Shark Fights 17:

Horwich vs. Rosholt II (Full Fight Card)

Live on HDNet

July 15, 2011

Dr. Pepper Arena

Frisco, Texas



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 and all Ticketmaster

retail locations. For more information, or current Shark Fights news, please visit .

Fight card subject to change.


Main Event:

-Matt Horwich (26-18-1) vs. Jake Rosholt (11-3)


Co-Main Event:

-Ricco Rodriquez (46-11) vs. Karl Knothe (19-6)


Main Card:

-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)


Preliminary Bout:

-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)


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.


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Subject to change