On the heels of the wildly successful, sold-out WSOFNYC mega-event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, the World Series of Fighting is looking to double-down on exciting Mixed Martial Arts action in the Empire State when it visits the gorgeous Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. WSOF35: Ivanov vs. Jordan’s championship card includes a packed lineup as three titles will be on the line. The main card will kick off Saturday, March 18 at 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT live on NBCSN.  Click here to locate NBCSN in your channel lineup.  It was also be available on the FITE TV app outside of the of the U.S. for $9.99.

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WSOF35 features 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 bantamweight championship fight between top contenders Bekbulat Magomedov (17-1) and Donavon Frelow (6-1-0).

The six-fight preliminary card was streamed free, worldwide live on WSOF.com, via Facebook Live, the FITE TV app and on the Kiswe Mobile App beginning at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 AM PT.

Weigh-ins were streamed live on WSOF.com and via Facebook Live beginning at 5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT on Friday, Mar. 17 from the Oneida Room at Turning Stone Resort Casino.

MAIN CARD (Live on NBCSN, Saturday at 11:00 PM ET / 8:00 PM PT, Mar. 18)

  • Heavyweight Title Fight: Blagoy Ivanov def. Shawn Jordan via TKO (strikes) Rd.1, 1:43
  • With heavyweights come big, strong knockouts. Ivanov stayed true to that rule and sought out the finish right away. The first round began with both men feeling one another out, but all it took was one clean shot to stop the fight before the first round bell. Ivanov did just that and cracked Jordan once, saw him wobble and went in for the kill. Once Jordan was on the ground he looked to finish him from top position with some more heavy leather. It was yet another successful title defense for Ivanov, making it his third consecutive as the WSOF heavyweight champion.

  • Featherweight Title Fight: Andre Harrison def. Lance Palmer via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 46-49)
  • The hype of this fight surely delivered. In the first round we saw a technical exchange on the feet with Palmer landing heavy body kicks and Harrison picking his danger shots. Late in the first round Palmer got his first taste of Harrison’s power, knocking him back onto the canvas and stunning him. Luckily, the Team Alpha Male fighter recovered quickly and continued to exchange on the feet, despite the dangers Harrison presented. The next two rounds were the same dangerous striking exchanges with both fighters turning up the heat once they engaged or made contact. Palmer went for the take down on a few occasions in the second and third but was challenged well by his opponent with ground and pound. The championship rounds saw the two men work to find an opening with the aggression coming from Palmer. However, in the fifth and final round, Harrison cracked the former featherweight champ hard inflicting major bleeding on his forehead. Although the story of the fight was an even contest, Harrison’s power, significant strikes and hard shots ultimately earned him the victory. One of the most anticipated match-ups in the featherweight division ended with the crowning a new champion.

  • Bantamweight Title Fight: Bekbulat Magomedov def. Donavon Frelow via Unanimous Decision (50-45)

  • In a five round fight, one can expect a patient crescendo towards action and that’s exactly what happened between Magomedov and Frelow. In the first, both men used the round to find proper openings and save their gas tanks from going on empty. More activity came by way of the former flyweight with Magomedov doing well in the grappling exchanges and scoring some grueling take downs. The second round saw both men push for submissions including a dangerous guillotine from Frelow. Magomedov on the other hand used the grappling exchanges to sustain a dominant position with no real threat of a submission. On the feet is when Frelow did his best to let his hands go and potentially knock the Russian out, but his attempts were constantly neutralized by Magomedov’s wrestling. The laborious – what felt like – grappling match lasted well into the latter rounds leaving the crowd restless. The dominance of Magomedov meant a clean sweep from the judges for Russian to earn the vacated 135-lb bantamweight championship of the world.

PRELIM CARD (WSOF.com, 8:15 PM ET / 5:15 PM ET, Saturday, Mar. 18)

  • Welterweight: Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Matt Secor via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Our final bout in the preliminary card didn’t disappoint with two durable and tough welterweights fighting for decagon dominance. Nurmagomedov started the round committing to his jab and moving forward, clipping Secor enough to stun him in the latter parts of the first. However, the real battle between these two men was in the grappling exchanges where both fought to gain a better position. Heading into the second, we saw the Russian land again with his jab but eventually the fight went to the mats with Secor just about sealing a dangerous heel hook. The third saw the most activity with Nurmagomedov pushing for a KO finish on the feet with his vicious combinations landing over and over on the chin of Secor. Once the fight hit the ground again, a clean triangle attempt just about locked up the victory for the New Yorker, but instead the final minutes of the round played out with Abubakar Nurmagomedov ultimately sealing the unanimous decision victory.

  • Lightweight: Tom Marcellino def. Bill Jones via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • If there was a fight when the crowd came alive, it was this one. Hometown banger Tommy Marcellino entered the octagon with the crowd erupting in unison the second his name was announced. However, despite having an army behind him, Marcellino was taking on the experienced Jones who was there to potentially spoil the party. In the first, both men shared shots in the center of the octagon before Marcellino landed significant ones on the chin of Jones. Eventually thanks to a labored takedown and a scramble on the canvas, a grappling match ensued where Marcellino found himself caught in a dangerous submission attempt. The hometown favorite worked his way out from both angles and punished Jones by committing to submissions of his own whilst pouring on the ground and pound. In the third round Jones made an extensive effort to win the exchanges on the feet and rock Marcellino, but like the previous rounds the lightweight used his grappling prowess to grind out yet another victory in the WSOF cage.

  • Featherweight: Hakeem Dawodu def. Steven Siler via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-28, 30-27)
  • This fight was filled with activity right from the first bell. Right away Dawodu was hungry for a quick KO landing heavy leather on the chin of Siler. It only took a short period of time before the Canadian’s power hit home and cracked Siler so well that he fell to the canvas. However, Siler recuperated very well and came back to land a few shots of his own to also hurt Dawodu. The Utah native eventually took his opponent to the ground and tried to lock in a deep rear-naked choke that looked to almost end the fight, but Dawodu defended well despite Siler constantly committing to a submission. In round two, Dawodu once against pushed forward to land some powerful shots and further inflicted the already bloodied nose of Siler. Every opportunity that he had, Siler tried to commit to a submission, but Dawodu’s defense was outstanding tonight, using his position to land ground and pound. By the third, Dawodu’s volume of shots didn’t die, but instead continued at a hard pace at the expense of his opponent’s impressive chin. Overall, the grit and commitment of both fighters stood out but the victory fell in favour of the Canadian via unanimous decision extending his perfect record to 7-0.

  • Lightweight: Islam Mamedov def. Natan Schulte via Submission (Armbar) Rd. 2, 4:56
  • This fight was all Mamedov’s world whether Schulte liked it or not. Not only was there a large contingent of Mamedov supporters in house, but also it only took two rounds for him to close out the third fight of the night. In the first round the two men shared the center of the octagon and traded shots looking for range. In moments, Schulte put his Russian opponent in danger against the fence, but when it came to round two it was all Mamedov. The lightweight took control of the pace, pushed forth and barricaded Schulte against the fence looking to find a dominant position. Mamedov eventually found his dominant position but struggled to keep it while Schulte scrambled to get free of his unforgiving ground and pound. With only seconds left in the fight – even while Schulte looked to escape – Mamedov grabbed the Brazilian’s arm, flattened him out and secured a vicious armbar with 3 seconds left in the second. Needless to say, the crowd went wild for the timely finish.

  • Featherweight: Steven Rodriguez def. Alexandre Almeida via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • This bout opened with a technical energy with several moments of explosive danger. Both men looked to find their range in the first round with the Brazilian ultimately dictating the pace. As the first died out, Almeida forced Rodriguez to the ground and flattened him out looking for a tight rear-naked choke. He had his forearm tightly clasped around the Costa Rican’s chin, but not under, attempting to what looked like a chance to crank his way to a submission victory. Instead the fight played out a full three rounds with Rodriguez opening up in the third and putting the Brazilian in some threatening positions on the feet really forcing his aggressiveness. In the end, Rodriguez finished the fight with his hand raised, emerging not only victorious in his WSOF debut but also defeating a former champion in it definitively.

  • Catchweight: Emmanuel Walo def. Andrews Nakahara via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • The opener to a stacked WSOF35 featured two well-matched welterweights set to inspire fireworks for the rest of the night. The first round saw the two men trade several strikes on the feet including some laced with significant damage. Walo was the first to push forward and land hard strikes with Nakahara reciprocating with every opening. However, although the striking dance lasted a bulk of round one, it was Walo that ended the round strong with a heavy take down and good cage control. In round two with the sweat flowing, both men went in for the kill diligently chopping each other’s legs and looking for an opening for a strike heavy enough to KO the other man. The same chaos headed into round three with Walo achieving the most dangerous of strikes before the final bell. In the end, Walo did enough to earn himself the split decision victory.

 

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