Live from Hollywood, Florida, the World Series of Fighting returned with a big card that would crown two inaugural champions for the promotion. The first title would be a women’s strawweight fight between Jessica Aguilar (16-4) and Alida Gray (4-0).
The main event was a lightweight title fight between Rich Patishnock (6-1) and Justin Gaethje (10-0). A light heavyweight bout between veterans Anthony Johnson (15-4) and Mike Kyle (20-10-1, 2 NC)
Before the main card kicked off, the preliminary card brought some early action with five fights that streamed online.
This page will be updating results from the WSOF 8 card live, as they happen.
Valdir Araujo vs. Tyler Stinson
Round 1: Araujo did well in the first round by just being the more active fighter. Stinson was sedentary during the round and just worked to defend while showing minuscule amounts of offense.
Round 2: Domination in a clinch early on helped Araujo win points. He wasn’t busy in the clinch but landed a few nice knees. Stinson was practically shut off as he walked towards Araujo but never really set anything up. A straight landed late but Araujo simply did more — even though ‘more’ wasn’t much.
Round 3: Stinson showed serious one-punch power as he rocked Araujo bad and showed both accuracy and aggression. Stinson hurt him with every punch he landed. He dropped Araujo with a body shot and let him up just to batter him on the feet some more. The referee stopped Stinson after a big drop on Araujo.
Official Decision: Tyler Stinson defeats Valdir Araujo via Knockout at (2:23) of Round 3.
Scott Barrett vs. Derrick Mehmen
Round 1: Derrick Mehmen landed 30 power shots in the first round and had Barrett on the mat several times. He couldn’t finish however and Barrett’s chin may pay dividends in later rounds as Mehmen staggered back to his corner after the bell for round 1.
Round 2: Somehow, Barrett had the wherewithal to fight back in round 2 and landed some nice shots of his own. Mehmen also landed and both put together a fun and even round despite prelim streaming issues.
Round 3: A close resemblance to round 2 finished out the bout with Barrett sticking with it and Mehmen slowing down but not stopping. They traded and ended the fight to a huge applause as the heavyweight showdown went to an unlikely decision.
Official Decision: Derrick Mehmen defeats Scott Barrett via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Sidemar Honorio vs. Alexis Vila
Round 1: A big slam from Vila in the first could have been the difference in who won the round. Besides that, neither man put himself ahead and they both landed little.
Round 2: Another slam from Vila and constant pressure pushed Honorio against the cage. He circled to try to get a new angle on Vila. Honorio did well during their time on the ground but again, no one took the stand up game.
Round 3: Vila controlled the third round on the feet and chased Honorio, who sought a ground fight. Honorio feigned a knockdown to try and bait Vila to the mat but he didn’t bite. Honorio was able to pull guard though and held one leg out straight to keep Vila at bay while he occasionally leaned in for a punch from the bottom. It was a bizarre round that slowed the action with a second straight decision that featured little in the way of excitement.
Official Decision: Alexis Vila defeats Sidemar Honorio via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Freddy Assuncao vs. Brenson Hansen
Round 1: A back and forth first round was home to thudding kicks from both fighters. Neither fighter made a case for the round but it was a good, competitive opening.
Round 2: A shift in tempo highlighted the second round as Hansen began to pull away with combinations and great foot movement. It was another close one that Hansen got the better of.
Round 3: Another close one for the second fight of the evening with both men landing on one another. Though there were several great shots landed, no one was visibly hurt keeping the judges to score the fight based on activity.
Official Decision: Freddy Assuncao defeats Brenson Hansen via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jose Caceres vs. Anderson Melo
Round 1: After being dropped early by an onslaught of shots, Anderson Melo turned the tide and recovered from being rocked to the head and body. He found a short opening and locked in a heel hook for a quick tap.
Official Decision: Anderson Melo defeats Jose Caceres via Submission (heel hook) at 1:10 of Round 1.
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