Brock Larson (right) file photo: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com
Strikeforce up-and-comer Tarec Saffiedine will meet former WEC contender Brock Larson at Shark Fights 13 on Sept. 11 at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas, the promotion announced on Wednesday.
The welterweight bout will kick off the promotion’s first pay-per-view event.
Saffiedine, who hails from Dan Henderson’s Team Quest Temecula gym, has garnered recent attention for back-to-back victories in Strikeforce. The 23-year-old Belgian fighter demonstrated a sharp striking arsenal in his unanimous decision win over James Terry at Strikeforce Challengers 6 in February and in his second-round knockout of Nate Moore at Strikeforce Challengers 8 in May.
Larson has notched three straight wins since his second-round TKO defeat at the hands of Brian Foster at UFC 106 last November. Larson unsuccessfully challenged Carlos Condit for his WEC welterweight title in 2007, before the division was disbanded by the promotion and folded into the UFC’s ranks. The 33-year-old Brainerd, Minn., native went 3-3 in the Octagon, earning key victories over Mike Pyle, as well as John Alessio and Carlo Prater in the WEC.
Shark Fights 13’s main event boasts a non-title light heavyweight bout between promotional champion Trevor Prangley and former UFC staple Keith Jardine, while 2001 U.S. judo champion Rameau Thierry Sokjoudou will meet Nebraskan striker Houston Alexander at second billing.
Shark Fights 13
September 11, 2010
Amarillo Civic Center
Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander
Paul Daley vs. Jorge Masvidal
Brock Larson vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Joey Villasenor vs. Drew McFedries
Ronnie Mann vs. Douglas Evans
Paul Bradley vs. Johnny Rees
Devin Cole vs. Aaron Rosa
Karen Darabedyan vs. Marcus Hicks
Pete Spratt vs. Eric Davila