On Friday, Sept. 18, World Series of Fighting held its 23rd event from the Comerica Theatre inPhoenix.
In the night’s main event, the promotion’s lightweight champion, Justin Gaethje, put his belt on the line once again in a rematch with Luis Palomino. The pair met in March at WSOF 19 with Gaethje earning a third-round TKO in a “Fight of the Year” candidate.
The co-main event also featured gold on the line as the promotion crowned its inaugural light heavyweight champion. The title tilt pitted the promotion’s middleweight kingpin, Dave Branch, against surprising tournament finalist Teddy Holder. Branch bested Jesse McElligott to claim his spot in the final, while Holder upset UFC veteran Thiago Silva to earn his chance at the belt.
The preliminary card aired live on Combat Press at 7 p.m. ET. The main card was broadcast on the NBC Sports Network at 10 p.m. ET.
Above are video highlights of the light heavyweight title fight between Branch and Holder (courtesy of NBC Sports).
WSOF 23 Fight Card
Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino – for lightweight title
David Branch vs. Teddy Holder – for inaugural light heavyweight title
Tito Jones vs. Timur Valiev
Ben Fodor vs. Roberto Yong
LaRue Burley vs. Brian Foster
Brian Grinnell vs. Vagab Vagabov
Krasimir Mladenov vs. Clifford Starks
Danny Davis Jr. vs. Matthew Frincu
David Nuzzo vs. Andres Ponce
Joey Miolla vs. Randy Steinke
Jeff Fletcher vs. Benny Madrid
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