With Vallie-Flagg injured, Kirk steps in to fight Payan at WSOF 23

With Isaac Vallie-Flagg injured Kamuela Kirk steps in the replace Estevan Payan at WSOF 23.

WSOF 23 takes place on  Friday Sept 18, 2015 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. The main event is scheduled to be a rematch for the WSOF Lightweight Championship between champion and Arizona native Justin Gaethje making his third defence of his title against challenger Luis Palomino. Their first fight at WSOF 19 ended in a TKO victory for Gaethje.

Payan will make his WSOF debut in a September. After a pair of Strikeforce wins, Payan, a Phoenix native and resident, moved to the UFC in the merger of the two promotions. Following a run of defeats with the UFC, Bellator and Titan, he rebounded in June with a win for Rage in the Cage to get his WSOF shot.

Kirk, also a Phoenix native will make his WSOF as a late replacement for Vallie-Flagg. 4-1 in his professional MMA career, Kirk is somewhat of a submission specialist, winning 3/4 bouts via submission, all in the very first round.

With this fight change, WSOF 23 now looks like this.

Main Card 

Justin Gaethje (c) vs. Luis Palomino – WSOF Lightweight title fight
David Branch vs. Teddy Holder – WSOF Light Heavyweight title fight
Timur Valiev vs. Tito Jones
Phoenix Jones vs. Roberto Yong
Brian Foster vs. LaRue Burley

Preliminary Card (WSOF.com)

Kelvin Tiller vs. Vagab Vagabov
Krasimir Mladenov vs. Clifford Starks
Estevan Payan vs. Kamuela Kirk
Danny Davis Jr. vs. Matthew Frincu
David Nuzzo vs. Andres Ponce
Joey Miolla vs. Randy Steinke
Jeff Fletcher vs. Benny Madrid

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