Last month the World Series of Fighting saw its first event aired by NBC. For an organization that is on the eve of only their twelfth event, the WSOF is already making plans for their second event to be aired during primetime on NBC. That’s ‘big’ NBC, not NBCSportsnetwork. With the UFC getting so much attention recently on Fox and Fox Sports 1, the WSOF being aired on NBC is a huge feather in the cap of owner Ray Sefo.
Though not official, Sefo and the WSOF are hoping to put on two title fights at WSOF 16, which would take place in late December. It bodes well for the future and stability of the league that they are able to plan four events ahead of time. This kind of forward planning is what lets bigger name mixed martial arts organizations (or the UFC) keep themselves ahead of the game.
A welterweight title fight between Rousimar Palhares and Jon Fitch would co-headline with a second title fight fir the lightweight title between Justin Gaethje and presumably, Melvin Guillard seeing as Guillard most recently won a top contender’s bout over Gesias Cavalcante.
Palhares and Fitch are been two fighters who have been scheduled to meet each other in the cage for quite some time now. Originally, this fight was made for WSOF 11, the first event ever aired on NBC, though Palhares pulled from the fight in order to take care of his ailing mother. Fitch fought at WSOF 11, though went through 3 opponents pulling out of the fight before he beat Dennis Hallman in a 3 round decision. Now, with both men back on track, the showdown should serve as the official main event, being that, typically, the heavier weight fighters are placed higher up on the card.
As for Justin Gaethje and Melvin Guillard, this fight has fireworks written all over it. Gaethje, who won the lightweight belt at WSOF 8 and defended it against Nick Newell and WSOF 11, posses some incredible punching power and athleticism. His dominance of Newell was impressive to say the least. Guillard, a former top contender in the UFC, was immediately thrown into the fire by debuting in the WSOF in a lightweight #1 contender’s fight. After a competitive first round, Guillard managed to TKO Gesias Cavalcante in the second to claim his shot at the title.
With more than 3 months left to build the card, look for the rest of the main card to fill out and for these fights to become official.
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