PRESS RELEASE / Amarillo, TX. – August 10, 2010 – Shark Fight Promotions announced today that UFC veteran Paul Daley will step into the cage with American Top Team fighter, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal September 11th at Shark Fights 13 in Amarillo, Texas. This will be Daley’s first bout in the U.S. following his highly publicized departure from the UFC.
According to Brent Medley, president of Shark Fight Promotions, “Choosing the right opponent to face a high-level contender like Daley was not easy. Numerous A-list fighters were under consideration. When we heard that Jorge Masvidal wanted to return to the welterweight division after several grueling weight cuts from 185lbs to 155lbs, he became our clear choice. We immediately approached Masvidal about the bout and he did not hesitate to step up to the challenge.”
Medley went on to say, “We feel that this is a very compelling match up. Daley and Masvidal are both highly skilled marquee fighters, with fight styles that match up well. Masvidal, who has been a dominating force in the lightweight division, is determined to prove that he’s an even bigger threat as a welterweight. Defeating Paul Daley would send that message loud and clear, but it won’t be easy. This is going to be a very exciting fight!”
Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal (20-5) is a former AFC Welterweight Champion and Bellator Fighting Championships veteran. He holds notable wins over UFC standout Joe Lauzon, former IFL lightweight champ Ryan Schultz, UFC and PRIDE veteran Yves Edwards, former Sengoku lightweight title-holder Satoru Kitaoka, and most recently Naoyuki Kotani.
In addition to Paul Daley vs. Jorge Masvidal, the impressive Shark Fights 13 main event roster includes Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander, Drew McFedries vs. Joey Villasenor, and a fifth fight yet to be announced. The event will be available on PPV.