Champ Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje vs. Luis “Baboon” Palomino in Lightweight Title Fight
David Branch vs. Teddy Holder in Light Heavyweight Title Fight
NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All Bouts
STAMFORD, Conn. – September 17, 2015 – World Series of Fighting returns to NBCSN tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 18, live at 10 p.m. ET, highlighted by two world title fights. WSOF lightweight champion Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (14-0) defends his title against Luis “Baboon” Palomino (23-10). The bout serves as a rematch of March’s WSOF 19, which Gaethje won by third-round TKO for the second official defense of his belt.
The co-main event features David Branch (16-3) vs. Teddy Holder (9-0) for the inaugural WSOF light heavyweight title. After winning WSOF middleweight championship, Branch moved up in weight to compete in the four-man tournament for the light heavyweight title, beating Jesse McElligott via technical submission at April’s WSOF 20. Holder earned a last-minute call into the four-man light heavyweight tournament after Matt Hamill withdrew, and went on to defeat Thiago Silva in a first-round TKO.
Tomorrow’s card also features bouts between Timur “Lucky” Valiev (9-1) and Tito Jones (11-7) in the bantamweight division; Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor (5-1-1) and Roberto Yong (2-2) fighting a catchweight of 160 pounds; and Brian Foster (22-7) and LaRue “The Cannibal” Burley (6-0) in the lightweight division.
Play-by-play announcer Todd Harris will be joined by mixed martial artists and analysts Bas Rutten and Joey Varner to call the action from Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz.
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World Series of Fighting is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an incredible, action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans by producing the best possible matchups between elite fighters from around the globe. For more information please visit WSOF.com. Follow World Series of Fighting on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.
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