Fight fans are sure to be kept busy on the third Saturday of November.
WSOF executive vice-president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed on Tuesday that the card, originally slated for Oct. 24, has been pushed back a few weeks to Nov. 15. The exact location of the event has not been announced as of right now. According to people close to the situation, this move is due to the broadcast partner of World Series of Fighting, NBCSN.
With the move, World Series of Fighting will now be competing with Bellator 131, and UFC 180, the promotions debut in Mexico.
WSOF 15 will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between champ Dave Branch (14-3) and challenger Yushin Okami (30-8). Branch won the title in his most recent outing, submitting Jesse Taylor in the very first round at WSOF 10. Okami made his promotional debut at WSOF 9 and starched Bulgarian Svetlozar Savov en route to a second round submission win. This is the only fight confirmed for the card.
Bellator 131 will be headlined by two MMA vets in ‘The Huntington Beach Badboy’ Tito Ortiz and ‘The American Psycho’ Stephan Bonnar. The co-main event will feature a rematch between Michael Chandler and Will Brooks for the now vacant lightweight title. King Mo and Tom DeBlass also meet in a light heavyweight contest on the card. Douglas Lima and Paul Daley was briefly linked to this event as well.
UFC 180 marks the promotions first trip to Mexico and will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum. The co-main event is a welterweight bout between Kelvin Gastelum and Jake Ellenberger. Also on the card; Dennis Bermudez vs. Ricardo Lamas, Diego Sanchez vs. Norman Parke, Erik Perez vs. Marcus Brimage, Augusto Montano vs. Hector Urbina. There is no shortage of Mexican talent on this card thus far.
WSOF 16 will also compete with the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Dec. 13 as the promotion is in Phoenix hosting UFC on FOX 13 headlined by heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic.