World Series of Fighting Announces Colossal Eleven-Bout Fight Card for WSOFNYC New Years Eve Extravaganza

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Monumental World-Championship Fight Night Featuring Four Title Fights and Star-Studded Match Ups Airs Live from New York City on NBC on December 31

WSOFNYC World-Championship Fight Night at The Theater at Madison Garden to Feature Four Title Fights

The debut of World Series of Fighting in New York City promises, without a doubt, one of the most monumental fight nights in the history of the sport.

World Series of Fighting (http://www.WSOF.com) today announced a stacked eleven-bout fight card for the unprecedented New Year’s Eve world championship extravaganza at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The WSOFNYC mega-event boasting an unmatched roster of world-class athletes will air live on NBC Sports (3p.m. ET – 4p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4p.m. ET – 6p.m. ET on NBC) on Saturday, December 31.

In the main event, undefeated lightweight (155 pounds) kingpin Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (16-0) defends his crown against Joao “The Brazilian Samurai” Zeferino (20-8) and, in the co-main event the highly-anticipated welterweight (170 pounds), reigning world champion Jon Fitch (28-7) squares off with number one contender and fellow decorated superstar Jake Shields (31-8). Reigning bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (16-4) will also put his title on the line against ferocious contender Josenaldo Silva (25-4). Light Heavyweight and Middleweight Champion David Branch (19-3) will put his Middleweight (185 pounds) belt on the line against challenger Louis Taylor (13-1).

In addition to the main event, World Series of Fighting announced that heavyweight champion Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-2) will make his return to the decagon at a new weight class of Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) against Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun (9-4). Former top 10 world-ranked Yushin “Thunder” Okami (32-10) will take on battle-tested Paul Bradley (23-6) in a welterweight affair.

Shane Kruchten (11-4) and Jeremy Mahon (5-4) – both U.S. Marine Corps veterans – will do battle in a 150-pound "Who’s The Toughest" catchweight contest. Former UFC standout Jared Rosholt (14-3) will make his much-anticipated promotional debut against fellow World Series of Fighting newcomer and finisher Caio Alencar (9-1) in a featured heavyweight contest.

Tickets for WSOFNYC go on sale on October 28, at the Madison Square Garden box office as well as online at Ticketmaster.com and WSOF.com. Pre-sale information is available at http://www.WSOF.com/WSOFNYC.

“The debut of World Series of Fighting in New York City promises, without a doubt, one of the most monumental fight nights in the history of the sport.” said World Series of Fighting CEO Carlos Silva.

World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo stated, “This is the biggest, most impressive fight card we’ve put together and fans can expect to see most the action-packed fights from start to finish.”

NBC commentator and play-by-play announcer Todd Harris and legendary Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) artists Bas Rutten and Renzo Gracie will call the action live on NBC from Madison Square Garden in New York City. They will be joined by MMA producer and host Joey Varner.

Additional match-ups for WSOFNYC will be announced soon.

About World Series of Fighting:
World Series of Fighting is a worldwide premier professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering the best action-packed fights for fight fans by producing the best possible match-ups between elite fighters from around the world. For more information, please visit WSOF.com. Follow "World Series of Fighting" on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and "World Series of Fighting" President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.

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