Shark Fights 13: Predictions

Shark Fights 13 takes place tomorrow night, and so far it’s shaping up to be one of the better non-Zuffa related MMA pay-per-view cards of the year so far.  Take a look below for our predictions for the event’s main card, and stay tuned to tomorrow night for all the results as they happen.

Main Card:

Trevor Prangley vs. Keith Jardine

This is a pretty good match-up for a non-major promotion.  While both men are by no means at the peak of their career they still have something to offer and are fairly well matched.

Despite a terrible record recently and a worrying tendency to get knocked out Jardine has been consistently competing against better fighters than Prangley over the years, and overall is just a better fighter.  Prangley is a fairly predictable fighter and I think Jardine’s quirky style will confuse him, and the former UFC veteran should also benefit from a cardio advantage in the later rounds.

Prediction: Keith Jardine to win by decision

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander

Unless Alexander lands one of his killer blows early I just don’t see much of a route to victory for him here.  I expect Sokoudjou to take him down in the opening round and  pound on him until the referee pulls him off.

Prediction: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou to win by TKO in Rd1

Jorge Masvidal vs. Paul Daley

This should be a fun stand-up war for as long as it lasts, but Daley is an elite striker at 170lbs, possessing genuine KO power, a cast iron jaw and a considerable size advantage over Masvidal who’s moving up from 155lbs to take this fight.  It’s a big ask for Masvidal and I think he’ll do well to make it out of the first round.

Prediction: Paul Daley to win by KO in Rd1

Joey Villasenor vs. Danillo Villefort

Considering Villefort was brought in at late notice this is a nice bit of matchmaking from Shark Fights.  This should be a closely contested bout, but I was impressed with Villasenor’s performance against Jacare in Strikeforce recently after almost a year out, and I think he’ll outshine Villefort here.

Prediction: Joey Villasenor to win by decision

Brock Larson vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Larson was perhaps a little unfortunate to have been released by the UFC after a 2-2 stint in ’09, but he’s compiled three first round wins since then. It won’t be as easy as that against Saffiedine who will have the striking advantage, but Larson’s wrestling should be the key to a decision victory here.

Prediction: Brock Larson to win by decision


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