going to be an exciting night of fights."
Shark Fights 17 will take place on Friday, July 15th at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas live on HDNet. Doors Open at 6pm CT. Fights start at 7pm CT. Tickets for Shark Fights 17 are on sale now. Tickets are priced at $125, $100, $60, $40, $30 and $20. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster retail locations. For more information, or current Shark Fights news, please visit www.sharkfights.com . Fight card subject to change.
-Matt Horwich (26-18-1) vs Jake Rosholt (11-3)
-Ricco Rodriquez (46-11) vs Karl Knothe (19-6)
-Emanual Newton (14-6-1) vs. Ilir Latifi (4-1)
-Erik Perez (7-5) vs Douglas Frey (9-6)
-Daniel Almeida (6-1) vs Doug Williams (6-12)
-Quaint Kempf (3-1) vs Victor Hernandez (3-13)
-Alan Jouban (1-1) vs Andrew Goldthwaite (1-0)
-Jay Flores (1-2) vs Matt Hober (2-0)
-Brad Cox (2-0) vs Russell Brewer (2-0)