After a lackluster preliminary card, the World Series of Fighting 8 main card picked up the action and gave fight fans an enjoyable Saturday night. The main event was the inaugural lightweight title fight between Justin Gaethje (11-0) and Rich Patishnock (6-2) while the co-main event was a brief light heavyweight bout between Anthony Johnson (16-4 and Mike Kyle (20-11-1, 2 NC). The other title fight crowned the first ever WSOF women’s strawweight champion as Alida Gray (4-1) battled Jessica Aguilar (17-4)
There were many great performances on the card but below are the top three performers from World Series of Fighting 8.
Justin Gaethje (11-0)
When Justin Gaethje steps into the cage there is one thing you can expect: violence. Gaethje absolutely destroyed Richard Pathishnock, TKOing him in just one minute and nine seconds. The win added validity to World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo’s claim that Gaethje is the white Mike Tyson.
Gaethje came out guns blazing hitting Patishnock with hard punches, elbows, and leg kicks. After rocking Patishnock, Gaethje unloaded on him with elbows against the cage forcing referee Troy Waugh to step in. Gaethje can now be put in the Eddie Alvarez and Gilbert Melendez class of top-tier lightweights who were fighting in a second tier promotion. Everyone who tuned in to this card will want to watch Gaethje’s next bout which makes him as big of a winner as any.
Anthony Johnson (16-4)
One right hook behind the ear was all it took for Anthony Johnson to face-plant Mike Kyle for a first round knockout. Since leaving the UFC, Johnson has racked up six straight wins but his knockout of Kyle was by far the most impressive. Johnson looked like a much more refined striker than Kyle as he hit his opponent with leg kicks and punches while Kyle just went forward with punches. Johnson’s ultimate tool against Kyle was his speed.
Kyle looked two steps behind Johnson and was never able to mount any significant offense. The finish came when Johnson ducked under a Kyle left hook and countered with a right hand that turned the lights out. This fight was Johnson’s last on his World Series of Fighting contract and sends him into free agency with all of the leverage in the world.
Jessica Aguilar (17-4)
With the UFC adding a 115 pound women’s division, Jessica Aguilar needed to make a statement to prove that she is the number one female strawweight in the world. She validated her number one ranking with a dominant first round submission win over Alida Gray. Aguilar went directly for the clinch against the long time judoka and was able to land a quick takedown. From there Aguilar worked from half guard to set up the fight ending arm-triangle.
Aguilar’s performance was very impressive as she was able to takedown a twenty year judo veteran from the clinch and limit her opponent’s offensive output to zero. Even though the words UFC are synonymous with being the best, Aguilar made it one hundred percent clear that the UFC Strawweight champion will be a distant number two.