No UFC tonight? No problem, because World Series of Fighting has your MMA fix for this Saturday evening in Phoenix, Arizona. Undefeated lightweight champion Justin Gaethje defends his belt against hard-hitting Luis Palomino in the main event, while controversial signing, ex-UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva makes his promotional debut vs. Matt Hamill. Silva vs. Hamill, a rematch of their 2013 UFC fight which was a slow, plodding decision win for Thiago. This bout represents the first half of the LHW tournament semifinals, with Dave Branch and Ronny Markes set to compete later in the year. Jake Heun and Teddy Holder, who are also on the main card of tonight’s broadcast, are the reserves in this tourney.
UPDATE AT 8:30 PM ET: Matt Hamill is out of his fight with Thiago Silva due to illness and has been replaced by Teddy Holder. Check the fight card below for the new lineup.
The NBC Sports Network televised main card starts at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT, but you can watch the entire preliminary card for free by viewing the online streaming player at the top of the page starting at 6:15 PM ET/3:15 PM PT. Following the conclusion of WSOF 19 we will have results and highlights.
Be sure to check out Zane Simon and Victor Rodriguez’s MMA Vivisection, as well as Roy Billington’s fight card preview.
MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 9 PM ET/6 PM PT)
Justin Gaethje def. Luis Palomino via TKO (strikes) at 3:57 of round 3 to remain the WSOF lightweight champion
Teddy Holder def. Thiago Silva via TKO (punches) at 2:00 of round 1
Clifford Starks def. Jake Heun via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:11 of round 2
Timur Valiev def. Ed West via TKO (punches) at 1:39 of round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD (Online, 6:15 PM ET/3:15 PM PT)
Jimmy Spicuzza def. Benny Madrid via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Joe Gigliotti def. Brendan Tierney via TKO (strikes) at 4:45 of round 3
Andres Ponce def. Juan Archuleta via submission (triangle choke) at :53 of round 2
Dan Huber def. Israel Aquino via TKO (punches) at 3:03 of round 1
Matthew Frincu def. Eric Regen via KO (head kick) at :14 of round 2
Erik Villalobos def. Joe Madrid via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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