All four championship fights on the World Series of Fighting’s historic New Year’s Eve card are official after all the participants made weight Friday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje and challenger Luis Firmino squared off after hitting the scale and had plenty to say to each other. The two jawed back-and-forth under the watchful eye of WSOF President Ray Sefo. The trash talk will end for now but fireworks are expected when the main eventers hit the cage Saturday.
The only hiccup came when Bruce Boyington came in one pound over the 146 lb. limit for his featherweight bout with undefeated WSOF-newcomer Andre Harrison. Boyington will have to give up 20 percent of his purse to his opponent.
The WSOFNYC prelim card will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on WSOF.com. The broadcast will shift to NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. ET and will feature a light heavyweight title showdown between two-division champion David Branch and challenger Louis Taylor.
Gaethje and Firmino will anchor the two-hour NBC program starting at 4 p.m. ET. They will be joined on the network broadcast by welterweight champion Jon Fitch who is set to defend his title against Jake Shields and Marlon Moraes who will duel with debuting challenger Josenaldo Silva for the WSOF bantamweight championship.
MAIN CARD (Live on NBCSN, Friday at 11:00 PM ET / 8:00 PM PT)
- Lightweight Title Fight: Justin Gaethje (154.8) vs. Luiz Firmino (154.4)
- Welterweight: Yushin “Thunder” Okami (170) vs. Paul Bradley (170.6)
- Welterweight Title Fight: Jon Fitch (169.8) vs. Jake Shields (169.2)
- Bantamweight Title Fight: Marlon Moraes (134.8) vs. Josenaldo Silva (134.2)
NBCSN Card (NBCSN, 2:30 PM ET – 4 PM ET, Dec. 31)
- Middleweight Title Fight: David Branch (184.8) vs. Louis Taylor (185)
- Heavyweight: Jared Rosholt (256.8) vs. Caio Alencar (252.8)
- Light Heavyweight: Smealinho Rama (204.4) vs. Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun (205)