What: The World Series of Fighting will host an eight-man lightweight tournament. The winner will get a future shot at Justin Gaethje’s lightweight championship.
When: Quarterfinal fights begin on the preliminary card Friday, November 20th at 8 p.m. on WSOF.com. The semifinals and championship round will air on the main card, which will take place at 11 p.m. on NBCSN.
Where: Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
Who: Here are the eight fighters who will participate in the tournament.
Rich Patishnock: The tournament is another chance to claim the lightweight title that he was ever so close to winning back in January 2014. Patishnock had a chance to win the lightweight championship, but lost to Gaethje in the main event of the WSOF 8 event. This will be the first time we’ve seen Patishnock in the decagon since his loss to Gaethje.
Brian Cobb: The 35-year old high school math and physics teacher will make his return to the WSOF for the first time since the WSOF 2 event in June of 2013. Cobb lost by TKO to Gaethje.
Luis Palomino: Pushed Gaethje in his last two title defenses, including a dramatic main event at the WSOF 19 event.
Brian Foster: In Foster’s 30 career fights, just one has gone to a decision. The 35-year old rebounded from a loss to Jake Shields at WSOF 17 with a knockout victory over Larue Burley in September.
Joao Zeferino: A former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion who has 13 career submission victories…in the first round.
Mike Ricci: “The Ultimate Fighter 16” finalist will make his WSOF debut against Cobb in the quarterfinals.
Islam Mamedov: Is on an 11 fight winning streak entering the tournament. Mamedov has dominated in his two WSOF fights (WSOF 20 vs. Leon Davis, WSOF 23 vs. Jimmy Spicuzza). The 25-year old won both fights in the first round by TKO.
Jorge Patino: The elder statesman of the tournament. The 42-year old Brazilian has been fighting professionally since 1995. The last time Patino was in the decagon, he lost a hard fought contest to Palomino.
How: The tournament will consist of four quarterfinal fights that will last two rounds. The winners from those fights will face off in the semifinals, which will again last for two rounds each. The two winners will then advance to the main event of WSOF 25, which will be a three round bout.
Here are quarterfinal fights that will take place during the prelims:
Islam Mamedov vs. Jorge Patino, Brian Cobb vs. Mike Ricci
Brian Foster vs. Joao Zeferino, Luis Palomino vs. Rich Patishnock
There will also be two reserve fights to determine who may enter the tournament as an alternate in case someone has to leave due to exhaustion or injury. The two reserve bouts will take place on the prelims and will feature these four fighters:
Benny Madrid vs. Ramil Mustapayev
LaRue Burley vs. Joe Condon
Why: Since becoming the first lightweight champion in WSOF history, Gaethje has successfully defended his title four times, including two exciting fights with Luis Palomino. The eight man tournament will give everyone involved an opportunity to become the first man to defeat Gaethje inside the decagon.