Rosholt Gets Revenge, Defeats Horwich at Shark Fights 17

By Brian Knapp and Keith Mills Jul 15, 2011
Jake Rosholt evened the score with Matt Horwich.

Staying true to a conservative but effective game plan, Rosholt cruised to a unanimous decision over the former International Fight League middleweight champion in the HDNet Fights Presents: Shark Fights 17 main event on Friday at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas. All three cageside judges scored it 30-27 for Rosholt, who avenged his November technical knockout defeat to the mercurial Horwich.

Rosholt (12-3, 1 NC, 1-0 SF) was steady and deliberate. He absorbed a number of volleys from the forward-charging Horwich, delivered strategic takedowns and countered effectively with power punches, often with left hooks.

He did not play into Horwich’s hands, refusing to enter into his guard as he hovered above the Legends MMA representative after takedowns, tagging him with the occasional standing-to-ground punch.

Outside of a few clubbing exchanges, Horwich (26-19-1, 0-2 SF) offered little in the way of meaningful offense. Rosholt outworked him in the clinch and outclassed him on the feet, opening a small horizontal gash above Horwich’s right eye in the third round. A three-time NCAA wrestling champion, Rosholt remains unbeaten in his last six appearances.

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Rodriguez easily submitted Williams.
In the co-headliner, former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez barely broke a sweat in dispatching last-minute fill-in Doug Williams, as he secured a fight-ending rear-naked choke 2:16 into round one.

Rodriguez (47-11, 1-0 SF), who has rattled off 12 consecutive wins, landed a single-leg takedown inside the first 20 seconds and went to work from top position. He moved to side control and ultimately to full mount, delivering an elbow that cut Williams (5-13, 0-1 SF) near his right eye and forced him to surrender his back. From there, Rodriguez locked in the choke for the tapout.

Meanwhile, former Maximum Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Emanuel Newton struck, wrestled and clowned his way to a unanimous decision over Imperial Athletics representative Ilir Latifi in a featured matchup at 205 pounds. All three judges scored it for Newton: 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28.

Newton controlled the cage, backed up Latifi (4-2, 1 NC, 0-1 SF) at will and scored with effect from the outside. Latifi’s work rate diminished as the fight deepened, as he was unable to make headway on the feet. He engaged in a few wild bursts of punches and landed with power on occasion, but he offered nowhere near enough to knock Newton (15-6-1, 1-0 SF) out of his comfort zone.

In other action, Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative Erik Perez (8-5, 1-0 SF) took a unanimous decision from Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Douglas Frey (9-7, 5-2 SF) by matching 30-27 counts on the scorecards; Eddie Bravo protégé Alan Jouban (2-1, 1-0 SF) dazzled in a third-round technical knockout over Andrew Goldthwaite (1-1, 0-1 SF), finishing it with a beautiful multi-punch combination 2:37 into round three; Victor Hernandez (4-13, 1-0 SF) halted his three-fight losing streak, as he submitted Quaint Kempf (4-2, 1-1 SF) with an armbar 66 seconds into the first round; and Matt Hobar (3-0, 2-0 SF) remained undefeated with a first-round submission over Jay Flores (0-2, 0-1 SF), securing the tapout with a rear-naked choke 1:55 into round one.

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