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World Series of Fighting 23 results

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Lightweight championship fight: Justin Gaethje (C) vs. Luis Palomino

The most anticipated rematch in WSOF history did not disappoint as Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino put on quite a show in the first round of their lightweight title fight. Gaethje was rocked early by a big right hand, but recovered by slamming Palomino to the canvas twice in the round. The lightweight champion also caught Palomino with an uppercut that dropped Palomino to the canvas.

The second round was just as exciting as the challenger came out firing with combinations, but those combos didn’t last for long as Gaethje knocked Palomino to the canvas with yet another uppercut. After a brief clinch, Gaethje clipped the challenger with a series of knees and punches. The champ then landed a stiff right hook, but missed what would have been a devastating uppercut.

Palomino threw a big hook that Gauthje partially blocked and then the champ landed a HUGE right hook that dropped Palomino to the canvas. Gauthje pounced on the opportunity to Palomino away with a series of ground strikes that forced the referee to stop the contest in the second round.

Watch Justin Gaethje defend his title and remain undefeated here:


Light Heavyweight Championship: David Branch vs. Teddy Holder

David Branch became the first person in WSOF history to hold two championships at the same time and the first light heavyweight champion in company history by forcing Teddy Holder to submit via rear-naked choke in the first round.

Branch was aggressive early on as he took Holder down and forced his way into side control. Holder tried to spin out, but Branch stayed ahead of him. Branch was able to gain back control when Holder tried to grab Branch’s feet. Holder was then able to get onto his knees, but Branch quickly sunk in a deep rear-naked choke for the victory.

Watch the highlights of the fight here:



Timur Valiev vs. Tito Jones

After trading blows early in the contest, Tito Jones landed the first big shot of the match as he punched Timur Valiev right in the face. Valiev stumbled back and fell to the canvas, but immediately rebounded and taunted Jones. Towards the end of the first round, Valiev landed a stiff leg kick that hurt Jones.

Valiev started quickly in the second round as he instantly closed the distance, but just like in the first round, Valiev failed to land any combinations because Jones was selective about trading punches. Towards the end of the second round, Valiev put Jones on the canvas with a takedown and then landed a flurry of punches and elbows.

Jones tries to close the distance on Valiev early on in the third round, but he failed to do so. Valiev drilled Jones to the mat with a vicious takedown and pounded away at Jones for the final two minutes of the round.

Valiev was awarded the victory by unanimous decision. Watch highlights of the fight here.


Phoenix Jones vs. Roberto Yong

Roberto Yong’s World Series of Fighting debut was spoiled by Phoenix Jones as Yong was forced to tap out due to a leg scissor choke in the first round of their 160 pound catchweight fight. Yong landed some strong shots to the face of his opponent, but Jones was able to gather himself together and take Yong down to the mat. After transitioning from North-South to Yong’s side, Jones was able to lock in the submission for his first WSOF victory. Watch the highlights here.


Larue Burley vs. Brian Foster

It didn’t take long for Brian Foster to make an impact in the opening bout of the WSOF 23 main card. Foster and Larue Burley began trading punches early on in the first round, which suited Foster as he was able to knockout Burley with a big right hand just 34 seconds into the fight. You can watch the highlights here.

Floyd Mayweather to start MMA training ‘soon’

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Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor in the boxing ring back in August. Now, Mayweather is eyeing a turn in the octagon.

The 41-year-old Mayweather, who retired from boxing following his win over McGregor, confirmed to TMZ Sports that he would “soon” begin training with UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley.

Mayweather thinks it will take him less than a year to acclimate to MMA.

“Even if it takes six-to-eight months, whatever it takes, we want to make sure that everything is done correctly, is done the right way,” Mayweather said.

Mayweather doesn’t believe his skill-set will require extensive improvement. He graded his wrestling skills as “probably a seven” out of 10, but he could “take it up to a nine if possible.” His real weakness is kicking, which Mayweather graded as just a four. But his hand game? “On a scale of 1-10, it’s 100.”

Mayweather was hesitant to say who he would face in his MMA debut, though he was asked directly about a rematch with McGregor.

“I really don’t know,” he said. “We can’t say. That’s why I pause, you know?  I can’t really say, you know? I have to talk to my team, speak with my father and then see how it’s gonna play out.”

Like his boxing match with McGregor, Mayweather and his team want “the right numbers and we would make it happen.”

Tony Ferguson betting favorite against Kevin Lee in UFC 216 main event

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A nine-fight win streak and fight fans’ preference to see strikers win out over grinders might be why Tony Ferguson is such a big favorite against Kevin Lee at UFC 216.

Ferguson is the -225 betting favorite with Lee coming back at +175 as they meet for the interim lightweight title at UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

As noted, Ferguson has won his last nine bouts, ending six early for a nice 66.7 percent rate. For his part, Lee has won five consecutive bouts, ending four early.

Ferguson prefers to work at distance with jabs and kicks, gradually chipping away at his opponent. The 33-year-old is a more well-rounded fighter than the 25-year-old Lee, so laying chalk is justifiable since this bout could go either way.

There is a good case to take Lee and the plus money, though. Lee is far beyond the typical lightweight in how often he attempts takedowns and how often he winds up gaining control. Succeeding in that strategy would leave Ferguson unable to use his best assets.

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (-1200) is a massive favorite against Ray Borg (+700). Johnson is simply too complete a fighter to lose against a boxer-wrestler type such as Borg, but Borg has a great ability to get off of his back and will make Johnson work for the win. Eleven of the last 14 UFC fights (78.6 percent) in which one fighter was a favorite of -1200 or more ended with a stoppage, and based on form Johnson should extend the trend.

The potential upset on the main card involves the heavyweight tilt between former champion Fabricio Werdum (-260) and Derrick Lewis (+200). Werdum’s weakness is his striking defense and Lewis has secured 16 of his 18 career MMA wins via knockout, which seems like a lethal combination in Lewis’ favour. Werdum’s chances of winning likely rest on him wearing Lewis down or getting a takedown that sets up a submission.

As well, Beneil Dariush (-240) is favored against Evan Dunham (+190) on the UFC 216 odds in a lightweight bout that is likely to be heavy on grappling, increasing the possibility of it going the distance. Four of Dariush’s last eight fights were decided by a decision, while Dunham’s four-fight win streak consists entirely of victories by decision.

As long as Dariush stays aggressive in the stand-up game – and he likely won’t have to worry about walking into a devastating punch against a grinder like Dunham – he should be able to get the win.

And Kalindra Faria (-200) is favored against UFC newcomer Mara Romero Borella (+160), a replacement opponent who took the fight after  Andrea Lee was pulled out for not having an up-to-date anti-doping clearance.

Faria is the more seasoned fighter and her ability to throw combinations has helped her score knockouts in more than half of her 18 career professional wins. Romero Borella is undefeated in her last six fights, but prior to that was finished by strikes in three consecutive fights, so there’s potential for an early ending.