PRESS RELEASE / Amarillo, TX. – August 25, 2010 – Shark Fight Promotions announced today that UFC veteran Brock Larson will face Strikeforce sensation Tarec Saffiedine at the Shark Fights 13 pay-per-view event in September. “Shark Fights – Jardine vs. Prangley” will take place Saturday, September 11, at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas.
According to Brent Medley, president of Shark Fight Promotions, “We feel that Larson and Saffiedine are a great addition to our pay-per-view roster. Larson, a seasoned UFC and WEC veteran, was originally slated for the under card, but we feel his bout against Saffiedine is worthy of live pay-per-view coverage. Larson is back on track and determined to make it back into the UFC. He knows that losing is not an option. Standing in his way is Saffiedine, an explosive MMA fighter that hails from Belgium.”
Medley went on to say; “Saffiedine is a well-rounded fighter and rising star in the Strikeforce welterweight division. He has fought in a number of promotions around the world including DREAM in Japan, and holds notable wins over PRIDE veteran Seichi Ikemoto, James Terry and Nate Moore. Both fighters are hungry for this win. Fans can expect an exciting, action packed fight to kick off the night!”
Larson (29-4-0), a seasoned UFC and WEC veteran, who trains out of Brooklyn Center, MN at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, has his sites on redemption and returning to the UFC. Larson kicked off his fight career in 2002 with an impressive twelve-fight win streak. He now boasts 29 wins in 33 MMA fights and has been featured on several recognized top-ten welterweight rankings throughout his career. Larson holds notable wins over top-notch fighters such as Mike Pyle and John Alessio and is currently riding a three-fight win streak.
Saffiedine (9-2-0) is a black belt in Shihaishinkai Karate, a style of Karate that includes striking, Judo throws, and ground fighting. He also boasts an amateur kickboxing record of 12-1-1. Saffiedine, who began his professional mixed-martial-arts fight career in his native Belgium, now trains out of Temecula, California at Team Quest. He is determined to gain MMA recognition in the U.S. and is well on his way. As a result of Saffiedine’s impressive second-round KO victory over Nate Moore at the Strikeforce Challengers 8 in Portland, many are referring to him as a breakout star in the Strikeforce welterweight division.
Here is a complete rundown of the “Shark Fights 13” card:
Pete Spratt vs. Eric Davila
Marcus Hicks vs. Karen Darabedyan
Aaron Rosa vs. Devin Cole
Paul Bradley vs. Johnny Reese
Ronnie Mann vs. Douglas Evans
Brock Larson vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Joey Villasanor vs. Drew McFredries
Paul Daley vs. Jorge Masvidal
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander
Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley