Executive Action: WSOF Signs Gladiator, Thug Nasty And Doomsday
Mar 08, 2016
World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo is back with the latest edition of “Executive Orders.” The legendary kickboxer and current exec gives fans a little peek behind the scenes of the promotion with an exclusive new post on WSOF.com each week.
This Saturday night, we’ll be in Colorado to see what I think could easily be one of the best fights we’ve ever held in the World Series of Fighting decagon, with undefeated lightweight champion Justin Gaethje (15-0) taking on hard-hitting veteran, World Series of Fighting tournament winner and current No. 1 contender Brian Foster (15-8).
That fight headlines this weekend’s “WSOF29: Gaethje vs. Foster” event, which takes place at Bank of Colorado Arena in Greeley, Colo. Like all of our events, the WSOF29 main card airs on NBCSN.
But before I shift my focus entirely to this weekend’s event, I wanted to announce a few new signings we’ve made.
First, I’d like to welcome Wai Kru MMA fighter John “Doomsday” Howard (23-12) to the World Series of Fighting welterweight division.
John has been a professional fighter for more than a decade, and he’s shown the ability to win fights both by knockout and submission. Most fans probably know John for his 14 appearances in the UFC, where he picked up wins over fighters like Siyar Bahadurzada, Uriah Hall, Dennis Hallman, Tamdan McRory and Daniel Roberts.
John has had a few tough losses in recent years, but I believe he still has a lot to offer the sport, and I look forward to him debuting for us later this year.
We’ve also signed a German prospect I’m very excited about, with Abu “Gladiator” Azaitar (11-1).
Abu has been fighting in Europe, primarily as a middleweight, but I think he’ll also end up competing in our welterweight division. Abu has been gaining experience fighting for some of Europe’s top promotions, including KSW and Cage Warriors Fighting Championship.
Abu is a gifted striker, and seven of his 11 wins have come by knockout. Six of those came in the first round. We’re finalizing his first opponent now, and I think we’ll have the details for you very soon.
And last, I’m happy to announce we’ve agreed to terms on a new deal with one of the most impressive newcomers to the World Series of Fighting decagon this year, Bryce “Thug Nasty” Mitchell (5-0).
Bryce made his debut for us in January, tapping out Jorge Medina in the first round at WSOF27. Bryce is now 5-0 in his career, and all five of those wins have come by first-round submission.
I think “Thug Nasty” has a bright career in front of him, and I’m happy to announce it will continue to develop in the World Series of Fighting decagon.
We’ll have more announcements coming soon, but in the meantime, I’m excited to share the news of these new deals with you.
Now it’s on to Colorado, where two of the most explosive athletes in the world will lock horns at WSOF29. Justin Gaethje vs. Brian Foster is going to be incredible!
More Executive Action from Ray Sefo:
– In ‘The Year Of Free Agency’ WSOF Is Going Shopping
– Moraes May Finally Be On Collision Course With Valiev
– Shields Won’t Fight Fitch, So Zeferino Will Get Title Shot
– The Future Looks Bright At WSOF27
– Sefo Wants More Tournaments In 2016
– Sefo Passed On Fedor Fight, Still Wants Shot