Join us tonight, July 15th, for live results and commentary of Shark Fights 17, airing live on HDNet at 10:00 PM ET. The event will be headlined by a rematch between former UFC veterans Matt Horwich and Jake Rosholt. Horwich won the first encounter via TKO in the third round in a contest last November. Former UFC champion Ricco Rodriguez will also be on the card, but his opponent is undetermined at the moment as Karl Knothe came in severely overweight at the weigh-ins. Shark Fights is actively looking for an opponent, although the fight may be scrapped altogether.
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Shark Fights 17: Horwich vs. Rosholt II
July 15, 2011
Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas
Jake Rosholt def. Matt Horwich via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ricco Rodriguez def. Doug Williams via submission (rear naked choke), 2:16, Round 1.
Emanuel Newton def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Erik Perez def. Douglas Frey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alan Jouban def. Andrew Goldthwaite via TKO, 2:37, Round 3.
Play-by-play after the fold...
Round 1: Rosholt starts the action with a couple of leg kicks. He's pressing the pace, although it's very subdued early. Horwich throwing a few punches, but Rosholt is getting the better of the early exchanges. As I type that, Horwich runs forward, peppering Rosholt's chin with blows and initiating the clinch. Rosholt turns Horwich to the fence and escapes, landing a body kick as he backs away. Horwich moves forward, landing two or three blows and initiating another clinch. Roshot buries Horwich into the fence, and once again lands a body kick as he backs out. Back to center, and Rosholt and Horwich awkwardly exchange. Nothing significant until the 30 second mark when Rosholt finally shoots. Horwich falls to his back, but Rosholt isn't going into Horwich's guard. Rosholt landing blows from a standing position as the round ends. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Rosholt.
Round 2: More running man offense from Horwich as he moves forward early, landing on Rosholt. Rosholt escapes along the fence, and gets Horwich to the ground, punching Horwich from a standing position and avoiding the grappling game. Horwich escapes to his feet, and the ugly stand-up exchanges continue. Horwich lands a solid hook, and Rosholt presses him into the cage to avoid any more damage. Both men try to land knees, but narrowly miss. And we're back to center. Brief exchanges on the feet with neither fighter getting the better of one another, but Rosholt edges Horwich in that round. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Rosholt.
Round 3: Horwich comes out and tries to climb onto Rosholt, but Rosholt throws Horwich off easily. Horwich escapes back to his feet after a brief period of eating blows from Rosholt in a standing position. Now in the fence with Rosholt in the dominant position. Horwich evades, and Rosholt backs away. The ensuing scramble sees Rosholt throw a flying knee, and Horwich counters by coming forward and attempting to land a flurry of blows. Horwich leaves the exchange with a cut over his right eye. Horwich, again, drives forward, throwing short punches and landing. Unfortunately, they don't have a whole lot of mustard behind them. Rosholt easily absorbs them and puts Horwich on his back. Horwich tries to slip under, but Rosholt easily pushes Horwich away and avoids the ground war. Back to the feet, Horwich latches onto Rosholt along the fence. Rosholt escapes once again. Story of this fight. Horwich trying to get this fight to the ground and Rosholt easily defending. Horwich throws a kick, and Rosholt puts him on his back. Rosholt now punching from a standing position with only 20 seconds left. Horwich pops to his feet, and Rosholt lands a spinning back fist. Round ends. Rosholt should easily win this. BloodyElbow.com scores it 10-9 Rosholt. Jake Rosholt def. Matt Horwich via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Heavyweight: Ricco Rodriguez vs. Doug Williams
Round 1: Brief feeling out period turns ugly as Ricco lands in top control after a takedown. He's now in full mount near the fence. Transitions to an armbar, but reverts back to mount after realizing he didn't have the correct position. Ricco now landing elbows. Williams turns to avoid the blows, and Ricco sinks the rear naked choke under the chin easily. Williams taps. Ricco Rodriguez def. Doug Williams via submission (rear naked choke), 2:16, Round 1.
Light Heavyweight: Emanuel Newton vs. Ilir Latifi
Round 1: Newton is cautious early, obviously aware that Latifi has the wrestling to be a threat. Newton lands a leg kick, and Latifi unleashes an overhand over the top, missing narrowly. More of the same, and Newton eventually pays for it as Latifi lands a mean overhand to the blocking hand of Newton. Despite the block, it still rattled Newton. Out of nowhere, Latifi explodes, unleashing a barrage of overhands while Newton is trying to counter. The toe-to-toe exchange is wild with no one really landing cleanly. Both men clinch up along the fence. Now, a positional battle ensues as both men jockey for position. Neither man gets the advantage and they separate with one minute left in the round. More kicks from Newton, and Latifi backpedals away. Latifi much more subdued for some reason, even though Newton isn't landing cleanly. BloodyElbow.com scores the round narrowly for Emanuel Newton, 10-9.
Round 2: More of the same from Newton in the second, leading with a high kick and following up with punches. Latifi is backing away, not really trying to counter as he did early in the first. Latifi works into the clinch, briefly lifts Newton up, but Newton defends by threatening with a guillotine lock. Latifi smartly lets go, avoiding the threat and separating. Back to the Newton lead high kick and Latifi backpedaling. Ugh. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Emanuel Newton.
Round 3: More of the same in the third, although Latifi is showing a bit more activity. Latifi finally lands a big blow to the body, but falls into the clinch. Newton surprises by tripping Latifi to the floor. Newton can't capitalize, however, as Latifi pops back up and resets. After a couple of minutes of whiffing at air, Newton and Latifi finally clash. Unfortunately, neither man lands cleanly, and they both reset to the center of the cage. Another toe-to-toe exchange along the fence, Latifi is missing wildly while Newton is glancing blows off Latifi's body and chin. Round ends. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Newton. Emanuel Newton def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Featherweight: Erik Perez vs. Douglas Frey
Round 1: Frey and Perez go toe-to-toe immediately. Frey getting the better of the exchanges as he's using his Muay Thai ability to batter Perez along with his lengthy reach advantage. Perez now landing a few nice blows as Frey opens up. Frey also landing, and Perez is leaking out of his nose at the halfway mark. Perez shoots for the takedown, briefly staggering Frey to the floor. Frey defends, but succumbs to Perez's attempt to gain back control. Perez sinks in the rear naked choke immediately, and it looked tight for a second. Frey turns out of it and into top control. But Perez immediately latches on the arm and transitions to an armbar attempt. Frey escapes, then attempts to latch onto a guillotine choke. It slips out and he's now on his baack with Perez working from the top. Frey scrambles, and Perez takes advantage with his better grappling skills, landing in full mount. Frey eats some elbows, turns his back, and Perez once again sinks in the rear naked choke. Frey squirms free. Perez immediately works to full mount and begins bombing Frey. Round ends. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Erik Perez.
Round 2: Frey lands the better strikes from range early, but his forward momentum puts him right into the clinch with Perez, who brings the fight down. Frey counters and slips his arm underneath Perez's chin, pulling guard and attempting a guillotine. It looked tight for a second, but Perez slipped out, gaining top control from the escape. After a couple of minutes of Perez attempting to work to a better position, Frey escapes to his feet, only to be taken down immediately by Perez into half guard. Perez moves to full mount and begins landing blows to the head. Frey turns to avoid the damage, and Perez clinges to his back while also locking down a body triangle. Perez doesn't seem to have the strength to tap Frey with the RNC, and the round ends with Frey defending. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Perez.
Round 3: Frey glances a few blows of Perez's chin early, but inevitably falls into a close quarters battle with Perez despite having a 6" reach advantage. Sigh. Frey attempts a guillotine, but misses badly. Perez now in top control in Frey's closed guard. Referee stands the fighters back up for inactivity, and the action restarts at center. Frey is visibly tired now, and it looks like Perez should cruise to victory barring a knockout by Frey. Perez presses to the cage and ensures victory with a late takedown with only one minute left. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Perez. Erik Perez def. Douglas Frey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Alan Jouban vs. Andrew Goldthwaite
Round 1: Goldthwaite presses early with strikes into the fence. Jouban ducks under and counters with a strong takedown to the mount into side control. Goldthwaite attempting to work his way to half guard as Jouban spins in side control. Goldthwaite eventually gets back to his feet, but Jouban drops him back down to the mount, moving from north-south to side control. Jouban attempts to step over to mount, but Goldthwaite catches the leg and latches on into half guard. Jouban postures up and Goldthwaite sneaks out and attempts to stand. Jouban counters once again, slamming Goldthwaite to the floor. Now in full mount, Jouban begins dropping elbows, then slips the leg over Goldthwaite's head, cinching in a triangle from the top. He turns, locks it in, but the bell saves Goldthwaite. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Jouban.
Round 2: Goldthwaite starting strong once again in the opening moments of the round, throwing strong kicks and trying to catch Jouban sleeping. Jouban countering with kicks, eventually dropping Goldthwaite to a knee from a nasty kick. He follows it up and Goldthwaite is hurting from the thigh blow. Goldthwaite is standing tenderly now, and Jouban presses for the kill. Goldthwaite is flat footed, not moving at all, and Jouban is wrecking him. Jouban finally lunges and lands a nice left, putting Goldthwaite to the canvas. Goldthwaite survives the onslaught. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-8 Jouban.
Round 3: Both fighters hit the fence in the clinch and Goldthwaite gains the top position in the opening seconds of the round. Jouban attempts to lock down the rubber guard while landing short punches to the head from his back. Goldthwaite isn't doing anything on the ground of substance. He finally moves over Jouban's leg, but can't seem to slide up on Jouban's torso. The referee has had enough and stands the fight back up. Goldthwaite restarts with some kicks, and Jouban counters with a left high kick followed by a four-punch combination that knocks out Goldthwaite. Impressive win for Alan Jouban. Alan Jouban def. Andrew Goldthwaite via TKO, 2:37, Round 3.