After calling out Bellator in the ballsiest move of company history, World Series of Fighting returns this Saturday with a card headlined by a Lightweight Title fight between Justin Gaethje and Rich Patishnock. Why Should you watch this card though? Take a look at our top three reasons to watch World Series of Fighting 8 this Saturday.
Let’s Get Ready to Rumble
When Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Mike Kyle step into the cage on Saturday it is very likely that only one man will end the bout with their consciousness intact. Ever since their fan friendly runs in Zuffa, both Kyle and Johnson have been two of the top must watch fighters outside of the UFC. We last saw Anthony Johnson in a three round decision win over former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski. Johnson showed very sharp stand-up in that fight nearly finishing Arlovksi in the first round. His opponent Kyle is coming off a loss to Arlovski but look no further than his May 2013 knockout of Travis Wiuff to see why he is a major threat to Johnson. This bout is guaranteed to be entertaining and a win for Johnson could punch his ticket back to the UFC.
Two New World Champions
In the evening’s main event Justin Gaethje and Rich Patishnock will fight for the vacant World Series of Fighting Lightweight Title. It’s always a spectacle when a new world champion is crowned and this Saturday will be no different. Gaethje is one of the best fighters outside of the UFC despite making his professional debut only three years ago. In his short career, Gaethje has racked up a 10-0 record with eight wins coming via knockout, one via submission, and one via decision. Standing opposite Gaethje this Saturday will be 6-1 Rich Patishnock. Patishnock is virtually unknown and is only in this fight because of a Lewis Gonzalez injury. Gaethje should be victorious but World Series of Fighting has had a knack for huge upsets.
In a main card bout number one ranked Women’s Strawweight Jessica Aguilar will look to take home the vacant Women’s Strawweight title against Alida Gray. Just like the main event this fight will probably not be very competitive but being able to see one of the best female fighters in the world go to work should be enough to make you tune in. Aguilar is riding a seven fight win streak that includes two wins over Japanese WMMA legend Megumi Fujii and UFC-bound Carla Esparza. Look for her to make quick work of Gray and cement her status as the number one Strawweight in the world.
Will Bellator Be Mentioned?
Possibly the juiciest storyline surrounding World Series of Fighting 8 is if they will continue to challenge Bellator to a cross-promotion pay-per-view. Should World Series of Fighting continue their callout on live TV it would only add to the amount of pressure Bellator faces to accept. Let’s see how things unfold Saturday night.
World Series of fighting goes down this Saturday with a Main Card broadcast that begins at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on NBC Sports.
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