The 11th installment of the World Series of Fighting will feature a return of a top 10 former UFC Lightweight, a former UFC Welterweight Number 1 contender fighting his fourth named opponent after the rest pulled out and the WSOF Lightweight title being decided between 2 11-0 155 pounders.
This card is sweet like sugar thanks to WSOF CEO “Sugar” Ray Sefo.
The NBC televised Main Card will open up with a bantamweight bout between KOTC, Bellator and TUF veteran Cody Bollinger (15-3) and Pablo Alfonso (8-5) a former Strikeforce standout. Bollinger competed in The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 and defeated Rafael De Freitas via TKO in the 2nd round but was eliminated in his next bout against “Shark Bait” Gutierrez by unanimous decision. Cody made his WSOF debut at World Series of Fighting 8 and defeated Tyson Nam via unanimous decision. Alfonso is riding a 3 fight winning streak and defeated long time WEC bantamweight champion and UFC veteran Miguel Torres by first round gullotine choke in his WSOF debut at World Series of Fighting 6.
Then the return of one of the most explosive Lightweights in the MMA world.
The Young Assassin Melvin Guillard (31-13-2-2) adjusts his sights on the WSOF 155 pound title. But before the 5 time UFC bonus award winner and owner of the most KO’s in UFC Lightweight history (8) can receive a match-up for the gold he’s got to go through the Hero’s 2006 and 2007 Middleweight Grand Prix Winner, “JZ” Gesias Cavalcante (18-7-1-2).
After 22 UFC fights Melvin Guillard was hesitantly released and became the top free agent in the MMA world, until the WSOF did what they do best and Ray Sefo signed Melvin who has more than a few years left in him to arguably the number 2 MMA promotion in the world. He will face JZ who has fought in Dream, Strikeforce, Cage Rage and went undefeated in Hero’s.
Following this contest is the Co-Main event that has seen more patches than the new EA Sports UFC game will. “The Grinder” Jon Fitch (25-6-1) will take on “The Super Speedo” Dennis Hallman (53-14-2).
At first it was to be USA vs Brazil for the WSOF Welterweight Title, when Fitch was set to face current champion, Rousimar Palhares.
That was until Rousimar pulled out to take care of his mother.
Then Fitch was expected to face fellow former UFC number 1 contender and fellow renown grappler, Jake Shields.
That was until Sheilds pulled out to due to a shoulder injury.
Then Fitch was expected to face Josh Burkman for the rubber match to settle their rivalry almost spanning 7 years.
That was until Burkman pulled out due to an elbow injury.
Now, finally, Fitch will face former Titan FC, Strikeforce, IFL, MFC, KOTC, WFA Lightweight number 1 contender, and 9 time UFC vet including being UFC Lightweight number 1 contender, “Superman” or “Super-Speedo man” Dennis Hallman. Despite having 70 professional fights, most fans remember Hallman for when he dawned eenie weenie teenie bikini style speedo wear in his TKO loss to Brian Ebersole at UFC 133. Dennis rebounded and defeated John Makdessi via rear naked choke in round 1 of UFC 140, but having not been able to make weight twice in a row prompted his release from the UFC. He has yet to taste defeat since his loss to Ebersole 3 years ago.
In Fitch’s most recent appearance at WSOF 6 he defeated Marcelo Alfaya via split decision and isn’t worried about all the change in opponents.
“We had to shift our gameplan a bit, but you focus on training and don’t get caught up on the details and just keep moving forward.”
The Main Event of the evening, somebody’s “0” doesn’t have to go home, but has to get the hell out of one fighter’s record.
Champion Justin Gaethje (11-0) will defend his Lightweight strap against Nick Newell (11-0).
Ever feel like your hand is tied behind your back? Ever tried fighting like that?
11 times, and has 8 submissions, 2 knockouts and only 1 fight ending by decision victory, that has left the first round.
Let that sink in. 5 fingers on 1 hand, 10 stoppages in 1 round.
What was your excuse for missing work again?
However Nick will have his hand full against Justin who is 4-0 with 4 knockouts under the WSOF banner and most recently won the promotion’s 155 pound belt by TKO’ing Rich Patishnock in the first round at WSOF 8.
22 total fights, 11 knockouts, 9 submissions and only 2 decisions between these two crowd pleasing practitioners.
Just because this event is the day after Independence Day, doesn’t mean there will be any lack of fireworks and at 4PM ET/ 1PM PT the NBC televised event will show why the WSOF is solidifying itself as an elite source for legitimately mega match-ups in MMA.