Three Title Fights Headline WSOF 35
World Series of Fighting ended its 2016 campaign with a big event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on New Year’s Eve. Now, WSOF looks to have a similar big event to kick off 2017.
WSOF 35 will take place on March 18 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, the promotion has announced. Similar to WSOF 34, this card will feature three championship bouts as headliners.
In the main event, WSOF heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov will defend his title against Shawn Jordan. Ivanov won the heavyweight championship in his WSOF debut at WSOF 21 in June 2015, deefating Smealinho Rama via third-round submission. He has had two successful title defenses thus far, defeating Derrick Mehmen via TKO and Josh Copeland via unanimous decision at WSOF 24 and WSOF 31, respectively. Jordan, meanwhile, debuted at WSOF 33 following stints with the UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator. He defeated Ashley Gooch via first-round TKO.
In the co-main event, the WSOF featherweight title will be on the line when Lance Palmer defends against the undefeated Andre Harrison. This will be Palmer’s first time defending the title in this reign, his second. Palmer won the belt the first time at WSOF 16 before losing it to Alexandre Almeida at WSOF 26. Palmer, in his most recent bout, won the title back by defeated Almeida in a rematch via majority decision. Harrison, following stints in Ring of Combat and Titan FC, made his WSOF debut at WSOF 34, submitting Bruce Boyington in 1:54. He has not lost a bout in his professional MMA career thus far, starting off 15-0.
Finally, a new WSOF bantamweight champion will be crowned at the event, as it appears Marlon Moraes has departed from the promotion. According to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, Moraes, with an 11-0 record and five defenses of the WSOF title, is reportedly a free agent and is currently in negotiations with the UFC, although this has not been officially confirmed by either side.
— Marlon Moraes (@MMARLONMORAES) February 3, 2017
Timur Valiev and Bekbulat Magomedov will be battling at WSOF 35 to determine the new WSOF bantamweight champ. Valiev defeated Chris Gutierrez in his most recent bout, winning via unanimous decision at WSOF 33. This was a rematch from WSOF 28, a bout in which Gutierrez snapped a ten-fight win streak by Valiev. Magomedov, meanwhile, is 1-1 in the WSOF. Following a split-decision loss to Josh Hill at WSOF 26, Magomedov defeated Jesse Brock via unanimous decision at WSOF 33.