Brock Larson and Tarec Saffiedine officially kicked off Shark Fights first pay-per-view event this evening.
Larson had fought less than a month previously, his fourth fight of the year and he started the fight looking a little lethargic, while Saffiedine looked light on his feet and quickly took control of the stand-up.
Surprisingly Larson was unable to get his wrestling going in any shape or form in the opening round, and that would continue to be the story as the fight progressed. Meanwhile Saffiedine was happy to take on the role of aggressor and push the pace as his opponent noticeably faded in the later rounds.
Though he never landed anything particularly devastating by the end of the third round there was little doubt as to who was going to emerge victorious and Saffiedine took a clean 30-27 sweep on the judges scorecards.
With the win the Belgian moves to 10-2 and snaps Larson’s three fight win streak to boot.
Next up was a middleweight clash between Danillo Villefort and Joey Villasenor and Villefort quickly took control as he brought the action to the mat and controlled much of the opening round from top control.
It was a smart gameplan and one that he would implement successfully for much of the remainder of the fight, though early in the second during a rare stand-up exchange he caught Villasenor flush with a punch that sent him to the canvas, though he recovered quickly and got back to his feet.
Villasenor never managed to get his own offense going in the fight and Villefort emerged as the clear winner 30-27 on the judges scorecards.
It’s a solid win for Villefort who is now three fights unbeaten since a brief spell in the UFC last year, while Villasenor falls to his second decision loss in a row.