Shark Fights was sent scrambling earlier this week after word broke co-headliners Houston Alexander and James Irvin would no longer be in place for the event after forcibly withdrawing for differing reasons. However, it appears the Texas-based promotion has secured another interesting match-up to replace Irvin vs. Alexander, as HDNet has revealed talented female fighters Tara LaRosa and Carina Damm are set to face off on March 11 in Lubbock, Texas at Shark Fights 14.
The women, who will come in eighty pounds lighter than the men they replaced, are two of their division’s top grapplers and have combined for sixteen submissions between them.
LaRosa will be fighting for the first time since November when she outpointed Takayo Hashi on a card in New Jersey. She is 19-2 overall and emerged with her hands raises sixteen of the last seventeen times she’s stepped foot in the ring including victories over Shayna Baszler, Hitomi Akano, and Roxanne Modafferi.
Her opponent on the other hand will be looking to recapture the form helping lead to ten straight wins before falling in back-to-back outings the last two times she’s fought. Damm is 15-5 in her career with six submissions and five TKOs to her credit.
In addition to Damm vs. LaRosa, Shark Fights 14 will feature middleweights Matt Horwich and Danillo Villefort in the main event. Fans can watch things unfold live on HDNet starting at 10:00 PM EST.
Read below for a full listing of the Shark Fights 14 card as it stands right now:
Matt Hobar vs. Jeremy Gauna
Cesar Rodriguez Jr. vs. Tommy Gomez
Mark Martinez vs. Jonathen Valencia
Matt Dodgen vs. Gino Davila
Matt Espinoz vs. Ryan Benoit
Larry Garcia vs. Derek Cansino-Davila
Donnie Frye vs. Quaint Kempf
Layne Hernandez vs. Gabe Vasquez
Ben Medina vs. TBA
Greg Huval vs. Kyle Bracey
Sean Shakour vs. Joseph Sandoval
Alex Cisne vs. Eric Davila
Mikel Bronzoulis vs. Todd Moore
Matt Horwich vs. Danillo Villefort