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Officials have set the field for the No. 1 contender lightweight tournament set for World Series of Fighting 25.

The card takes place November 20 from Phoenix, with the main card airing live on NBC Sports Network.

In quarterfinal round matches, Islan Mamedov meets Jorge Patino, Mike Ricci faces Brian Cobb, Luis Palomino battles Rich Patishnock and Brian Foster faces Joao Zeferino.

“We are excited about the star-studded lineup and incredible matchups we have assembled for the first World Series of Fighting one-night tournament in history,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo. “Combined with an outstanding co-main event between Jason High and Estevan Payan, this is a must-see event for any fight fan.”

Also, Jason High and Estevan Payan collide in the co-main event for the card.

Below is the current card:

MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network)

Lightweight: Jason High vs. Estevan Payan

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Mike Ricci vs. Brian Cobb

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Luis Palomino vs. Rich Patishnock

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Brian Foster vs. Joao Zeferino

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Jorge Patino vs. Islam Mamedov

rafael carvalho

Brandon Halsey can reclaim the title he never lost inside the cage this Friday night at Bellator 144.

Halsey, who was stripped of the middleweight championship after missing weight, will face Rafael Carvalho in the main event on Spike TV from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

This past May, officials removed the title from Halsey’s (9-0) waist prior to a fight vs. Kendall Grove. The former NCAA wrestler weighed in at 188 pounds, three over the max.

Carvalho (11-1) is 2-0 since signing with Bellator last year, including a split decision win in April over Joe Schilling. He is on an 11-fight win streak.

Other planned main card bouts include Brennan Ward vs. Dennis Olson, Isao Kobayashi vs. Goiti Yamauchi and Michael Page vs. Charlie Ontiveros.

The card was also to feature Eduardo Dantas-Marcos Galvao, but an injury scrapped the bantamweight championship match.

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

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Vacant Bellator Middleweight Championship
Brandon Halsey vs. Rafael Carvalho

Welterweight: Brennan Ward vs. Dennis Olson

Featherweight: Isao Kobayashi vs. Goiti Yamauchi

Welterweight: Michael Page vs. Charlie Ontiveros


Featherweight: Matt Bessette vs. Kevin Roddy

Welterweight: Matt Secore vs. Jeremie Holloway

Catchweight: Pete Rogers, Jr. vs. Marius Enache

Bantamweight: Kin Moy vs. Walter Smith-Cotito

Flyweight: Billy Giovanella vs. Brandon Polcare

Catchweight: Keenan Raymond vs. Damien Trites

Lightweight: Sam Watford vs. TJ Hepburn

Welterweight: Ilka Kotau vs. Kemran Lachinov

Heavyweight: Kevin Haley vs. Mike Zichelle

yushin okami

Former UFC title contender Jon Fitch earned himself a shot at the World Series of Fighting welterweight belt with a decision win over Yushin Okami Saturday night in the main event of WSOF 24.

The main card aired live on NBC Sports Network.

Fitch earned the win on all three scorecards, including a pair of clean sweeps over Okami, also a former UFC title-contender. Fitch and Jake Shields will now meet to crown a new welterweight champion after the promotion stripped Rousimar Palhares of the title earlier this year.

In the co-main event, Blagoy Ivanov finished Derrick Mehmen in the second round via strikes to retain the WSOF heavyweight belt. Also, Magomed Bibulatov became the first-ever WSOF flyweight champion with a decision win over Donavon Frelow.

Vinny Magalhaes submitted Matt Hamill in another battle of former UFC fighters with a first round kneebar, while Nick Newell earned a decision vs. Tom Marcellino. Newell, a former WSOF title challenger, announced his retirement following the performance.

On the preliminary card, Rick Glenn knocked Adam Ward out in the second round and Alexandre Almeida scored a future title shot vs. WSOF featherweight champion Lance Palmer with a first round submission of Saul Almeida.

Other prelim winners were Colton Smith, Patrick Walsh, Rex Harris and Bruce Boyington.

Complete results can be found below:

Jon Fitch def. Yushin Okami via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

BlagoyIvanov def. Derrick Mehmen via TKO (strikes) at 4:33 of Round 2 to remain WSOF heavyweight champion

Nick Newell def. Tom Marcellino via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Vinny Magalhaes def. Matt Hamill via submission (kneebar) at 1:08 of Round 1

Magomed Bibulatov def. Donavon Frelow via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to become WSOF flyweight champion

Rick Glenn def. Adam Ward via KO (strike) at 1:27 of Round 2

Alexandre Almeida def. Saul Almeida via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:23 of Round 1

Colton Smith def. Washington Nunes Da Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Patrick Walsh def. Tyler King via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Rex Harris def. Justin Torrey via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Bruce Boyington def. Rodrigo Almeida via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

georges st-pierre

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre stood on the top pedestal of the sport for years.

However, in 2013, St-Pierre stepped away from mixed martial arts, vacating the title and leaving a legacy behind as one of the all-time greats.

During a recent interview with Montreal’s Reseau de sports, GSP decided to get fans all excited with comments about a possible return – though he did rule out getting back into training this year.

“I’m starting to get the feeling, more and more, to come back,” St-Pierre said (thanks to for the translation). “I watch the fights to see what’s going on in my division, and I’m staying in shape. It’s like a knife that I have to keep sharp just in case I ever decide to jump back in the mix. It’s not for sure that it won’t happen in 2015, but I’m not sure yet.”

Back in 2013, St-Pierre bested Johny Hendricks in another successful title defense. All total, the 34-year-old has 19 wins inside the Octagon and has defeated the likes of Hendricks, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Jake Shields and Josh Koscheck in recent years.

travis browne

Travis Browne and Ronda Rousey are a pair.

Just don’t refer to them as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Appearing on a recent edition of “The MMA Hour,” Browne confirmed that he and the UFC female bantamweight champion are together after a summer of talking.

“She’s my woman, and I’m her man,” Brown said. “There’s no boyfriend-girlfriend stuff. There’s no dating; we’re together.”

Browne (17-3-1) broke up with fitness model Jenna Renee Webb after allegations of assault. An independent study by the UFC was conducted and “Hapa” was reinstated after being suspended.

As all that was going on, Browne and Rousey struck up a relationship as he dealt with all the “(expletive) that I had to shuffle through.”

“Over the summer, Ronda and I started talking,” he said. “I’ll say now that we are together.”

Up next for Browne will be Matt Mitrione in January, while Rousey (12-0) defends her title next month vs. Holly Holm in Australia at UFC 193.

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