Villefort dominates Horwich, LaRosa taps out Damm at Shark Fights 14

Danillo Villefort (left) and Matt Horwich face off Thursday at the Shark Fights 14 weigh-ins in Lubbock, Texas.

LUBBOCK, Texas — Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Danillo Villefort defeated fellow middleweight Matt Horwich via unanimous decision in the Shark Fights 14 main event Friday night.

The event, which aired live on HDNet, took place at Fair Park City Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas.

Villefort won all three rounds. He controlled the stand-up game easily, and out-scored Horwich with punches, elbows and kicks. Horwich’s striking, for the most part, looked lazy and slow.

Villefort also took Horwich to the ground several times with judo throws. From there he controlled from top position, landed strikes and avoided Horwich’s submission game.

Villefort improves his win streak to four and his overall record to 13-3, while Horwich drops to 26-18-1. Horwich has not won back-to-back fights since his IFL days in 2007.

In the co-main event, Tara LaRosa walked out to the cage like a wild-West cowgirl, sporting a white cowboy hat and looking like she was ready to save the day.

LaRosa proved once again why she is consistently considered one of the very top pound-for-pound female fighters in the world by taking out Brazilian “Beauty but the Beast” Carina Damm via second round submission.

Although Damm was able to get LaRosa down and even mounted in the first round, LaRosa regained top control, poured on the ground and pound and won the round.

In round two, LaRosa came out strong and dropped Damm with a punch early on. She then followed Damm to the ground, avoided a submission, locked on an inverted heel hook and tapped Damm out just 28-seconds into the round.

LaRosa improved her overall record to 20-2, while Damm dropped to 15-6. Damm, who had won ten straight fights as of Feb. 2010, has lost her last three in a row.

In other main card action, Lubbock’s own Eric Davila, representing Bighead MMA, defeated Alex Cisne via third round TKO in a welterweight bout.

Also, Mike “The Greek” Bonzoulis, of Houston, took out St. Louis fighter Lucas Lopez via unanimous decision in a 175-pound catchweight bout.

Amarillo’s Gabe Vasquez put Layne Hernandez to sleep with a guillotine choke in the third round of their welterweight match.

And in the opening fight of the HDNet televised card, Bighead MMA’s Joseph Sandoval defeated fellow bantamweight Sean Shakour, of Sacramento, via unanimous decision.

For complete results, including the un-aired preliminary card fights, check out’s “Shark Fights 14 LIVE results and play-by-play”.

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