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Monumental World-Championship Fight Night Featuring Four Title Fights and Star-Studded Match Ups Airs Live from New York City on NBC on December 31

 

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World Series of Fighting today announced a stacked eleven-bout fight card for the unprecedented New Year’s Eve world championship extravaganza at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The WSOFNYC mega-event boasting an unmatched roster of world-class athletes will air live on NBC Sports (2:30 p.m. ET – 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4 p.m. ET – 6 p.m. ET on NBC) on Saturday, December 31.

In the main event, undefeated lightweight (155 pounds) kingpin Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (16-0) defends his crown against Luiz “Buscape” Firmino (19-7) and, in the co-main event the highly-anticipated welterweight (170 pounds), reigning world champion Jon Fitch (28-7) squares off with number one contender and fellow decorated superstar Jake Shields (31-8). Reigning bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (16-4) will also put his title on the line against ferocious contender Josenaldo Silva (25-4). Light Heavyweight and Middleweight Champion David Branch (19-3) will put his Middleweight (185 pounds) belt on the line against challenger Louis Taylor (13-1).
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In addition to the main event, World Series of Fighting announced that heavyweight champion Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-2) will make his return to the decagon at a new weight class of Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) against Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun (9-4). Former top 10 world-ranked Yushin “Thunder” Okami (32-10) will take on battle-tested Paul Bradley (23-6) in a welterweight affair.

Shane Kruchten (11-4) and Jeremy Mahon (5-4) – both U.S. Marine Corps veterans – will do battle in a 150-pound “Who’s The Toughest” catchweight contest. Former UFC standout Jared Rosholt (14-3) will make his much-anticipated promotional debut against fellow World Series of Fighting newcomer and finisher Caio Alencar (9-1) in a featured heavyweight contest.

World Series of Fighting is coming to New York City for New Year’s Eve and WSOFNYC promises to be one of the most monumental fight nights in MMA history.

Tickets for WSOFNYC go on sale on October 28, at the Madison Square Garden box office as well as online at Ticketmaster.com and WSOF.com. Pre-sale information is available at www.WSOF.com/WSOFNYC.

“The debut of World Series of Fighting in New York City promises, without a doubt, one of the most monumental fight nights in the history of the sport.” said World Series of Fighting CEO Carlos Silva.

World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo stated, “This is the biggest, most impressive fight card we’ve put together and fans can expect to see the most action-packed fights from start to finish.”

NBC commentator and play-by-play announcer Todd Harris and legendary Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) artists Bas Rutten and Renzo Gracie will call the action live on NBC from Madison Square Garden in New York City. They will be joined by MMA producer and host Joey Varner.

On the heels of the historic and long-awaited passage of legislation making professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) bouts legal in New York State, World Series of Fighting announced that it will bring its star-studded, championship fight series to Madison Square Garden along with a live broadcast of the show on NBC, on Saturday, December 31.

Main Card (NBC, 4 PM ET – 6 PM ET, Dec 31)

Lightweight Title Fight
Justin Gaethje - Lightweight Champion
Justin Gaethje(Lightweight Champion)(16-0)
VS
Luiz Firmino
Luiz Firmino(19-7)
Welterweight Title Fight
Jon Fitch - Welterweight Champion
Jon Fitch(Welterweight Champion)(28-7)
VS
Jake Shields
Jake Shields(31-8)
Welterweight Fight
Bantamweight Title Fight
Marlon Moraes - Bantamweight Champion
Marlon Moraes
(Bantamweight Champion)
(16-4)
VS

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NBCSN Card (NBCSN, 2:30 PM ET – 4 PM ET, Dec. 31)

Middleweight Title Fight
David Branch - Middleweight Champion
David Branch
(Middleweight Champion)
(19-3)
VS
Louis Taylor
Louis Taylor
(13-1)
Heavyweight Fight
Jared Rosholt
Jared Rosholt
(14-3)
VS
Caio Alencar
Caio Alencar
(9-1)
“Who’s The Toughest?” Catchweight Fight
VS
Jeremy Mahon
Jeremy Mahon
(5-4)

Prelim Card (WSOF.com, 1 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET, Dec. 31)

Light Heavyweight Fight
Middleweight Fight
Vagab Vagabov
Vagab Vagabov
(20-0)
VS
Bruno Santos
Bruno Santos
(14-2)
Featherweight Fight
VS
Welterweight Fight
Tom Marcellino
Tom Marcellino
(7-5)
VS
Matt Denning
Matt Denning
(3-4)

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Jodi Rubenstein, Rubenstein Public Relations; 212-805-3015, JEINHORN@RUBENSTEINPR.COM