On Saturday, Oct. 17, World Series of Fighting held its 24th event from the Foxwoods Resort Casino inMashantucket, 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.
Jon Fitch def. Yushin Okami by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Blagoy Ivanov def. Derrick Mehmen by knockout (punches). Round 2, 4:33 – for heavyweight title
Nick Newell def. Tom Marcellino by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Vinny Magalhaes def. Matt Hamill by submission (kneebar). Round 1, 1:08
Magomed Bibulatov def. Donavon Frelow by unanimous decision (50-45 x3) – for inaugural flyweight title
Rick Glenn def. Adam Ward by knockout (punches). Round 2, 1:27
Alexandre Almeida def. Saul Almeida by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:23
Colton Smith def. Washington Nunes da Silva by unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
Patrick Walsh def. Tyler King by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Bruce Boyington def. Rodrigo Almeida by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Rex Harris def. Justin Torrey by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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