In addition to a previously announced rematch between Matt Horwich (26-18-1) and Jake Rosholt (11-3), Shark Fights 17 will feature a 230-pound catchweight bout between former UFC champ Ricco Rodriquez (46-11) and Karl Knothe (19-6).
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The event takes place July 15 in Frisco, Texas, at the 4,500-seat Dr Pepper Arena. The night's main card airs live on HDNet.
Horwich and Rosholt first fought back in November at an Xtreme Fight Night event in Oklahoma. Horwich earned a third-round TKO victory.
"Shark Fights strives to give the fans what they want and they demanded a Horwich-Rosholt rematch," Shark Fights executive Wes Nolen stated. "With both combatants having something to prove this is going to be war. Shark Fights is thrilled to have a show in the Dallas/Fort Worth area."
In the co-headliner, Rodriguez (11 straight wins) and Knothe (12 straight wins) put impressive streaks on the line. Rodriguez most recently scored a decision victory over former UFC fighter James McSweeney while Knothe scored a first-round TKO of former UFC/M-1 fighter Victor Valimaki.
Also on the televised main card are light heavyweights Ilir Latifi (4-1) vs. Emanual Newton (14-6-1), 140-pounders Douglas Frey (9-6) vs. Erik Perez (7-5), and light heavyweights Daniel Almeida (5-1) vs. Doug Williams (5-12).