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World Series of Fighting 25 in November will play host to a special one-night, eight-fighter tournament to crown the No. 1 contender in the lightweight division.

Luis Palomino, Brian Foster, Mike Ricci, Islam Mamedov, Brian Cobb, Jorge Patino, Joao Zeferino and Rich Patishnock will all via to be the next challenger to Justin Gaethje’s reign.

Set for November 20 from Phoenix and the Comerica Theatre, the main card will air live on NBC Sports Network. Quarterfinal round matchups are expected to be announced shortly.

“We are excited to roll out our first-ever, one-night tournament filled with some of MMA’s top lightweight fighters, and to distinguish a new number one contender in this weight class that has been growing aggressively and is packed with world-class talent,” World Series of Fighting president Ray Sefo said.

Palomino (23-11) is coming off an unforgettable, second, all-out slugfest with reigning, undefeated World Series of Fighting lightweight champion Justin Gaethje in the main event of WSOF 23, a fight that was named “Fight of the Month” for September last week.

The 34-year-old Palomino, who holds notable wins over the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Gesias Cavalcante and Patino, put Gaethje on the defensive in the outset of their rematch before being stopped near the close of the second round (4:30) with a Gaethje barrage of punches.

Another proven entity who has fought remarkable wars in the cage, Foster (23-7) is fresh off a spectacular performance at WSOF 23 where the 31-year-old scored a thunderous, first round (:32) KO (punch) of previously unbeaten LaRue Burley.

Ricci (10-4) is one of the latest additions to the ever-growing World Series of Fighting roster. The 29-year-old, Firas Zahabi-trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt has faced and defeated a collection of top rivals during his seven-year professional career.

Mamedov (12-1) is a ferocious 25-year-old who is unbeaten in his last 10 starts, a streak that dates back to Aug. 1, 2010. To date, Mamedov has made two appearances in the World Series of Fighting cage, scoring vicious, first round TKO’s on Leon Davis and Jimmy Spicuzza at WSOF 20 and WSOF 22, respectively.

Cobb (20-8) is a wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu expert who has produced submission finishes in 12 of his 20 career wins since his professional debut in 2004. He holds notable victories over fellow standouts Rad Martinez, Drew Fickett, Kazunori Yokota and Ronys Torres.

Patino (38-15-2, 1 NC) holds black belts in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, and boasts the most one-night tournament competition experience of the six competitors slated for action, thus far, in the Nov. 20 affair. Of the seven previous one-night tournaments he saw action in, the 42-year-old emerged the winner in five of them.

Zeferino (18-6) is a submission ace who has won 13 of his 18 career conquests by way of submission. A new addition to the World Series of Fighting roster, the 29-year-old will make his promotional debut in the midst of a five-fight win streak.

Patishnock (6-2) is a 27-year-old rising star and a three-time veteran of World Series of Fighting action. Under the promotional banner, he holds victories over Igor Gracie and Gregor Gracie, both members of MMA’s legendary first family.

T.J. Dillashaw Departs For Colorado-Based Fight Team

UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw became the first fighter to bring Octagon gold back to Team Alpha Male.

Now, Dillashaw will take his title and move on, as he has joined the Elevation Fight Team in Colorado, according to multiple sources.

Dillashaw (12-2) is set to defend his title against Dominick Cruz this January. He started training with Duane Ludwig – who left TAM and opened his own gym in Colorado – and claimed the UFC belt when he defeated Renan Barao.

Leister Bowling is the head coach at Elevation, but Dillashaw is expected to continue to work with Ludwig for striking. Others based out of the MusclePharm Sports Science Center and Research Institute in Denver are Matt Brown, Clay Guida, Neil Magny and Cat Zingano.

“The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me,” Dillashaw told “I thank each and every one of them for helping me along the way and being a part of this journey we’ve shared. This is not the end of being a part of the Team Alpha Male family, but a new chapter in my career.

“I will be spending my next full training camp with Elevation Fight Team as they’ve offered me an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, with an incredible coaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities.”

Dillashaw, a former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, was the center of friction between Ludwig and Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber. Ludwig and Faber have gone back-and-forth in the media, hurling accusations at one another.

one tigers of asia

ONE middleweight champion Igor Svirid makes his first title defense this Friday at ONE: Tigers of Asia against Vitaly Bigdash.

Set for the Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the card boasts several fights that were cancelled from a previous event.

Along with Svirid-Bigdash, female flyweight Ann Osman and Irina Mazepa take to the cage. Other planned bouts include Honorio Banario-Ev Ting, Peter Davis-Adrian Pang and Eric Kelly-Hiroshige Tanaka.

Check out the complete fight card below:


ufc 192

Many wondered if the UFC 192 main event would be one-sided, either in favor of the champion or the challenger.

That was not the case Saturday night in Houston, as Daniel Cormier scored a split decision victory over Alexander Gustafsson in defense of his light heavyweight title.

Cormier earned the bout on two scorecards, 48-47 and 49-46, while Gustafsson claimed the other, 48-47.

For “DC,” it marked his first title defense after winning the vacant belt from Anthony Johnson earlier this year. Officials stripped Jon Jones of the title after his outside-the-Octagon run-in with the law.

In the co-main event, Ryan Bader scored his fifth consecutive victory and positioned himself as a top contender with a decision victory over former UFC champion Rashad Evans.

Evans was making his return after a lengthy layoff due to knee surgery, but was unable to defeat the former Ultimate Fighter winner.

Ruslan Magomedov, Joseph Benavidez and Julianna Pena all completed the main card with decisions, as all five bouts went the distance.

A previously scheduled welterweight title-eliminator featuring Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley was scrapped after Hendricks was forced to the hospital with kidney stones and intestinal blockage a day before weigh-ins.

Yair Rodriguez started a string of six straight decisions when he bested Dan Hooker in the prelim feature bout, while Albert Tumenov and Adriano Martins claimed “Performance of the Night” finishes.

Rose Namajunas, Sage Northcutt, Sergio Pettis and Derrick Lewis all earned wins inside the Toyota Center. The attendance was announced at 14,622.

Along with Tumenov and Martins claiming bonuses, Cormier and Gustafsson were awarded the “Fight of the Night.” All four picked up $50,000 for their efforts.

Complete results can be found below:

Daniel Cormier def. Alexander Gustafsson via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) to retain the UFC light heavyweight championship

Ryan Bader def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ruslan Magomedov def. Shawn Jordan via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Joseph Benavidez def. Ali Bagautinov via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Julianna Pena def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Yair Rodriguez def. Dan Hooker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Albert Tumenov def. Alan Jouban via TKO (head-kick, strikes) at 2:55 of Round 1

Adriano Martins def. Islam Makhachev via KO (strike) at 1:46 of Round 1

Rose Namajunas def. Angela Hill via technical submission (standing rear-naked choke) at 2:47 of Round 1

Sage Northcutt def. Francisco Trevino via TKO (elbows, strikes) at :57 of Round 1

Sergio Pettis def. Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)

Derrick Lewis def. Viktor Pesta via TKO (strikes) at 1:15 of Round 3

ufc 192

Weigh-ins for UFC 192 went down earlier today, and FightLine has complete results.

In the main event, Daniel Cormier defends his light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson. Cormier will be making his first title defense after winning the belt from Anthony Johnson earlier this year.

“DC” weighed in at 205 pounds, while Gustafsson tipped the scales at 204.

A planned title-eliminator in the welterweight division between Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley was scrapped earlier in the day after Hendricks had to be hospitalized. Woodley did weigh-in, earning his show money and a future title shot.

Francisco Trevino was the only fighter to miss weight, coming in over for his prelim scrap with Sage Northcutt.

Complete weigh-in results, along with a video replay, can be found below:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Cormier (205 lbs.) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (204) for Cormier’s title

Rashad Evans (205) vs. Ryan Bader (206)

Shawn Jordan (265) vs. Ruslan Magomedov (236)

Joseph Benavidez (126) vs. Ali Bagautinov (125)

Jessica Eye (136) vs. Julianna Pena (135)


Yair Rodriguez (145) vs. Dan Hooker (146)

Albert Tumenov (170) vs. Alan Jouban (170)

Islam Makhachev (156) vs. Adriano Martins (156)

Rose Namajunas (115) vs. Angela Hill (115)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:40 p.m. ET)

Sage Northcutt (156) vs. Francisco Trevino (160)

Chris Cariaso (126) vs. Sergio Pettis (126)

Viktor Pesta (237) vs. Derrick Lewis (265)

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