World Series of Fighting

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World Series of Fighting
TypePrivate
IndustryMixed martial arts promotion
Founded2012
HeadquartersLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
Key peopleSig Rogich (CEO)[1]
Ray Sefo (President)
ParentMMAWC[1]
Caesars Entertainment[2]
Websitehttp://wsof.com/
 
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World Series of Fighting
TypePrivate
IndustryMixed martial arts promotion
Founded2012
HeadquartersLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
Key peopleSig Rogich (CEO)[1]
Ray Sefo (President)
ParentMMAWC[1]
Caesars Entertainment[2]
Websitehttp://wsof.com/

World Series of Fighting, also known as WSOF, is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Its live events and competitions have been shown on the NBC Sports Network in North America and on TV Esporte Interativo in Brazil.

Background[edit]

Formation[edit]

WSOF was formed in 2012, having signed a broadcast deal with the NBC Sports Network. This will be the third MMA promotion that NBC Sports has hosted, having broadcast World Extreme Cagefighting and Ultimate Fighting Championship events when the channel was formerly known as Versus.[3] NBC Sports had been one of the bidders for the rights to broadcast future UFC events, but lost out to Fox.[4] However, some journalists regarded WSOFs deal with NBC Sports to be a considerable coup for a debuting promotion, considering NBC Sports' past interest in the UFC.[4] Upon the announcement of the broadcast deal, WSOF President Ray Sefo stated that the promotion wanted to host 8-10 events per year, whilst holding a one-year deal with NBC Sports.[2] However, the next day, an NBC spokesman revealed that the deal only covered WSOFs inaugural event, with the option for more, should NBC hold a positive evaluation.[4] On February the 4th 2013 it was reported by several news outlets that NBC Sports signed a 3 year deal with WSOF.[5][6]

Presentation[edit]

Soon after the promotion's event announcement, they confirmed that Bas Rutten, Michael Schiavello and Kurt Angle would be the commentators for the debut event.[7] However, days later, Angle, a TNA wrestler, was removed from the broadcast by Viacom (the owner of Spike TV, who broadcast TNA Wrestling), who claimed that the job was a conflict of interest. On September 10, 2012, Ray Sefo tweeted "There's a conflict of interest, so he won't be able to do the (Nov.) 3 show," Sefo said, adding the split was amicable. A replacement has yet to be found"[7] Ring Announcer Jazz Securo was acquired and debuted September 14, 2013 at WSOF 5 in Atlantic City, NJ. He has since become the "Official Voice of the World Series of Fighting Decagon".

WSOF uses a ten-sided (Decagon) cage for their events, unlike the UFC's eight-sided octagon.[2]

Rules[edit]

WSOF uses the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts implemented by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.[2]

International promotions[edit]

In the Summer of 2013, the World Series of Fighting quietly purchased Nicaragua’s Omega MMA and rebranded it World Series of Fighting: Central America. The promotion held its first event on July 27, 2013, headlined by former boxing world champion Ricardo Mayorga. In September 2013, World Series of Fighting purchased the Aggression Fighting Championship organization to enter the Canadian market, but it was later found out the AFC executives closed down the company to join a new organization World Series of Fighting: Canada.[8] World Series of Fighting: Japan was created along with the newly formed partnership with Pancrase to host events in Japan,[9] whilst plans are in place to create branches in New Zealand and Australia.[10]

Roster[edit]

Events[edit]

Main article: List of WSOF events

As of June 7, 2014, World Series of Fighting has held a total of 13 events.

Current Champions[edit]

DivisionUpper weight limitChampionSinceTitle Defenses
Heavyweight265 lb
(120 kg; 18.9 st)
Light Heavyweight205 lb
(93 kg; 14.6 st)
Middleweight185 lb
(84 kg; 13.2 st)
Welterweight170 lb
(77 kg; 12 st)
Brazil Rousimar PalharesWSOF 9
March 29, 2014
0
Lightweight155 lb
(70 kg; 11.1 st)
United States Justin GaethjeWSOF 8
January 18, 2014
0
Featherweight145 lb
(66 kg; 10.4 st)
Armenia Georgi KarakhanyanWSOF 7
December 7, 2013
0
Bantamweight135 lb
(61 kg; 9.6 st)
Brazil Marlon MoraesWSOF 9
March 29, 2014
0
Women's Strawweight115 lb
(52 kg)
Mexico Jessica AguilarWSOF 8
January 18, 2014
0

Title history[edit]

Heavyweight Championship[edit]

206 to 265 lbs (93 to 120 kg)
No.NameEventDateDefenses
1N/AN/AN/A

Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

186 to 205 lbs (84 to 93 kg)
No.NameEventDateDefenses
1N/AN/AN/A

Middleweight Championship[edit]

171 to 185 lbs (77 to 84 kg)
No.NameEventDateDefenses
1N/AN/AN/A

Welterweight Championship[edit]

156 to 170 lbs (70 to 77 kg)
No.NameEventDateDefenses
1United States Steve Carl
def. Josh Burkman
WSOF 6
Coral Gables, FL, USA
October 26, 2013
2Brazil Rousimar PalharesWSOF 9
Las Vegas, NV, USA
March 29, 2014

Lightweight Championship[edit]

146 to 155 lbs (66 to 70 kg)
No.NameEventDateDefenses
1United States Justin Gaethje
def. Richard Patishnock
WSOF 8
Hollywood, FL, USA
January 18, 2014

Featherweight Championship[edit]

136 to 145 lbs (61 to 66 kg)
No.NameEventDateDefenses
1Armenia Georgi Karakhanyan
def. Lance Palmer
WSOF 7
Vancouver, BC, Canada
December 7, 2013

Bantamweight Championship[edit]

126 to 135 lbs (up to 61 kg)
No.NameEventDateDefenses
1Brazil Marlon Moraes
def. Josh Rettinghouse
WSOF 9
Las Vegas, NV, USA
March 29, 2014

Women's Strawweight Championship[edit]

106 to 115 lb (48 to 52 kg)
No.NameEventDateDefenses
1Mexico Jessica Aguilar
def. Alida Gray
WSOF 8
Hollywood, FL, USA
January 18, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "USA Today: MMA promoter ranks grow by one: Miguel Torres in WSOF 1 headliner". mmajunkie.com. September 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ray Sefo ready for new challenge with World Series of Fighting". mmafighting.com. September 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Viewpoint: Uphill Climb". sherdog.com. September 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "NBC Sports: World Series of Fighting deal only covers one event". mmafighting.com. September 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "World Series of Fighting Inks 3-Year Deal with NBC Sports Network". bleacherreport.com. February 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "World Series of Fighting signs 3-year deal with NBC Sports Network". mmafighting.com. February 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "TNA contract nixes Kurt Angle commentator job at World Series of Fighting". mmajunkie.com. September 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ "AFC closes doors to join WSOF Canada". Topmmanewscom. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  9. ^ http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/10/world-series-of-fighting-launches-wsof-japan-partners-with-pancrase World Series of Fighting launches WSOF Japan, partners with Pancrase
  10. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/news/world-series-fighting-targets-zealand-231258436--mma.html World Series of Fighting Targets New Zealand for April 2014

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