A lightweight (155 pounds) contest between legendary MMA pioneer and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo black belt Jorge “Macaco” Patino (35-15-2) of Houston, Texas and battle-tested finisher Eric “It’s a Wrap” Reynolds (18-8) of Bradenton, Fla. has been added to the live NBCSN televised portion of the highly-anticipated World Series of Fighting (www.wsof.com) Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world championship tripleheader event at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 15.
Jorge Patino vs Eric Reynolds Added To Live NBCSN Telecast
“With the addition of this fourth televised bout between Macaco Patino and Eric Reynolds, I think it is safe to say that World Series of Fighting has put together, hands down, not only the most relevant, but also the most entertaining fight card on paper, from top to bottom, on Nov. 15,” said World Series of Fighting President, six-time world champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo.
Patino, whose storied career dates back to 1995 during the no holds barred, bareknuckle fighting days of the sport, exploded onto the scene, reeling off 16 consecutive victories, half of which came in under a minute. He is, perhaps, best remembered for his epic battles with fellow pioneers Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons and Pat Miletich, whom Patino battled for 14 and 21 consecutive minutes in 1996 and 1999, respectively.
Patino also boasts a first round (3:13) KO (punch) win over superstar Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and, more recently, held dual world titles before signing with WSOF.
The 28-year-old Reynolds, whose appearance in the cage will also be his second of 2014 and his debut under the WSOF banner, has scrapped with some of the toughest competitors in the 155 pound division, including Eddie Alvarez and Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, during his seven-year professional career that began with nine straight wins.
Of Reynolds’ 18 career victories, 16 came by way of (T)KO or submission. Fourteen of those finishes occurred in the first round of action.
In the WSOF 15 main event, middleweight (185 pounds) world champion and Renzo Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt David Branch (14-3) of Brooklyn, N.Y. will put his title on the line against top-10 ranked contender Yushin “Thunder” Okami (30-8) of Kawaski, Kanagawa Japan.
The co-main event will see undefeated, reigning, 25-year-old lightweight champion and Justin Gaethje (12-0) of Safford, Ariz. defend his crown against fellow superstar KO artist Melvin Guillard (32-13-2, 2 NC) of New Orleans, La.
In a third world championship showdown, women’s strawweight (115 pounds) champion and submission expert Jessica “Jag” Aguilar (18-4) of Houston will risk her title against fast-paced finisher Kalindra Faria (15-3) of Taubate, Sao Paulo Brazil.
The live, four-bout NBCSN telecast of WSOF 15 begins at 9:00 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.
Tickets for the WSOF 15 event, priced from $20 (Additional fees may apply), are on sale at Ticketmaster.com, the USF Sun Dome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
The first preliminary bout will begin at 6:00 p.m. EST. The card is subject to change.