Villasenor (right) looks for a home win on May 27. | Dave
Texas-based MMA promotion Shark
Fights is leaving the Lone Star State for the first time in its
The promotion Wednesday announced that Shark
Fights 15 -- headlined by a middleweight confrontation between
Villasenor and Chris
Camozzi -- will go down May 27, just outside Albuquerque, N.M.,
at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M.
Broadcast plans for the show have not yet been announced, though
the promotion recently inked a multi-event deal with cable network
HDNet to air live events in 2011. No other bouts outside of the
main event have been confirmed.
“We have a great show planned for New Mexico. Shark Fights 15 is
stacked from top to bottom with elite contenders,” said Shark
Fights executive Wes Nolen in a statement. “This is a very
compelling matchup and an important fight for both fighters. This
is their opportunity to prove to the fans that they are still top
contenders in the sport.”
A 12-year veteran of the sport, Villasenor formerly competed in
Strikeforce, EliteXC and Pride Fighting Championships. The
middleweight had a four-fight winning streak snapped by Strikeforce
middleweight king Ronaldo
Souza in May 2010. The 35-year-old followed that defeat with
another loss, dropping a unanimous decision to Danillo
Villefort in his September Shark Fights debut.
Camozzi, 24, burst onto the national scene as a cast member on “The
Ultimate Fighter” Season 11. Following his stint on the reality
show, “Kamikaze” rattled off back-to-back wins to begin his UFC
career, outpointing both James
Hammortree and Dongi Yang in
2010. The California native most recently fell to Kyle Noke on
the Aussie’s home turf of Sydney in February. Camozzi was released
by the UFC shortly thereafter.