After his unceremonious exit from the UFC following only one fight, Danillo Villefort has been on a mission to prove that he belongs among the best middleweights in the world, and he took another step by dominating Matt Horwich during Shark Fights 14 on Friday night.
Villefort, who recently exited American Top Team as well, showed no signs of slowing down, as he punished the durable Horwich on both the feet and on the mat.
Give credit to Horwich who is known as one of the toughest fighters in the sport, and he did his best to stick around, but he was simply outmatched by the stronger and more technical fighter in Villefort.
The win marks Villefort’s fourth in a row and he should easily get noticed by the UFC now if they are looking to add onto their 185lb roster.
A late replacement co-main event still brought the action with former top pound-for-pound women’s star Tara LaRosa taking out Carina Damm by inverted heel hook in the second round of their match-up.
LaRosa found herself in a bad spot early on after catching a shot from Damm, and then finding herself mounted by the Brazilian. Damm tried her best to put LaRosa away, but couldn’t finish and the fight moved onto the 2nd round.
Unfortunately for Damm the 2nd round didn’t last very long.
After going for a leg lock of her own, Damm was soon on the wrong end of an inverted heel hook courtesy of Tara LaRosa, and after wrenching up on the hold, Damm had no choice but to submit or watch her knee go bye-bye.
The win puts LaRosa in line for a 125lb title shot if and when Shark Fights decides to initiate a championship belt in that division.
FULL RESULTS FOR SHARK FIGHTS 14:
Danillo Villefort def. Matt Horwich via Unanimous Decision
Tara LaRosa def. Carina Damm via Inverted Heal Hook :28 Rd. 2
Mike Bronzoulis def. Lucas Lopez via Unanimous Decision
Eric Davila def. Alex Cisne via TKO 1:03 Rd. 3
Gabe Vasquez def. Layne Hernandez via Front Guillotine Choke 1:29 Rd. 3
Joseph Sandoval def. Sean Shakour via Unanimous Decision
Quaint Kempf def. Donnie Frye via Rear Naked Choke 2:48 Rd. 1
Derek Cansino def. Larry Garcia via Unanimous Decision
Ryan Benoit def. Matt Espinoza via TKO 1:14 Rd. 2
Matt Dodgen def. Gino Davila via Unanimous Decision
Mark Martinez def. Jonathan Valencia via Front Naked Choke :23 Rd. 1
Cesar Rodriguez Jr. def. Tommy Gomez via Arm Bar :34 Rd. 1
Matt Hobar def. Jeremy Gauna via Rear Naked Choke 2:16 Rd. 1