World Series Of Fighting News

Apr 19, 2017 7:42 am

BREAKING: World Series of Fighting bites the dust, becomes Professional Fighters League

For many years, World Series of Fighting (WSOF), has stood out as arguably the third-biggest MMA promotion in the world, behind the UFC and Bellator. The promotion has been home to recognizable names like Justin Gaethje, Marlon Moraes, David Branch, Jon Fitch, Jake Shields, Rousimar Palhares, Thiago Silva, Matt Hamill, Vinny Magalhaes, Blagoy Ivanov, Josh...

Jan 1, 2017 12:25 pm

WSOF 34 results: all 4 champions retain their titles in New York City

On New Years Eve, Las Vegas based promotion World Series of Fighting touched down in New York City for their biggest card to date. Emanating from The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, this card was highlighted by a whopping four title fights, and appearances from a handful of notable UFC veterans. The first of these...

Oct 29, 2016 11:34 am

TUF and WSOF competitor Cody Bollinger stops thieves from breaking into his car

Two burglars in California picked the wrong car to break into. Former Ultimate Fighter contestant and current World Series of Fighting bantamweight Cody Bollinger stopped two thieves who were attempting to break into his car, leaving one of the suspects with a black eye and both suspects in handcuffs. The incident occurred at 4:00 a.m...

Jul 30, 2016 9:05 am

VIDEO | Brothers brawl at WSOF 32 weigh-ins

At WSOF 32 on Saturday, adopted brothers Phoenix Jones and Caros Fodor will square off in a highly anticipated fight. Ahead of the scrap, the two brothers nearly brawled at weigh-ins. Fortunately, WSOF President Ray Sefo, who has a 56-22 professional kickboxing record, as well as a 5-1 professional boxing record, was able to defuse...

Jun 16, 2016 9:28 am

UFC veteran diagnosed with clinical autism

MMA veteran John Howard never could have imagined that a routine neurological exam ahead of his WSOF debut at WSOF 31 on June 17th could have led him to receive a diagnosis which would lift a weight off his shoulders that he had been carrying since childhood. John ‘Doomsday’ Howard, found out that he is...

Apr 3, 2016 10:15 am

WSOF 30 Results: Branch retains title, Fitch becomes new welterweight champ

David Branch (18-3 MMA) successfully defended his World Series of Fighting middleweight title yesterday evening by defeating challenger Clifford Starks (13-3 MMA) via unanimous decision. Branch, who currently holds both the WSOF middleweight and light heavyweight titles, used effective grappling and top control to frustrate Starks in every round on route to the decision victory....

Nov 4, 2015 8:22 am

Shields upset NSAC ignored Palhares’ eye-gouges

Last month Rousimar Palhares answered to the NSAC for holding a kimura submission after Jake Shields tapped out at WSOF 22. Following the bout Palhares was immediately stripped of the WSOF championship. Palhares was suspended for 2 years for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ given that this isn’t the first time he has held a submission after his...

Nov 1, 2015 3:34 pm

Ray Sefo: “I would love to fight one more time”

Ray Sefo may be 44 years old, but that hasn’t slowed down the fighter in him. The WSOF President hasn’t fought since an early WSOF event in 2013, and hasn’t won a fight since 2010, but he would still like to fight one more time in either MMA or kickboxing. He spoke to Sherdog: “I...

Oct 30, 2015 8:07 am

Palhares reacts to “unfair decision” handed down by NSAC

Yesterday former WSOF champion Rousimar Palhares appeared in front of the NSAC for unsportsmanlike conduct after once again holding a submission after his opponent tapped. The incident occurred at WSOF 22 when Palhares held a kimura submission after Jake Shields tapped out. Referee Steve Mazzagatti intervened, and it appeared Palhares was still refusing to relinquish...

Oct 29, 2015 8:56 pm

Rousimar Palhares’ manager disagrees with NSAC suspension

Yesterday it was revealed that Rousimar Palhares was suspended for 2 years for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ after continuing to hold a kimura despite Jake Shields tapping and referee Steve Mazzagatti attempting to separate the two. In addition, Palhares has to forfeit $40,000 from his fight purse, and was stripped of the WSOF welterweight title. In a...

Oct 29, 2015 4:10 pm

Palhares suspended 2 years for unsportsmanlike conduct

Rousimar Palhares has received quite a bit of criticism for holding submissions late and injuring his opponents. The most recent instance came at WSOF 22 when Palhares held a kimura lock after his opponent Jake Shields had tapped. Referee Steve Mazzagatti intervened and Palhares eventually let the submission go. After the fight Palhares was stripped...

Oct 27, 2015 10:32 am

Lawsuit brings serious WSOF issues to light

News broke earlier today that WSOF Asia LLC has filed a lawsuit against MMAWC, which controls World Series Of Fighting and several key WSOF personnel including Ali Abdelaziz. The lawsuit, which was examined by BloodyElbow, doesn’t look good for WSOF. Many issues, including defamation, breach of contract, financial issues and NAC code violations are all...

Oct 21, 2015 6:56 am

Ratings report: WSOF 24: Fitch vs. Okami viewership drops 16% from WSOF 23

This past Saturday former UFC welterweight title contender Jon Fitch squared off against Yushin Okami under the World Series of Fighting banner on NBC Sports. The fight went the distance, with Fitch ultimately being awarded the unanimous decision win, and another crack at the vacant WSOF welterweight championship. According to MMAFighting, the event drew in...

Oct 20, 2015 8:51 am

Nick Newell on retirement: “It was the right decision for me”

Following his unanimous decision win over Tom Marcellino at WSOF 24 this past weekend, ‘Notorious’ Nick Newell announced his retirement. In a backstage interview immediately after the fight, Newell cited numerous injuries as his reason for retiring despite being on a 2-fight win streak. Newell joined Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on Monday to...

Oct 18, 2015 5:37 pm

Chael Sonnen stands firm on retirement: ‘I am not coming back’

Chael Sonnen has not stepped foot in the octagon since fighting Rashad Evans at UFC 167 nearly two years ago in November 2013. He was scheduled to clash with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 173, but one of Sonnen’s pre-fight random pre-fight drug tests forced him out of the fight when it came back positive for...

Oct 18, 2015 5:03 pm

WSOF 25’s one-night lightweight tournament brackets set

With “WSOF 24: Fitch vs. Okami” in the books, World Series of Fighting has a major event creeping up on November 20, 2015. The lightweights will take center stage in the decagon at “WSOF 25” when they compete in an eight-man, one-night tournament to determine the next contender for Justin Gaethje’s WSOF Lightweight Championship. Luis...

Oct 18, 2015 3:52 pm

WSOF 24’s Jon Fitch: ‘I respected Yushin Okami’s power too much’

World Series of Fighting hosted UFC veterans Jon Fitch and Yushin Okami’s first meeting at “WSOF 24: Fitch vs. Okami”. With a combined seventy-six professional fights to their name, it is to nobody’s surprise that they fought intelligently and cautiously for fifteen minutes straight. Of course one would catch the other off guard with the...

Oct 18, 2015 11:27 am

UFC & MMA Fighters react to “Notorious” Nick Newell’s retirement

“Notorious” Nick Newell stepped into the World Series of Fighting decagon for the final time at “WSOF 24: Fitch vs. Okami” as the lightweight decided to retire after picking up his final win. Newell amassed an impressive record of 13-1 throughout his six year mixed martial arts career. Just three years into his professional career,...

Oct 18, 2015 9:30 am

An emotional Nick Newell breaks down why he’s retiring after WSOF 24 win

World Series of Fighting returned to the airwaves with “WSOF 24: Fitch vs. Okami” and it was a night filled with emotions after the inspirational Nick Newell announced his retirement after his fight. The lightweight started gaining momentum while fighting for XFC where he won their lightweight championship while putting together an impressive undefeated record,...

Oct 18, 2015 1:16 am

WSOF’s Colton Smith mocks his opponent moments before getting the win

Colton Smith and Washington Nunes Da Silva clashed on Saturday evening in the World Series of Fighting decagon at “WSOF 24: Fitch vs. Okami. The fight aired on the preliminary card, but it still managed to turn some heads after several controversial moments were scattered throughout their fifteen minute fight. Neither men could get the...

Oct 18, 2015 1:07 am

Fighter gets knocked out cold after brutal ground and pound at WSOF 24 — WATCH!

It has been a slow month for mixed martial arts fans, but World Series of Fighting came to the rescue with some exciting fights! “WSOF 24: Fitch vs. Okami” brought former UFC fighters to the decagon for an important night of fights, but it was Rick Glenn that turned the most heads with his ridiculous...

Oct 17, 2015 10:07 pm

Vinny Magalhaes RKO’d by cornerman after WSOF 24 win

RKO RKO RKO!!! @VinnyMMA #WSOF24 pic.twitter.com/BDVB9b96RS — ZombieProphet (@ZProphet_MMA) October 18, 2015 Last night at WSOF 24 Vinny Magalhaes picked up a 1st round knee bar win over Matt Hamill in just over 1 minute. Following the win, Magalhaes’ corner man hit his fighter with WWE wrestler Randy Orton’s signature finishing move, the RKO.

Oct 17, 2015 9:15 pm

Nick Newell announces retirement from MMA following win over Tom Marcellino

Following his impressive win over Tom Marcellino at WSOF 24, Nick Newell announced his retirement from MMA. Newell spoke to MMAJunkie to explain more about his retirement, saying: “Never say never, but this is not like I’m going to change my mind on Monday. This is something serious. I think this is it. I think...

Oct 17, 2015 8:10 pm

WSOF 24 Results: Jon Fitch Defeats Yushin Okami by decision

Tonight in the main event of World Series of Fighting 24, Jon Fitch defeated Yushin Okami via unanimous decision. With tonight’s win, Fitch returned to the win column, and as he stated prior to the fight, will seek another title shot under the WSOF banner. Tonight’s win marks the 27th in Fitch’s career, and his...

Oct 17, 2015 7:43 pm

WSOF 24 Results: Blagoy Ivanov retains heavyweight title

In the co-main event of WSOF 24, World Series Of Fighting heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov defeated Derrick Mehmen by KO in the 2nd round. The win is Ivanov’s second in a row, and was his first successful title defense. …AND STILL CHAMPION! Congrats to Blagoy Ivanov on successfully defending his Heavyweight Title! #WSOF24 pic.twitter.com/CykTvnKq0c —...

Oct 17, 2015 7:18 pm

WSOF 24 Results: Nick Newell defeats Tom Marcellino

On the main card of WSOF 24 tonight, Nick Newell defeated Tom Marcellino via unanimous decision. The win kept Newell in the win column, giving him a 2-fight win streak, and extending his promotional record to 4-1, with his only loss coming to Justin Gaethje. #WSOF24: @NotoriousNewell defeats Tom Marcellino by UD! pic.twitter.com/86D1HbqZR7 — WSOF...

Oct 17, 2015 6:40 pm

WSOF 24 Results: Vinny Magalhaes submits Matt Hamill in 1st round

The WSOF 24 main card has been nothing short of action packed. In the second bout of the WSOF 24 main card Vinny Magalhaes cut the return of Matt Hamill short as he submitted Hamill in just over 1 minute via knee bar. #WSOF24: WOW! WHAT A FINISH! @VinnyMMA defeats @Hammerufc by RD1 submission (knee...