PHOTOS: World Series of Fighting 11: Gaethje vs. Newell

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All photos by Bryce Brimhall / DTM News Journal

Justin Gaethje defends title on WSOF’s NBC debut

By Danny Morales 

Bryce Brimhall / DTM News Journal Justin Gaethje (top) defeated Nick Newell via a TKO to retain his lightweight title.

Bryce Brimhall / DTM News Journal
Justin Gaethje (top) defeated Nick Newell via a TKO to retain his lightweight title.

DAYTONA BEACH —Justin Gaethje showed that he likes the Sunshine State, as he successfully defended his World Series of Fighting lightweight title on Saturday against Nick Newell at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.

Jon Fitch dominated Dennis Hallman in the co-main event of the evening, as Fitch grounded out Hallman for a unanimous decision victory. Fitch said after his fight that he took a thumb to the eye during the fight, which effected his vision, but that didn’t stop the former UCF fighter from earning his well deserved welterweight title shot.

Cody Bollinger took on Pablo Alfonso in another one of the main card fights, as he defeated the MMA Masters fighter with a rear-naked choke in the opening round. Following the fight Bollinger announced that we will be moving up to featherweight.

In the opening fight of WSOF’s NBC debut Melvin Guillard brought the fireworks agains JZ Cavalcante, as the former UFC fighter earned a TKO victory in the 2nd round of his debut with the promotion. Guillard said after the fight that he wants to be the face of the organization and he would want to fight Gaethje in December for the title.

Full Fight Results

Main Card:

Lightweight Championship: (C) Justin Gaethje defeats Nick Newell – (TKO due to strikes— 3:09 2nd Round)

Jon Fitch defeats Dennis Hallman – (Unanimous Decision — 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Cody Bollinger defeats Pablo Alfonso – (Rear-Naked Choke — 2:37 1st Round)

Melvin Guillard defeats JZ Cavalcante – (TKO due to strikes — 2:36 2nd Round)

Undercard:

Jake Heun defeats Kendrick Miree (Unanimous Decision —29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Neiman Gracie defeats Dustin Holyko – (Rear-Naked Choke — 2:21 2nd Round)

Jose Caceres defeats Walber Brito De Barros – (Unanimous Decision — 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Muhammed Dereese defeats Rashaun Spencer – (Unanimous Decision — 30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

World Series of Fighting 11: Gaethje vs. Newell live results

By Danny Morales 

Danny Morales / DTM News Journal Justin Gaethje (left) will face Nick Newell in the main event at WSOF 11.

Danny Morales / DTM News Journal
Justin Gaethje (left) will face Nick Newell in the main event at WSOF 11.

World Series of Fighting will be making their network television debut on Saturday July 5 at 4 p.m. EST on NBC with World Series of Fighting 11: Gaethje vs. Newell.

Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje will put his title on the line against Nick Newell in the main event, while UFC veterans Jon Fitch and Dennis Hallman square off in the co-main event.

Melvin Guillard, another former UFC fighter, will also fight on the main card, as he takes on JZ Cavalcante in a lightweight bout in which Guillard didn’t make weight for. (He weighed in at 157.2 lbs.)

Main Card on NBC starting at 4 p.m. EST

Lightweight Championship: (C) Justin Gaethje defeats Nick Newell – (TKO due to strikes— 3:09 2nd Round)

Jon Fitch defeats Dennis Hallman – (Unanimous Decision — 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Cody Bollinger defeats Pablo Alfonso – (Rear-Naked Choke — 2:37 1st Round)

Despite coming in overweight, Bollinger looked great against Alfonso, as he took his back and sunk in a rear-naked choke midway through the first round for the finish.

Melvin Guillard defeats JZ Cavalcante – (TKO due to strikes — 2:36 2nd Round)

Guillard looked good in his WSOF debut as he took it to Cavalcante, especially in the second round when Guillard did damage with some knees and then finished the fight with a flurry a standing strikes.

Undercard on WSOF.com

Jake Heun defeats Kendrick Miree (Unanimous Decision —29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Neiman Gracie defeats Dustin Holyko – (Rear-Naked Choke — 2:21 2nd Round)

Jose Caceres defeats Walber Brito De Barros – (Unanimous Decision — 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Muhammed Dereese defeats Rashaun Spencer – (Unanimous Decision — 30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

WSOF 11 finds a home in Daytona Beach

By Danny Morales

Ty Wright / DTM News Journal Jon Fitch will fight Josh Burkman in the co-main event of WSOF 11 on July 5th.

Ty Wright / DTM News Journal
Jon Fitch will fight Josh Burkman in the co-main event of WSOF 11 on July 5th.

World Series of Fighting 11: Gaethje vs. Newell finally has a home, and it’s at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The July 5th show had long been announced, but without a venue attracted to it until now.

WSOF 11 will mark the promotions first-ever show broadcast on NBC and will be on a day that will also feature UFC 175, as well as the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

The NBC fight card is scheduled to run from 4-6 p.m. on NBC, with the main event ending a little over an hour before the race starts at the speedway.

Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje (11-0) will defend his title in the main event against Nick Newell (11-0)

Jon Fitch (25-6-1) will fight Josh Burkman (27-10) in what was originally set to be a championship bout for Fitch, but Burkman took the fight after welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares had to pull out of the title defense to take care of his sick mother back in Brazil.

Fitch and Burkman have faced off before at WSOF 3, where Burkman earned a title shot with a first round submission victory over the UFC veteran Fitch.

The WSOF 11 fight card will also include former UFC veteran Melvin Guillard (31-13-2) taking on Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (18-7-1).

South Florida fighter Pablo Alfonso (9-6) will also be on the card at WSOF 11, as he will go toe-to-toe with Cody Bollinger (15-2). MMA Masters fighter Luis Palomino will also fight at the July 5th event, but his opponent has not yet been determined.

ABOUT THE OCEAN CENTER:

The Daytona Beach Ocean Center has hosted many events in its 34 years, including multiple professional wrestling shows.

World Championship Wrestling (WCW) held it’s third annual Bash At The Beach at the Ocean Center in 1996, which was the infamous show where Hulk Hogan started the NWO.

The Ocean Center has also hosted minor league hockey, as well as indoor football.

World Series of Fighting extends television deal, announce first NBC broadcast

By Danny Morales

Ty Wright / DTM New Journal Justin Gaethje will defend his lightweight title against Nick Newell at WSOF 11 on NBC.

Ty Wright / DTM New Journal
Justin Gaethje will defend his lightweight title against Nick Newell at World Series of Fighting 11 on NBC.

World Series of Fighting and NBC Sports Group announced earlier this week that they have extended their agreement to broadcast on NBC, and their family of networks, through 2017.

But the biggest news out of this announcement may be that WSOF will get their first-ever show broadcast on NBC with “World Series of FIghting 11: Gaethje vs. Newell” on July 5th. WSOF 11 is expected to take place in Tampa, Fla., possibly in the USF Sun Dome.

“We are excited to extend and broaden our partnership to continue to bring World Series of Fighting’s unique brand of elite mixed martial arts to our viewers,” said President of Programming for NBC and NBCSN, Jon Miller in a press release.

Along with word of the NBC debut, WSOF plans on having a total of 14 shows televised via NBC Sports Group (NBCSG) this year. Among those 14 will be another planned NBC show scheduled for December 27th.

“We have enjoyed tremendous success as a young company with the great people at NBCSG, and we are thrilled to be continuing on this journey with them for years to come.” said WSOF president Ray Sefo in a press release. “World Series of Fighting will continue to put on premier MMA events around the world with some of the world’s best fighters, and we’re so proud to be able to share it with all of NBC and NBCSN’s viewers.”

NBC Sports Network has aired all 11 of WSOF’s events live, starting with the promotions debut in November of 2012.

WSOF 11 already has a few fights slated for it, including a main event lightweight title fight between champion Justin Gaethje (11-0) and Nick Newell (11-0). Both fighters are undefeated so it should make for a great main event for the promotion’s broadcast network debut.

Also on the card for WSOF 11 is Jon Fitch (25-6-1) vs. Josh Burkman (27-10), which will be a rematch from World Series of Fighting 3, where Burkman choked out Fitch with a guillotine to earn a shot at the middleweight belt.

Former UFC veteran Melvin Guillard (31-13-2) vs. Geslas Cavalcante (18-7-1) is also set for the July 5th NBC card.

WSOF 11 will also have a South Florida flavor, as MMA Masters fighter Pablo Alfonso (9-5) will take on Cody Bollinger (15-2) for what could be the No. 1 contender spot in the featherweight division.

MMA Masters’ Luis Palomino (22-9) will also be fighting at WSOF 11, but his opponent has yet to be determined.

“World Series of FIghting 11: Gaethje vs. Newell” will take place on Saturday, July 5th in Tampa, Fla., a venue for the event has yet to be announced, but sources have told DTM News Journal that the most likely venue for the event is the USF Sun Dome, where Bellator and XFC have held fights in the past.

Mike Rio to headline Fight Time 19 “Battle of the Brave”

By Danny Morales

Courtesy of Fight Time Promotions

Courtesy of Fight Time Promotions

Howard Davis Jr.’s Fight Time Promotions is set to put on Fight Time 19 “Battle of the Brave” on Friday, May 30 at the historic War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale.

UFC veteran Mike” The Wolverine” Rio (9-4) is slated for Fight Time 19’s main event against Avery McPhatter (3-4). Rio is currently on a three-fight losing streak that date back to May of last year, but the Cuban-American fighter out of Miami will look to get back on this winning ways against McPhatter.

The co-main event of the night will feature a bout between two Fight Time veterans in J.P. Reese (11-7) and Jason Soares (5-0). Soares is undefeated with four of his five wins coming in the Fight Time Promotions cage, while Reese is currently on a two-fight winning streak.

Bellator veteran Moyses Gabin (5-4) will also be fighting at Fight Time 19, he’ll go up against 49-year old Joe Johnson (3-6). Gabin hasn’t fought in a state sanctioned fight since July of 2012, his last win came in June of 2010.

“Battle of the Brave” will feature 12 fights in all, including multiple bouts between Fight Time Promotions veterans such as Gleidson Dejesus (3-1) vs. Yvon Agneord (2-1), Kester Mark (2-2) vs. Chris Throne (4-8) and Ricardo Surpris (1-2) vs. Benny Delgado (0-1).

West Palm Beach based Mike Hamman will also be fighting at Fight Time 19, he’ll be going up against Marcos Gomes in one of the night’s opening fights.

Fight Time 19 “Battle of the Brave” will be held on Friday, May 30 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale. Doors at the War Memorial open at 7 p.m., with the first fight starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets for Fight Time 19 starts at $39, and can be purchased through Fight Time Promotions official website.

Fight Time 19 will also be the first time a Fight Time Promotions event can be viewed live via streaming pay-per-view. In the past Fight Time Promotions events could only been seen live if you went out to the event.

The pay-per-view for Fight Time 19 is $14.99 and can be purchased via GoFightLive entertainment.

Full fight card:

Marcelo Castanedo vs. Mike Wilson

Marcos Gomes Vs. Mike Hamman

Bennet Belcher Vs. Myles Gilbert

Ricardo Surpris Vs. Benny Delgado

Orlando Santana Vs. Jason Fitzhugh

Chris Thorne Vs. Kester Mark

Mikerson Lindor Vs. Nico Price

Gleidson Dejesus Vs. Yvon Agneord

Arvin Panlasigua Vs. Miguel Restrepo

Moyses Gabin Vs. Mehdi Hassan

James Reese Vs. Jason Soares

Main Event: Mike Rio Vs. Avery McPhatter