Neer vs. da Silva, Karakhanyan vs. Downing among Shark Fights additions
by Dann Stupp on Aug 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm ET
Three bouts have been added to upcoming Shark Fights cards.
The fights include welterweights Josh Neer (30-10-1) vs. Romario Manoel da Silva (17-9-1) and middleweights Rob Kimmons (23-8) vs. Chuck Parmelee (33-12-1) at Shark Fights 19, as well as featherweights Jared Downing (7-0) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (16-3-1) at Shark Fights 20.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the bookings with KO Dynasty, which represents some of the fighters.
Shark Fights 19 takes place at Independence Events Center in Independence, Mo., near Kansas City. The event, which airs via delay on Fuel TV, marks the Texas-based organization’s Missouri debut.
Shark Fights 20 is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 15 in Laughlin, Nev.
Neer looks for his fourth straight win and sixth victory in seven fights since his UFC release in 2009. Most recently, he scored a TKO victory over Jesse Juarez in the Shark Fights 16 headliner. He now meets da Silva, a veteran of the Brazilian fight scene who owns nine knockouts in 17 career wins. Most recently, he went 1-1 in a two-fight series with Hernani Perpetuo (12-3) in the Shoot Brazil organization.
Kimmons, who recently concluded a seven-fight UFC stint, competes in his home state while looking to snap out of a three-fight losing skid that included a decision loss to Brendan Sequin at Titan Fighting Championships 19. He takes on Parmelee, a 12-year vet in the midst of a six-fight win streak and a 13-1 run since 2009. Of his 33 career wins, 22 have come via knockout.
Downing, a fast-rising prospect, recently scored a 98-second knockout of Ran Weathers at Shark Fights 16. It was the Bellator vet’s seventh straight win since opening his pro campaign in 2009. He now meets one of his toughest opponents yet in Karakhanyan, a two-time Bellator tourney competitor who’s 2-0 since an opening-round loss to eventual Bellator tourney champion Patricio Freire earlier this year.