Shark Fights 18 Invades Reno, Nevada

on August 19, 2011


Main Event: Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Wetherspoon

Co-Main Event: Emanual Netwon vs. Ricky Shivers

August 19, 2011

John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino Resort

Reno, Nevada



Amarillo, TX. – Shark Fight Promotions announces Shark Fights 18, their first event in Reno, Nevada

at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino Resort on August 19, 2011. The main event pairs popular

Ultimate Fighter and UFC vet Shane Nelson (13-5) against former King of the Cage Champion Aaron

Wetherspoon (8-3). Ultimate Fighter 8 contestant Shane Nelson, coached by two-time UFC Champion BJ

Penn, holds notable wins over George Roop and a 44- second TKO over Aaron Riley in the UFC. Nelson is

coming off a 15- month layoff with a submission victory over Jai Bradney in Australia. Former KOTC

Champion Aaron Wetherspoon spent his past two years away from the sport and made his return with a

decision victory over Nick Reale. Wetherspoon was the longest reigning KOTC Welter Weight Champion

and holds notable victories over Jeremiah Metcalf, Laverne Clark, and Thomas Kenny.


The co-main event features 6’6 BJJ black belt sensation Ricky Shivers (10-5-1) against hard hitting Kings

MMA star Emanual Newton (15-6-1). In Shivers last fight, he finished KOTC vet Tony Lopez with a first round

arm bar. Both fighters are on a three fight win streak. Shivers has finished his last three opponents via

submission and Newton is coming off a hard fought decision victory over Ilir Latifi at Shark Fights 17.


Shark Fights 18 also features BJJ World Champion and Blackhouse Team Nogueira fighter Adriano

Camolese (4-1), King of the Cage vet Ruben "Warpath" Villareal (19-21-3), and knockout artist Dave

Huckaba (15-4). Camolese is the training partner of UFC superstars Antonio Nogueira, Anderson Silva, and

Junior Dos Santos. Warpath and Huckaba have made their names synonymous with knockouts. Warpath

has finished eleven of his nineteen fights via knockout and Huckaba has thirteen knockouts in fifteen

victories. Shark Fights 18 guarantees to be an exciting night of fights.


Shark Fights 18 will take place on Friday, August 19, 2011 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino

Resort in Sparks, Nevada and will be broadcast via tape delay on Fuel TV beginning September 2. Doors

Open at 6pm PST. Fights start at 7pm PST. Tickets for Shark Fights 18 are on sale this Wednesday, July

27. Tickets are priced from $20 to $120. Tickets are available at and all Ticketmaster retail locations, John Ascuaga’s Nugget, IFC Gym, and Carnal

Dammage. For more information, or current Shark Fights news, please visit or Fight card subject to change.


About Shark Fight Promotions:

Texas based Shark Fight Promotions, founded in 2007, is an integrated entertainment and media company

in the combat sports industry, committed to producing high quality fight events and effectively showcasing

elite MMA talent. The company is engaged in the production, promotion, presentation and marketing of

premier professional mixed martial arts fighting competitions. As an integrated entertainment and media

company, Shark Fight Promotions is organized around three principal business activities: Live Event

Promotions, Broadcast Television and Digital Media Production and Distribution, Sponsorship and Brand

Licensing. As Mixed Martial Arts continues its dominance as the fastest growing sport in the world, Shark

Fights is poised to become one of the top fight promotions in the industry.


Shark Fight Promotions can be followed via Facebook at and and via Twitter at



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