Written by @JonTPaterson
World Series of Fighting returns to Las Vegas the 18th for their final promotion of 2015. WSOF 26 will feature a title headliner between featherweight incumbent Lance Palmer and challenger Alexandre ‘Capitao’ Almeida. This will be the eighth time that World Series of Fighting has held an event in Las Vegas and the third trip this particular year. Should the company continue to provide quality cards and sign up & coming prospects, I personally believe World Series of Fighting has a long and successful future, in an industry where many organizations fail to pass the test of time. Without further preamble, let’s take a look at some of the main-card action to be showcased on Friday.
Lance ‘The Party’ Palmer has been on a finishing spree ever since his lone defeat to Georgi Karakhanyan two years back. After defeating Rick Glenn in 2014 and capturing the featherweight championship, Palmer defended his belt against Chris Horodecki and finished the WEC-veteran in the first round. Palmer has submitted all of his opponents since his loss, and employs an aggressive wrestling based strategy which has worked superbly in overwhelming his opponents.
His opposition, ‘Capitao’ Almeida, has only fought once for WSOF in October of this year; don’t let that fool you into thinking he is not ready for a title shot. Almeida is a choke-specialist who has been involved with the Brazilian MMA scene for nearly a decade; a fitting opponent for Lance Palmer and a tremendous way to cap off the year for WSOF.
Before the title bout, lightweight standout Ozzy Dugulubgov will return for his second fight of the year, as he welcomes Nic Herron-Webb to the organization. Herron-Webb is a submission guru who has been in the sport since 2008 and should be an ideal match-up for Dugulubgov. The organization’s 155lb pool is constantly improving and evolving; with the WSOF 25 Lightweight Tournament taking place last month, Brian Foster will now face Justin Gaethje for the division strap. With twenty-two finishes between them, Dugulubgov and ‘Naptime’ Herron-Webb never look for a decision. Based on this match, the excitement and momentum in the lightweight division is going to carry forward on Friday night.
Another highlight of WSOF 26 is a scheduled clash between Canadian prospect Josh ‘Gentleman’ Hill and undefeated 16-0 Bekbulat Magomedov. This will be Magomedov’s first time fighting inside of North America; the promising 25 year-old has mainly fought in his native Russia previously. Since his lone defeat in February of this year, Josh Hill has won two bouts outside of the organization and is unquestionably looking for another shot at bantamweight champ Marlon Moraes.
I see this as one of the most competitive fights on Friday; both men could as easily be fighting for the belt and the victor will most certainly get said opportunity next year. These are the kind of match-ups which demonstrate the depth and talent World Series of Fighting currently possesses. Exciting news for the future, no doubt!
Relating to this very topic, also featured on the main-card is the return of UFC veteran Robbie Peralta. ‘Problems’ was cut from the organization back in April after dropping a decision to Clay Guida. Regardless, Peralta is a versatile striker with an exciting style and is expected to become an immediate threat in the WSOF featherweight division.His opponent, Sheymon Moraes will be moving up to 145lbs from his last bout against Marlon Moraes. Sheymon is a well rounded test for anybody, and if anything the move up to featherweight should increase endurance and offensive output.
Opening the main card will be a light-heavyweight contest between Jake Heun and Clinton Williams. It is without a doubt that WSOF has put in major effort to pull off an impressive night of MMA on the 18th.
WSOF 26 begins at 6:30 EST/3:30 PST, streaming live preliminaries via the World Series of Fighting official website and through MMA Mad. Afterwards, the main-card can be found live on NBCSN at 9:00 EST/6:00 PST. Stay tuned with MMA Mad for more on WSOF 26 and live coverage during the fights on Friday.
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