The World Series of Fighting is set for another exciting night of action on January 18 for “World Series of Fighting 8: Gaethje vs Patishnock”. The event is scheduled to take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Undefeated Just Gaethje (10-0) is set to face off against the very explosive Rich Patishnock (6-1) at WSOF 8 to fight for the inaugural lightweight title. Patishnock has been moved up on the card after Gaethie’s original opponent was forced to withdraw from the bout.
Gaethje, 25-years-old, is an undefeated member of Grudge Training Center out of Colorado. With victories over Dan Lauzon, Brian Cobb, and Cavalcante, Gaethie is now undefeated in his professional MMA career with nine victories being stopped and eight of them being knockouts. Gaethie has been fighting professionally since 2011.
Patishnock has gained recent popularity and respect in his first two WSOF bouts by defeating a pair of men who may hold the most synonymous names in MMA, Igor Gracie at WSOF 2 and his brother Gregor Gracie at WSOF 5.
“I am very proud of my team here at WSOF for finding a very worthy opponent in Rich Patishnock to fight against Justin Gaethje for the title,” said WSOF President Ray Sefo. “I know that both of these goes have very crowd-pleasing fighting styles, and I can’t wait to see what happens when that cage door shuts.”
Before being moved up to the main event, Patishnock was originally set to fight Luis “Baboon” Palomino (21-9). Palomino is now set to face off against MMA veteran Jorge “Macoco” Patino (35-14-2-1). Patino is a long time veteran of the sport and a former lightweight and welterweight title holder for Legacy FC and a former lightweight title holder for Predator FC. “Macaco” has also fought in the UFC for a shot at the welterweight title against legend Pat Milletich. He also holds victories against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons under his belt.
Peru native, Palomino, 33-years-old, is a former Championship Fighting Alliance featherweight champion and black belt in both Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu and Capoeria. He is dangerous on the feet as well as the ground, and has fought for such organizations as Bellator MMA.
Palomino and Patino are set to be the first bout on the night’s main card. The event is scheduled to be broadcasted on Esporte Interativo and also NBCSN.
Featured on the co-main event is, always exciting, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (15-4) vs Mike “MAK” Kyle (20-10-1). The bout that is nearly a year in the making due to injuries prolonging the bout twice now. The highly anticipated bout is sure to bring fireworks when the two meet in the cage on the 18th.
Tickets for the event are starting at the low cost of $29. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. WSOF 8: Gaethje vs Patishnock is a five bout card set to be aired live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. The event is also scheduled to air on Brazilian network Esporte Interativo. The undercard will be able to be viewed on WSOF.com. These bouts have yet to be scheduled and will be announced in the near future.
With the main event being switched up the World Series of Fighting 8 card is as follows:
Justin Gaethje vs. Rich Patishnock for inaugural lightweight title
Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle
Jessica Aguilar vs. Alida Gray for inaugural womens strawweight title
Cody Bollinger vs. Tyson Nam
Luis Palomino vs. Jorge Patino