On Saturday, March 18, World Series of Fighting hosted its first card of 2017 and 35th event overall from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
The event was headlined by three championship match-ups. In the main event, heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov clashed with UFC veteran and powerful striker Shawn Jordan. Ivanov rode a three-fight winning streak into the headlining affair, while Jordan scored a first-round finish of Ashley Gooch in his promotional debut in October.
The co-main event saw featherweight titleholder Lance Palmer put his belt on the line against former Titan FC champion Andre Harrison. Palmer exacted revenge against Alexandre Almeida to recapture his title his most recent outing. Harrison, meanwhile, entered the cage with a perfect 15-0 record.
Finally, the vacant bantamweight title was up for grabs between Bekbulat Magomedov and Donavon Frelow.
The action kicked off with a preliminary card stream live on Combat Press beginning at 8:15 p.m. ET, before transitioning to the NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. ET for the championship tripleheader.
Blagoy Ivanov def. Shawn Jordan by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:43 – for heavyweight title
Andre Harrison def. Lance Palmer by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) – for featherweight title
Bekbulat Magomedov def. Donavon Frelow by unanimous decision (50-45 x3) – for vacant bantmaweight title
Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Matt Secor by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Tom Marcellino def. Bill Jones by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Hakeem Dawodu def. Steven Siler by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 30-27)
Islam Mamedov def. Natan Schulte by submission (armbar). Round 2, 4:56
Steven Rodriguez def. Alexandre Almeida by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Emmanuel Walo def. Andrews Nakahara by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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