On Saturday, Oct. 17, World Series of Fighting held its 24th event from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
In the night’s main event, a pair of veterans locked horns in the welterweight division as former UFC mainstays Jon Fitch and Yushin Okami went to battle. Fitch, a former WSOF title challenger, was looking to get back into title contention after the promotion stripped his last opponent, Rousimar Palhares, of the belt. The Brazilian submitted Fitch with a kneebar last December. Okami, meanwhile, moved down to the 170-pound division following a title loss to middleweight champion David Branch last November.
The co-main event featured gold on the line as heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov faced Derrick Mehmen. The Bellator veteran Ivanov made a successful WSOF debut in June, submitting Smealinho Rama to capture gold. Mehmen, a Strikeforce veteran, had won seven of his last eight, with his lone loss coming against the aforementioned Rama.
Also on the main card, the promotion crowned its inaugural flyweight champion as Magomed Bibulatov took on Donavon Frelow.
The preliminary card kicked off at 5:30 p.m. ET. The main card was broadcast on the NBC Sports Network at 8:30 p.m. ET.