What: Shark Fights 14: Horwich vs. Villefort
When: Friday night, the HDNet broadcast begins at 10 PM ET
Where: Fair Park Coliseum, Lubbock, Texas
Predictions on the five televised fights below.
Matt Horwich vs. Danillo Villefort
Horwich's 26-17-1 record doesn't really do his career justice: His losses have almost all come by decision, and almost all against solid opposition. To break his record down a little more thoroughly, he's 20-4 in fights finished by submission, 3-0 in fights finished by knockout or TKO, and 3-13 in fights that go the distance.
But I don't much like the way Horwich matches up with Villefort, a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt who's never been submitted. Villefort is coming off a unanimous decision win over Joey Villasenor at the last Shark Fights event, and I expect him to win another unanimous decision over Horwich.
Carina Damm vs. Tara LaRosa
This is the best fight on the card and one of the top women's matchups we'll see in MMA this year. Damm is a threat to finish fights with her grappling or her powerful striking, but she generally hasn't fared well against top competition, and that's what LaRosa is. I think LaRosa takes a decision and puts on a show that demonstrates why she's recognized as one of the best female fighters in the world.
Mike Bronzoulis vs. Lucas Lopes
Lopes comes into this fight on a three-fight losing streak, and life isn't going to get any easier for him against Bronzoulis, who should be able to take Lopes down and ground and pound his way to a TKO win.
Alex Cisne vs. Eric Davila
Davila has been fighting professionally for 13 years and has an 18-10 record, and he put on a solid showing in choking out Pete Spratt on the last Shark Fights card. I think his experience and submission game should be too much for the 5-1 Cisne.
Joseph Sandoval vs. Sean Shakour
This is exactly the kind of matchup a smaller promotion like Shark Fights should be making: Two young, undefeated bantamweight prospects. The 3-0 Shakour is returning to the cage after more than a year away, and I figure the ring rust will be too much for him to beat Sandoval, who turned pro last year and has a 4-0 record.