PRESS RELEASE / Amarillo, TX. – September 4, 2010 – Shark Fight Promotions announced today that Joey Villasenor and Karen Darabedyan will be facing new opponents at Shark Fights 13. Drew McFedries and Marcus Hicks recently withdrew from the event due to training injuries. Villasenor is now slated to face hard-hitting UFC veteran Danillo Villefort and Darabedyan will take on Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Daniel Straus.
As the son of Vale Tudo legend Francisco “Master Indio” Silva, Villefort (11-3-0) was raised in competition. The seasoned Brazilian fighter holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has fought for notable organizations such as the IFL, WEC, and the UFC. He now trains out of Florida at American Top Team. Villefort holds notable wins over top contenders such as Mike Massenzio and Mike Campbell.
Darabedyan will now face Team Vision fighter Straus (12-3-0). Straus is a highly skilled, well-rounded fighter, known for grinding it out to the bitter end. Six of Straus’s twelve wins have come by way of decision. Straus is currently riding an eight fight win streak that includes a recent Bellator Fighting Championship win over Chad Hinton and a unanimous decision victory over UFC veteran Gideon Ray.
Updated card for Shark Fights 13:
Pete Spratt vs. Eric Davila
Daniel Straus vs. Karen Darabedyan
Paul Bradley vs. Johnny Reese
Aaron Rosa vs. Devin Cole
Ronnie Mann vs. Douglas Evans
Brock Larson vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Joey Villasenor vs. Danillo Villefort
Paul Daley vs. Jorge Masvidal
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander
Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley