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Justin Gaetje returns to the cage this Friday night, defending his World Series of Fighting lightweight title against Luis Palomino in the main event of WSOF 23.

Set for the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, the main card will air live on NBC Sports Network.

Gaethje scored a victory over Palomino back at WSOF 19, but officials decided to grant the veteran an immediate rematch.

Along with Gaethje-Palomino, WSOF middleweight champion David Branch will face Teddy Holder in the finals of the light heavyweight tournament. The winner will be crowned the new champion.

Other planned main card fights include Timur Valiev vs. Tito Jones, Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor vs. Roberto Yong and Brian Foster vs. LaRue Bentley.

Eight prelim fights will stream online prior to the start of the televised main card.

Below is the current lineup, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/10 p.m. ET)

WSOF Lightweight Championship
Justin Gaethje (c) vs. Luis Palomino

Inaugural WSOF Light Heavyweight Championship
David Branch vs. Teddy Holder

Bantamweight: Timur Valiev vs. Tito Jones

Catchweight: Phoenix Jones vs. Roberto Yong

Lightweight: Brian Foster vs. LaRue Burley

PRELIMINARY CARD (Online/6:45 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Vagab Vagabov vs. Brian Grinnell

Middleweight: Clifford Starks vs. Krasimir Mladenov

Lightweight: Estevan Payan vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Welterweight: Matthew Frincu vs. Danny Davis, Jr.

Bantamweight: Andres Ponce vs. David Nuzzo

Bantamweight: Randy Steinke vs. Joey Miolla

Lightweight: Benny Madrid vs. Jeff Fletcher

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Luke Rockhold is a former champion, having dominated the middleweight division while competing in Strikeforce.

Since a loss to Vitor Belfort in Brazil, Rockhold has looked the part of a champion again, and will have his opportunity to secure UFC gold this December when he meets Chris Weidman at UFC 194.

Rockhold (14-2) has won four in a row – all via finish – including a submission win over Lyoto Machida this past April.

“We’ll be looking for the takedown, but he won’t get me down,” he said, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “I’m going to shut that down. I’ll be fine on the ground. He’ll have to fight me on his feet. He’s going to scramble out and I see this as a stand-up fight. I’m going to expose his weaknesses.”

Weidman, who is unbeaten and owns victories over the likes of Machida, Belfort and Anderson Silva, has held the title since 2013. Nine of his 13 career wins have been either knockouts or submission victories, including three of his last four.

Despite the middleweight belt being the “bigger” in terms of weight of the two set to be defended in December, Rockhold and Weidman will play the co-main event role to a featherweight unification match pitting Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor.

And that’s fine by Rockhold.

“I don’t have a fighting country behind me! The Irish are behind Conor, and Jose is the longest reigning champion,” he said. “I’m going to go out there and perform and make that night my night.”

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Urijah Faber doesn’t let an interview go by without taking a shot at long-time rival Dominick Cruz.

Earlier this week, Faber appeared on “UFC Tonight” to discuss the 22nd season of The Ultimate Fighter, which he is coaching opposite Conor McGregor on. It marks the second appearance for “The California Kid” on the reality series, as he previously coached vs. Dominick Cruz on the first – and only – live season to date.

“It was a lot shorter season, and I had someone with more personality, instead of Dominick ‘the dud’ Cruz,” Faber said. “There was a lot of back and forth banter and they got it all in there. The big difference was we didn’t get to pick our teams. They said here’s your team. I was happy with the team. Our guys were warriors. There were some amazing fights.”

And while Faber added that he “likes Conor,” he did take a jab at his coaching-style.

“We only got half the time with Conor because he was sleeping in until 3 (p.m.) everyday,” Faber said.

Faber also responded to comments made by McGregor concerning Team Alpha Male teammate T.J. Dillashaw.

“Just so you know there’s a whole backstory to that, but you have to tune into TUF to know what we’re talking about,” he said. “But there is a snake that was getting on our nerves. T.J. is my boy.”

Pushed further, Faber admitted that former TAM head coach Duane Ludwig was the “deal” McGregor was referring to. Ludwig left the gym but continues to train Dillashaw and a handful of other fighters from the camp.

“The deal that Conor was talking about was about Ludwig. Dysfunction follows that guy,” he said. “I gave that guy a great opportunity and he seems to ruin it. He’s been kind of a bully and a tyrant for the team. Conor saw a little opportunity to needle and he did.”

Conor McGregor

Interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has skyrocketed to the top of the MMA world since debuting inside the Octagon a short time ago.

Now, fresh off coaching the 22nd season of The Ultimate Fighter, “Notorious” continues to hold nothing back in interviews.

“I’m the hardest working, highest paid fighter in the game,” he said, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “What I went through for my last fight – the preparation, all the world tours and press, re-injuring myself, facing a new opponent, then winning the belt and coming through the adversity was so much. Then the idea of getting locked in a house for TUF, I thought I can’t do that. But when we sat down on day one, I sat back and said, this is a great life. This is what I do this for and this is experience of the lifetime. I embraced it and had fun.”

McGregor coached opposite Urijah Faber on the show, which debuts on FOX Sports 1 this Wednesday, but will meet Jose Aldo to unify the featherweight titles later this year.

While the Irish fighter got along fine with Faber, another member of his team – and reigning bantamweight champion – T.J. Dillashaw was referred to by McGregor as a “snake in the grass.”

“You brought him to help you, but he’s a snake in the grass,” McGregor told Faber. “I sense disloyalty. It’s not that I don’t like T.J.; he’s harmless.”

While obtaining the unified featherweight title remains priority No. 1, a weight change is already on McGregor’s mind. Before signing with the UFC, he held both the featherweight and lightweight gold for Cage Warriors. The division is currently ruled by Rafael dos Anjos, who will defend vs. Donald Cerrone this December.

“I have my eyes on killing Jose and then going up and killing the lightweight division,” he said. “If Dos Anjos or Cerrone have the opportunity to fight me, they would. It changes your life when you fight me. Neither of them bring anything to the table. When you fight me, I can change your whole life. Chad went from taking home $48,000 to half a million flat. He ain’t hitting seven (figures) like me!”

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Demetrious Johnson has been on a roll since the UFC created the flyweight division, turning back all challengers and laying claim to being one of the top fighters in the world.

Now, the current UFC 125-pound champion must turn back the challenge of John Dodson for a second time. The two meet Saturday night in the main event of UFC 191.

“My last five title defenses speak for themselves,” said the champion, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “I knocked out Joseph Benavidez, who had never been finished. I submitted Kyoji Horiguchi, who’s never been finished. I finished John Moraga, who had never been finished. I’m the champion and I’m getting better all around.”

The 29-year-old “Mighty Mouse” scored a 2013 decision win over Dodson and has locked up three submission, a knockout and a decision win since. And while he’s made quick work out of the likes of Chris Cariaso and Benavidez, he is still more than willing to push things as long as needed.

“I don’t make predictions,” he said. “It’s a long night and a lot of hard work, and I love working hard.”

As for those that believe the division will be “cleaned out” once Johnson faces Dodson a second time, the man atop it all isn’t buying that.

“Not at all. There’s still a menace in the division, undefeated Henry Cejudo,” he said. “If he gets past his next opponent, I’ll take away that zero from him.”

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