WSOF have followed suit with UFC 205 and announced that their WSOF 34 should will feature a blockbuster three title fights on their first ever card in the state of New York.
“On the heels of the historic and long-awaited passage of legislation making professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) bouts legal in New York State, World Series of Fighting announced that it will bring its star-studded, championship fight series to Madison Square Garden along with a live broadcast of the show on NBC, on Saturday, December 31, pending the approval of the New York State Athletic Commission,” announced the WSOF website.
WSOF president Rey Sefo appeared on Monday’s edition of the MMA Hour to preview what his company has in the works for their own “Big Apple” showcase. The WSOF is also taking a “pulling out all the big guns” approach to their December 31st show that will take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. In order to do that, they are canceling their events on November 12th and December 3rd.
Fans in and around Colorado and Washington State planning to attend these two WSOF cards will be disappointed to find out that their states shows will now not be taking place. WSOF 34 will still feature a welterweight title bout between two of the biggest names on the roster, Jake Shields, and champion Jon Fitch. Only instead of that fight being at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado on Nov. 12, it will now take place on the New York City card. The title tilt will be the co-headliner.
The WSOF 35 card will move from it’s December date at the XFINITY Arena in Everett, Washington to Las Vegas, Nevada on January 20th. There has yet to be an announcement for the venue or main event of that card. The company’s president also says that the fighters from the canceled cards who did not make it onto the New Year’s Eve show will be on the new WSOF 35 card in Vegas.
“After a few weeks of discussions, we decided our main event, which is Jon Fitch and (Jake) Shields for that card, to our New Year’s Eve card in Madison Square Garden Theater” announced former fighter turned president. “And having Blagoi (Ivanov), who is our heavyweight champion, was scheduled to headline our December show, get hurt last week, it kind of fell in place and we just decided to merge the two cards together and put on a bigger card for New York City.” Sefo also added, “I think fans in New York City are gonna have nothing but the] enjoyment of two big cards coming to New York City back-to-back.”
Like UFC 205, WSOF’s NYC card will also feature three title bout. For the main event, WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje will attempt his 5 title defense against Brazil’s Joao Zeferino. “The Brazilian Samurai,” who currently resides in Middletown, New York, was the runner-up in November’s one-night lightweight tournament. In that tournament, Zeferino actually defeated eventual winner Brain Foster by submission in the opening round. Due to another fighter’s injury, Foster was placed back in the tournament during the semi-finals where he disposed of former title challenger Luis Palomino via TKO. Foster then TKO’d Zeferino to become the tournament’s winner. This will be Zeferino’s second title challenge. In the first, he was on the losing end of a unanimous decision against Jon Fitch for the welterweight title in April.
The third title on the line will be that of bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes. An announcement on who his opponent is will come later this week. The WSOF and Moraes recently put “pen to paper” allowing the company to retain the bantamweight standout who has yet to record a loss under the company’s banner.
“Marlon is a great fighter, he’s a great kid, and we’d support whatever Marlon wants to do…Marlon is still a World Series of Fighting fighter,” Sefo jubilantly stated.
The main card will air on NBC and the action starts at 4:00 PM EST. The preliminary card is headlined by two other recognizable names, Yushin Okami vs. Paul Bradley. That fight, along with two others, will also be televised on NBC Sports Network starting at 3:00 PM EST.
There is also another way to watch the fights. You can stream the event live on FITE TV as WSOF’s website explains:
“You can also watch the fights on FITE TV. FTIE TY is your one stop app for All Things Fighting. Watch World Series of Fighting on the FITE TV network by simply downloading the FITE app at the Google Play or iTunes app store. After you have downloaded the app simply pick the event you want to watch and then select the wifi connected TV or mobile device that you want to watch the program on. For more information go to www.fite.tv”
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219
Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.
Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.
Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.
After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) September 23, 2017
Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.
With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:
Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout
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