Undercard headlined by pivotal featherweight match between former champion Alexandre Almeida and Steven Siler Airs Live from Turning Stone Resort Casino on NBCSN on March 18
LAS VEGAS (Feb. 14, 2017) – World Series of Fighting (www.WSOF.com) has announced a stellar eight-fight preliminary bout card, headlined by a featherweight (145 pounds) showdown between Alexandre “Capitao” Almeida (18-6) and Steven “Super” Siler (28-15).
The undercard joins the previously announced star-studded, WSOF35: Ivanov vs. Jordan event featuring a heavyweight championship main event between reigning kingpin Blagoy Ivanov (14-1) and No. 1 contender Shawn “Savage” Jordan (19-7); the featherweight championship co-main event between defending champion Lance “The Party” Palmer (11-2) and challenger Andre “The Bull” Harrison (15-0) and the bamtamweight championship fight between top contenders Timur “The Lucky” Valiev (11-2) and Bekbulat Magomedov (17-1) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on Saturday, March 18, live on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
The preliminary fight card will stream live and free worldwide on WSOF.com, via the FITE TV app and on the Kiswe Mobile App beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, immediately before the national broadcast.
Priced from $30, tickets for WSOF35: Ivanov vs. Jordan are on sale now at the Turning Stone Resort Casino box office as well as online at Ticketmaster.com and WSOF.com.
Headlining the undercard with be a welterweight battle between Abubakar Nurmagomedov (13-1) and Matt Secor (8-3).
Unbeaten featherweight “Mean” Hakeem Dawodu (6-0-1) of Calgary, Alberta will be looking to continue his impressive run when he faces off against Steven Siler (28-15). All six of Dawodu’s wins come via KO/TKO including his most recent victory against Marat Magomedov at WSOF32. Siler looks to get back on track after dropping a split-decision to current title challenger Andre “The Bull” Harrison (15-0) outside the Decagon
Also, former K-1 star Andrews Nakahara (5-3-2) will face Emmanuel Walo (10-2-1) in a welterweight clash. A former competitor on The Ultimate Fighter, Nakahara will be looking to put together back-to-back wins after making a successful debut at WSOF32 last year. Meanwhile, Wallo will attempt to add another win inside the Decagon. Previously going 2-0 in his WSOF appearances, Wallo is enjoying a three-fight winning streak overall.
Alexandre Almeida (17-7) will be squaring off against Steven “Avenger” Rodriguez (8-2) in a featherweight fight. Almeida (17-7) will be looking to secure another title match after losing the belt in a rematch against Palmer at WSOF32. Hailing from Costa Rica, Rodriguez is currently in the midst of a seven-fight winning streak.
Talented prospect Phil Hawes (4-1) of Little Ferry, N.J. is set to compete in a middleweight clash with Eli Wynter (2-0). Hawes made an impressive debut with WSOF last year when the 6-foot, 27-year-old made quick work of Joshua Key, scoring a first round (2:52) TKO with a series of elbow strikes. Hawes is looking to to rebound from a disappointing loss to Louis “Put The Guns Down” Taylor at WSOF32 after taking the fight on quick turnaround. Wynter, fighting out of Kennesaw, Ga., is riding a two-fight win streak, winning both by KO/TKO.
Renzo Gracie fighter Tom “Tommy Gun” Marcellino (8-5) picked up a victory last time he fought in New York and will look to do the same at the expense of veteran Bill Jones (12-10) of Berwick, Maine in a lightweight showdown.
Looking to cement his place atop the 155-pound rankings, Islam Mamedov (13-1) squares off with American Top Team’s Natan “Desmanche” Schulte (11-2) in a lightweight battle.
Elsewhere on the WSOF35 preliminary card, Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington (14-10) faces Rodrigo “The Young Lion” Almeida (13-4) in a featherweight rematch. The two men previously met at WSOF24 with Boyington emerging victorious by split decision.
Boyington will be looking to end a two-fight losing skid to close out 2016. Boyington is always game to face the best fighters available, evident by taking on the undefeated Harrison at WSOFNYC and now the talented prospect Almeida at WSOF35.
Born in Brazil but fighting out of Woburn, MA, Almeida will be looking for revenge against his former adversary. Almeida has gone 1-1 outside the promotion since the Boyington fight and will look to prove that he belongs among the upper echelon of talent in the WSOF featherweight division.
WSOF35: IVANOV VS. JORDAN
MAIN CARD (Live on NBCSN)
World Series of Fighting Heavyweight Championship Main Event:
Blagoy Ivanov (Champion) vs. Shawn Jordan (Challenger)
World Series of Fighting Featherweight Championship Co-Main Event:
Lance Palmer (Champion) vs. Andre Harrison (Challenger)
World Series of Fighting Bantamweight Championship (vacant):
Timur Valiev vs. Bekbulat Magomedov
PRELIMINARY CARD (Live on WSOF.com)
Welterweight: Abubakar Nurmagomedov (13-1-1) vs. Matt Secor (8-3)
Featherweight: Hakeem Dawodu (6-0-1) vs. Steven Siler (28-15)
Welterweight: Andrews Nakahara (5-3-2) vs. Emmanuel Walo (10-2-1)
Lightweight: Islam Mamedov (13-1) vs. Natan Schulte (11-2)
Middleweight: Phil Hawes (4-1) vs. Eli Wynter (2-0)
Featherweight: Alexandre Almeida (17-7) vs Steven Rodriguez (8-2)
Lightweight: Tom Marcellino (8-5) vs. Bill Jones (12-10)
Featherweight: Bruce Boyington (14-10) vs. Rodrigo Almeida (13-4)
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