Three World Series of Fighting matches have been announced, completing next month’s World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares card in Las Vegas.
WSOF 9: Carl vs. Palhares
Josh Burkman looks to recover from his WSOF welterweight championship loss last October when he faces Tyler Stinson.
Burkman (26-10) won five straight matches, including a submission victory over Jon Finch, before losing to Steve Carl at WSOF 6. ‘The People’s Warrior’ lost the inaugural welterweight title match when Carl locked in a triangle choke in the fourth round. It was his first defeat since facing current UFC fighter Jordan Mein in 2011.
Stinson (27-9) is coming off four consecutive victories won either by KO or TKO. Stinson knocked out Valdir Araujo in the third round of their welterweight fight, making his WSOF debut a successful one. The former Bellator and Strikeforce fighter will be making his first main card appearance.
Russian Ozzy Dugulubgov moves down a weight class to face newcomer Johnny Nunez in a lightweight battle.
Dugulubgov (5-1) is riding a four-match winning streaking with two coming in WSOF. He defeated Andrew Osborne at WSOF 5 via an Achilles lock in the second round of their catchweight match.
Nunez (4-0) is undefeated two years into his professional MMA career with two victories coming by TKO. Following a two-fight stint with Nicaragua-based Omega MMA, Nunez signed with WSOF and will make his promotional debut against Dugulubgov.
A pair of featherweights making their WSOF debut square off as Mike Corey and Shane Kruchten open the night’s main card. Corey (12-3-1) hasn’t fought in nearly two years, losing to Daniel Straus at Bellator 65 in April 2012. Meanwhile, Kruchten (11-2) is on an impressive 11-fight winning streak that dates back to 2007.
TUF Nations Finale
Fresh off of her stint on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate, Shayna Baszler takes on former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion Sarah Kaufman at the TUF Nations finale in Quebec City, Quebec.
Kaufman (16-2), currently the No. 5 ranked woman in the UFC’s bantamweight division, is coming off a split decision loss to Jessica Eye at UFC 166. The decision, however, was overturned when Eye’s post-fight drug test revealed marijuana in her system.
Baszler (15-8) is making her Octagon debut after an opening round loss to Julianna Pena ended her The Ultimate Fighter run. ‘The Queen of Spades’ recently lost to Alexis Davis at Invicta FC 4 via rear-naked choke in a match that garnered Fight of the Night honors.
The women met once under the Strikeforce banner in a fight Kaufman won by unanimous decision.
Following Francisco Rivera’s hand injury, top-ranked bantamweight Raphael Assuncao was left without a match he desperately needed to convince the UFC that he is ready to take on Renan Barao. Enter RFT Bantamweight Champion Pedro Munhoz, who will be making his UFC debut.
Munhoz (10-0) looks to make an impact in an already stacked division. The Brazilian prospect is undefeated in ten fights with six wins coming by submission. His last victory over previously undefeated Billy Daniels followed this pattern as he won via first-round guillotine choke.
After he rejected fight requests from T.J. Dillashaw and Eddie Wineland, Assuncao (21-4) sat out in hopes of a title shot against Barao. The No. 3 ranked UFC bantamweight looks to extend his five-fight winning streak that includes victories over Dillashaw, Vaughan Lee, and former UWC Bantamweight Champion Mike Easton.
UFC on FOX 11
Heavyweights Jack May and Derrick Lewis will make their Octagon debut in what will likely be a preliminary bout.
May (7-0) is undefeated in his young MMA career with only one won by the judges’ scorecard. He takes the UFC on FOX 11 fight days after earning his sixth career knockout, a TKO of Carl Seumanutafa at Tachi Palace Fights 18.
Similarly, Lewis (9-2) heavily relies on the knockout, earning eight in nine career victories. The 29-year-old, who carries a five-match winning streak in his UFC debut, was slated to appear at UFC Fight Night 27 before an injury sidelined him.
UFC Fight Night 39
Brazilian Rani Yahya will drop down to bantamweight in preparation for his fight with Johnny Bedford.
Yahya (19-8) fought as a bantamweight in WEC before switching over to the featherweight division once he signed with the UFC. Prior to his loss to Tom Niinimaki last November, Yahya was on a three-fight winning streak. Notably, he has victories over Mark Hominick, Mike Brown, and Eddie Wineland in his 12-year MMA career.
Out of competition since last April, Bedford (19-10-1) will look to shake off some ring rust after recovering from an injury. His UFC 159 loss to Bryan Caraway snapped a three-fight winning streak and further exposed his weak submission defense. Nine of his losses have come by way of submission.