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Shark Fights 13 Aftermath: Prangley, Alexander Win; Don Frye Pretty Much Steals the Show


(Alexander vs. Sokoudjou, where it appears the referee briefly considers letting Soko get beaten to death before finally stepping in to stop the fight. VidProps: ZombieProphetMMA)

Early reviews of last night’s Shark Fights 13 broadcast seem mostly positive, after Trevor Prangley, Houston Alexander and Paul Daley all notched wins. Also, “broadcasters” Don Frye and Bas Rutten said a bunch of crazy stuff live on pay-per-view. Especially Frye, who — after claiming that he threatened Shark Fights promoters with death if they didn’t put him on the show — reportedly dropped at least one F-bomb, made jokes about beating his wife and then compared the whole thing to an extended session of violent and satisfying coitus.

Basically, it was the kind of performance that, in any other sport, would cause a major scandal, Frye’s immediate firing and the issuing of a vague and halfhearted apology on Sunday morning. In independent MMA, it’s just par for the course.

"That was like two hours of hard, rough sex,” Frye reportedly said to close out the PPV. “I need a shot of tequila and a cigarette now."

C’mon Don, like you weren’t doing shots of tequila the whole time.


As the reigning Shark Fights light heavyweight champion, Prangley edged Keith Jardine by split decision. If you’re interested, you can watch it here. Jardine skittered to his fifth straight loss – this time to a natural middleweight – and instead of putting himself on the fast track back to the UFC, he’s raised questions about how much longer (at 34 years old) he should push his luck with this whole fighting thing.

Jardine’s plummet aside, the fight nabbing most of the attention this morning is Alexander’s brawl with Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. The two UFC castoffs appeared to fully understand what was required of them on this broadcast, engaging in a fairly entertaining two-round slugfest that saw the Nebraskan OG bounce back from a serious beatdown in the first to claim victory.

More than anything, the fight pointed out exactly why Sokoudjou’s status as a top MMA prospect was extremely fleeting. After controlling the first round with his power strikes and a couple of nice takedowns, he looked totally spent and punch-hungry by the opening bell to the second. Whether he had gassed himself out trying to finish in the first or was hurt by two pretty blatant head butts just before the end of the round, we may never know. What we do know is that this guy has no future in the sport unless he can get his conditioning together.

Speaking of conditioning, Daley showed up overweight for his fight with Jorge Masvidal and then by all accounts turned in a fairly underwhelming performance en route to claiming the unanimous decision win. It was a W, but likely not the kind of showing that’s going to make Big DW reconsider that lifetime ban.

And hey, if Paul Daley never fights on the big stage again, that’s fine with me. I mean, we all want to suckerpunch Josh Koscheck sometimes but the fact is, you just can’t do it. Not in a civilized society. Sure, we’ll let Don Frye go on TV and prattle on about domestic violence, but there are limits.

The rest of the Shark Fights card rounded out with a number of small-time upsets, including Danillo Villefort defeating Joey Villasenor and Tarec Saffiedine beating Brock Larson, both by decision. Lastly, heavyweight Devin Cole failed to take the next step in his comeback after pleading guilty to fourth-degree assault and sexual harassment back in 2008. Cole lost to Aaron Rosa by UD. Hard to feel too broken up about that one.

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bloodsportmmadotcom- September 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm
C’mon Don, like you weren’t doing shots of tequila the whole time.

Replace 'shots' with 'pints' and you nailed it... dude was hilarious/embarrassing the entire night and totally oblivious to being ripped on by his cohorts which really just made things that much more entertaining...
RwilsonR- September 13, 2010 at 8:58 am
Anyone else feel a little bad for Keith Jardine? I've never really liked the guy, but never disliked him either. He's beaten two former UFC LHW champs, one while he was in his prime. He came close against Rampage, and beat Vera. He was a gimme fight away from a title shot in the UFC, and then was KO'ed by Houston Alexander. But a 5 fight slide, ending in a loss to a journeyman MW is a tough pill to swallow. I bet he feels pretty down in the dumps right now, while he has to train his buddy for another shot at UFC gold.
Mikey- September 13, 2010 at 8:26 am
Great article. Loved the caption to the fight video.
OneMorePunchFujita- September 13, 2010 at 3:48 am
I swear I completed the FightPicker for this card and now my FP has no record of it. Anybody else have this problem?
D 2 the BO- September 13, 2010 at 2:14 am
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10. ROY NELSON CHIECK KONGO
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frndlylion- September 12, 2010 at 11:47 pm
"He looks like he got stuck in the birth canal for 1/2 an hour and they had to beat him out with a stick"

You cant script commentary like that!
BeastUnleashed- September 12, 2010 at 11:25 pm
Ol Cone Dome is a bitch. Headbutting and pulling hair like a bitch. Fuck him.
Joedirt- September 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm
Worst part is.... it's refs like that who give the hippies something to whine about. He should have stopped it earlier. I live in Ontario and I don't think they are worried about the UFC coming here and putting on a show... it's all the bullshit amateur and shady shit shows that will happen. The UFC will run a proper show with safety a number one concern these other orgs that will pop up all over, some will do it right but most won't... that's where people will get hurt, mismatches, not checking backgrounds etc.
fatbellyfrank- September 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm
I didn't hear the commentary or see the action, but I would pay good Money to see Bas and Don Frye doing a speaking tour where they just entertain the audience with anecdotes and tales from their experiences in the world of MMA, that would be fuckin superb and entertaining as fuck IMO
Tact- September 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm
Great fight, I have to wonder though... in either Strikeforce or the UFC if Soku would have taken this as Alexander was getting hammerfisted to shit and was just holding onto that single leg like it is somehow protecting his head.

Man he had that judo throw and everything when Houston was out on his feet. Soku needs to learn some side chokes or something, this hammerfist strat until your body lactic acid freezes is for the birds.

And those headbutts, cmon. Circa Coleman/Kerr 1991 and shit.
Seoul Brother- September 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm
How cool would it be to have Bas and Frye offer running commentary for anything like Mystery Science Theater 3000 or its current form, Rifftrax? I think they could make shitty movies actually enjoyable. Throw Nick Nolte into that, and I'd be happer than Los Diaz Bros in Amsterdam.
andoy162- September 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm
wow, no dq or points deducted for headbutt X 2 ! great job ref.
DangadaDang- September 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm
SoakaJew is the most predictable fighter I have ever seen, its like Pavlov trained him to cower at the second bell.
HipHopHieronymus- September 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm
@ mt59801 hilarious
itsgalf- September 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm
Man....I just got my pizza delivered to me by Frankie Edgar...or at least his twin brother
mt59801- September 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm
That ref may actually make me take the mt59801's "Most Dangerous Man in the Cage" belt away from Mazagatti.
MediumRare- September 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm
@ Charming Charlie:

Steve Mazzagatti? Is that you?
Charming Charlie- September 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Refs: damned if you do, damned if you don't.
TheHuytonHandGrenade- September 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm
Don Frye and Bas Rutten what a combination 2 off the most crazy motherfuckers out there who could kill you with their bare hands haha i love em like my own!
HipHopHieronymus- September 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm
@turd

Here in the Hub city
MKO- September 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm
Bas and Frye were the reason I didn't go to the event. Had planned on going since it was announced, but when they announced the broadcast team, knew I had to PPV it. Bas has always been great, and "Dear Don" was probably the best thing about the IFL; PPV money well spent.
"I used to pad my record with fights when I'd come home drunk and knock my old lady around."
Big Cunt-ry Nelson- September 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm
get Don Frye on the UFC with Rogan and Goldy!! he was hilarious!! he was like Tom Selleck on drugs. . .
Turd Furgeson- September 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm
@hiphop

You reppin the 806, homie? You from Lubbock or what?
HipHopHieronymus- September 12, 2010 at 11:56 am
On a side note Sokodjou almost fell down the steps trying to leave the Hexagon he was MESSED up, and damnit I wish I could have heard the commentary.
HipHopHieronymus- September 12, 2010 at 11:52 am
I made the impulse decision yesterday morning to buy tickets for this event, and make the two hour drive to Amarillo. This my first live event so I was pretty pumped, but I quickly realized everyone attending was a douche bag, and didn't give two shits about MMA.
Everyone who didn't have a spray on tan and an Affliction shirt with gold flake and skulls, had a mullet, cut off T, and a girl half their age (and hideous) hanging off their arm. I knew it was a classy bunch when everyone around me started wondering why Tom Selleck was here with that "bald guy", and when the mustache rides were going to start. The guy next to me stated to his buddy as a matter of fact that Tank Abbott would smash anyone, especially anyone on this card, and I died a little inside. Some Marines were hanging around in uniform because they were presenting the flag later and were greeted with a good number of people yelling "pussies!" I spent the rest of the time trying to block them all out and enjoy the fights but couldn't help but hear chants and cheers like "bite his ear off!","hit 'em in the balls!", "stop fucking and fight!", "I'd dominate these muhfuckas!", "pussies!", "fuck South America!!" (referring to Prangley), "I fight better in my front yard!" and the like.
Nevertheless it was awesome to see El Guapo, Frye, the Mexican Zombie, Cowboy Cerrone, Rashad, Yoda, and all the fighters on the card even if just from a distance.
But my point is, is every MMA event like this live? If so I'll just stay home and try and keep my I.Q. intact (aside from the copius amounts of Bud Light, cause Coors won't pay me shit).
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