Check out the familiar faces at WSOF 33: Gaethje vs. Dugulubgov

Both the lightweight and light heavyweight titles will be on the line this Friday as the World Series of Fighting is headed to Kansas…

By: Eddie Mercado | 7 years ago
Check out the familiar faces at WSOF 33: Gaethje vs. Dugulubgov
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Both the lightweight and light heavyweight titles will be on the line this Friday as the World Series of Fighting is headed to Kansas City, Missouri for WSOF 33. There are quite a few recognizable names on this card, with the main event involving the undefeated Justin Gaethje looking to defend his lightweight crown against the WSOF #1 contender Ozzy Dugulubgov. The co-main event for the evening will be the WSOF two-division champion David Branch aiming to retain his light heavyweight belt against the challenging Jiu-Jitsu ace Vinny Magalhaes. WSOF 33 can be seen this Friday with the main card airing live on NBCSN at 11:00 P.M. ET, and with the Prelims streaming online at 8:00 P.M. ET.

Main Card: NBCSN at 11:00 P.M. EDT

Justin Gaethje (16-0 MMA; 9-0 WSOF) vs. Ozzy Dugulubgov (8-2 MMA; 5-1 WSOF): Lightweight Title

The World Series of Fighting lightweight title hangs in the balance as the Trevor Wittman trained Justin Gaethje is scheduled to square off with Jackon/Wink MMA’s Ozzy Dugulubgov. The current WSOF champion, Justin Gaethje, has been flawless thus far in his 16 fight MMA career and is looking to push his unbeaten streak to 17. Gaethje has successfully finished each of his WSOF lightweight bouts, omitting his catchweight tilt with Melvin Guillard at WSOF 15. Will Justin Gaethje continue with his winning ways?

Looking to reach the summit of the WSOF lightweight division is the 8-2 Ozzy Dugulubgov, who has been training at the notorious Jackson/Wink MMA camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After racking up three straight wins in the WSOF, Ozzy will look to use his powerful, flashy techniques coupled with his smothering top pressure to topple the lightweight king Justin Gaethje. Will Dugulubgov get it done?

David Branch (18-3 MMA; 8-0 WSOF) vs. Vinny Magalhaes (14-7 MMA; 2-0 WSOF): Light Heavyweight Title

Two-division champion David Branch currently holds both the WSOF middleweight and light heavyweight titles. In his previous outing, Branch successfully defended his middleweight crown against Clifford Starks at WSOF 30 back in April of this year. In true two-division championship fashion, David Branch will now put his light heavyweight strap up for grabs as he will throw down with grappling guru Vinny Magalhaes in the co-main event at WSOF 33. Can the Renzo Gracie black belt Branch thwart the ground game of Magalhaes to retain his light heavyweight title?

Jiu-Jitsu ace Vinny Magalhaes has won 11 out of his 14 victories by way of submission. Following a kneebar submission win over MMA veteran Matt Hamill at WSOF 24 and a Unanimous Decision victory over Jake Heun at WSOF 30, Magalhaes has been slated to compete for the WSOF light heavyweight crown. Can the submission grappler Magalhaes find a way to get the fight to the ground, where he prefers it?

Jason High (20-5 MMA; 2-0 WSOF) vs. Joao Zeferino (20-8 MMA; 2-2 WSOF): Lightweight

It will be home field advantage for the “The Kansas City Bandit” Jason High as he looks for his third straight finish inside of the WSOF Decagon. In his two previous bouts, High was able to dust Estevan Payan via headkick at WSOF 25, and had a come from behind TKO win over Mike Ricci at WSOF 31. Can Jason High remain undefeated in the WSOF and move one step closer to challenging for the lightweight belt?

Joao Zeferino had a stellar showing in the WSOF 25 8-man Lightweight Tournament as he submitted both Brian Foster and Jorge Patino with a set of first-round Heel Hooks. Ultimately, Zeferino lost a rematch with Brian Foster in the finals but was looked to by the WSOF to step in and face Jon Fitch for the vacant welterweight title at WSOF 30. With a win over Jason High, Zeferino could add his name to the list of possible contenders to challenge for lightweight gold.

Luiz Firmino (19-6 MMA; 3-0 WSOF) vs. Brian Foster (26-9 MMA; 3-3 WSOF): Lightweight

Luiz Firmino is on a six-fight winning streak as he is set to lock horns with the finish-friendly Brian Foster. Having won each of his three WSOF bouts, a fourth straight victory opens up the argument for Firmino to rise to the top of the lightweight division.

After winning the WSOF 25 8-man Lightweight Tournament, Brian Foster stepped up to the plate and challenged Justin Gaethje for the WSOF lightweight title. After falling short against Gaethje, Foster is looking to rebound against a top competitor on a hot streak in hopes to get another crack at the champ.

John Howard (24-12 MMA; 1-0 WSOF) vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov (12-1 MMA; 3-0 WSOF): Welterweight

Longtime MMA veteran John “Doomsday” Howard is set to make his sophomore appearance against Abubakar Nurmagomedov, who is kin to the #1 ranked UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov. Howard won his WSOF debut by besting Mike Arrant in a unanimous decision victory at WSOF 31 back in June of this year. Will John Howard rely on his veteran skills to string together back-to-back wins in his new WSOF home?

Abubakar Nurmagomedov has won all three of his tilts thus far in the WSOF, including his most recent second round ground and pound TKO stoppage of Matthew Frincu at WSOF 30. With a major step up in competition, will Abubakar Nurmagomedov rise to the occasion and earn himself a name win against John Howard?

Shawn Jordan (18-7 MMA; WSOF Debut) vs. Ashley Gooch (10-4 MMA; WSOF Debut): Heavyweights

After winning three out his last four UFC bouts, Shawn Jordan was released from the promotion which resulted in the WSOF offering up a home for the American Top Team heavyweight. Do not let the massive tree trunk build of Jordan fool you, as he has been known to throw hook kicks at his opponents and even land a backflip inside of the cage following his victories. Having finished 17 of his 18 opponents, will Shawn Jordan make a splash in the WSOF heavyweight division?

The MMA Lab’s Ashley Gooch is on an eight-fight hot streak as he dispatched each of those eight competitors before the judges were needed for a decision. Making his WSOF debut, the 41-year-old Gooch will look to upset Shawn Jordan and make a name for himself in the World Series of Fighting.

Preliminary Card: Streaming online at 8:00 P.M. EDT

Chris Gutierrez vs. Timur Valiev: Bantamweight

Jesse Brock vs. Bekbulat Magomedov: Bantamweight

Abu Azaitar vs. Mike Arrant: Welterweight

Islam Mamedov vs. Alonzo Martinez: Lightweight

Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Bobby Cooper: Welterweight

Bryce Mitchell vs. Brandon Phillips: Featherweight

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Eddie Mercado
Eddie Mercado

Eddie Mercado is a writer and content creator for Bloody Elbow, and has covered combat sports since 2015. Eddie covers everything from betting odds and live events, to fighter interviews and co-hosting the 6th Round post-fight show and the 6th Round Retro. He retired at 1-0 in professional MMA, competed in one Muay Thai match in Thailand, and is currently a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu under the great Diego Bispo.

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