WSOF was dealt a bad hand today when the companies details were spilled due to a lawsuit being processed against the company. Still, the company is pushing forward with their own one night tournament with eight competitors vying for a shot to take on current Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje who sits at a remarkable 15-0 with 12 knockouts to his records credit. In the end, this tournament may produce the best possible matchup for a champion running out of options.
The current lineup for the tournament has the following match ups with two time title challenger Luis Palomino taking on Rich Patishnock, Joao Zeferino taking on former UFC fighter Brian Foster, another former UFC fighter Brian Cobb faces off with TUF winner Mike Ricci and Mike Ricci will take on Islam Mamedov. The card is headline by two UFC veterans in Jason High and Estevan Payan, but a win here does not mean a title shot unfortunately even if someone gets hurt in the tournament.
Luckily, the promotion has put together two stellar alternate bouts between four deserving fighters. In the first bout, 12-8 Joe Condon has split his two bouts in the WSOF, but he will face off with the man nicknamed “The Cannibal” who had a six fight winning streak after fighting in Bellator and RFA before being picked up by the WSOF. His debut did not go as planned since he was knocked out by tournament participant Brain Foster in just 32 seconds who was making his Lightweight debut.
The other alternate bout has Russian born Lightweight
Ramil Mustapayev taking on Benny Madrid. Mustapayev on has a record of 3-1. He was knocked out in his professional debut back in 2013, but since his return earlier this year he has racked up three straight wins. His opponent Madrid has had an equally rocky of start in his professional career. He won his first seven straight fights before losing three straight bouts including his debut for the WSOF, but all of the revered when he faced off with Jeff Fletcher and picked up a sub 90 second submission win.