November 19, 2015 – Phoenix, AZ – World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 25 took place tonight from the Comerica Theatre in a one-night, eight-man tournament to be the number one contender in the Lightweight Division (155 lbs) and face the current champion, Justin Gaethje at a later date. The quarter final bouts aired live on NBCSports.com with the semi-finals and finals, along with the c0-main event between Jason High and Estevan Payan aired on NBC Sports Network:
Here are the rules for tonight’s fight:
Quarter Final 1: Islam Mamedov (12-1) vs. Jorge Patino (37-15-2)
Round one and Mamedov leads with his jab, this fight needs to move quick as they only have two rounds. Patino defends against the striking but hasn’t fully committed to any strikes allowing Mamedov to lands a Superman punch. Mamedov lands a flying knee then a right straight, knocking Patino to the ground allowing him to take top position and drop the ground and pound. Patino surived the onslaught but Mamedov still has top position. Patino reverse positions, pulls guard and is fighting for a guillotine.
Round two and they are slowing the pace avoiding injury. Patino lands a body kick but taken down by Mamedov, but quickly stands up. Patino over extends his centerline and Mamedov shucks him to the canvas. Patino’s nose looks to be broken as he’s breathing through his mouth. Mamedov lands a knee but Patino is throwing hands as the fight comes to a close.
Your winner by unanimous decision and moving on to the semi-finals Islam Mamedov!
This Just In: Islam Mamedov is out of the semi-finals due to a torn ACL. Jorge Patino will replace him in the semi-finals.
Quater Final 2: Joe Condon (12-8) vs. Mike Ricci (10-4)
Round number one, Ricci has connected with more punches, but Condon has been countering, including a double leg attempt. Ricci lands a head kick a la Holly Holm and this one is over.
Your winner by KO at 2:31 of the very first around, Mike Ricci!
Quater Final 3: Brian Foster (23-7) vs. Joao Zeferino (18-6)
Round one is underway and Zeferino leads with a front kick that leads Foster to shoot for a double leg. Foster spins to his back trying to get Zeferino to fall in his guard, but he refuses to engage. Foster takes Zerfino down with a single leg, but are now both positioned for a knee bar.
Your winner by heel hook at 1:46 of the very first round and advancing to the semi-finals, Joao Zeferino!
This Just In: Mike Ricci suffered a hip injury, Brian Foster will continue to the semi-finals.
Quarter Final 4: Luis Palomino (23-11) vs. Rich Patishnock (6-2)
Round one and Patishnock leads with an outside leg kick. Patishnock lands a second leg kick then takes cage control but can’t finish the double leg and is reversed against the cage by Palomino. Patishnock eats a kneed to the groin and is given the allotted recovery time of up to five minutes. Patishnock shoots as Palomino looks to have gone for a capoeira kick. After a few exchanges, Patishnock takes cage control again. Palomino takes the offensive even as he backs up and knockes out Patishnock with just seconds left in the round.
You winner by KO at 4:55 of the very first round and advancing to the semi-finals, Luis Palomino!
Semi-Final 1: Joao Zeferino (19-6) vs. Jorge Patino (37-16-2)
Round one and the fighters exchanging low kicks. Patino’s nose is not broken as earlier suspected. Patino’s kick is caught and taken down with a single leg. Zeferino uses another heel hook to finish thi, they touch gloves and Foster is determined to make up for his loss earlier in the night. s one quick.
Your winner via heel hook at 1:28 of the very first around, and moving on to the tournament finals, Joao Zeferino!
Semi-Final 2: Brian Foster (27-8) vs. Luis Palomino (24-11)
Round one and the fighters touch gloves. Foster is determined to avenge his loss from earlier in the night, while Palomino wants his third shot at champion Justin Gaethje. Foster is chopping at the legs of Palomino with those low kicks. Palomino lands a big right hand and charges in for a clinch, but is taken down by Foster who lands in his guard. Foster takes side control and is looking for a key lock. Foster takes full mount and transitions to side mount dropping bombs on Palomino ending the round on top.
Round number two, the fighters show respect again touching gloves and Foster attempts a double leg that is stuffed. Palomino is gagging the distance with his jab as he circles the decagon, but Foster was patient, lands a double leg, the scamble back up to their feet and Foster takes Palomino down again, searching for another kimura lock. Foster spins out, takes Palomino’s back and is looking for a rear naked choke. Palomino is tying up his arms and Foster is in half-guard. Foster drops several right hands and the referee waves this one off.
Your winner at 4:19 of the second round and advancing to the tournament finals to face his quater final opponent, Brian Foster!
Co-Main Event: Justin High (18-5) vs. Estevan Payan (16-8)
Round one, Payan is leading with his hands but is taken down by High. High has Payan against the cage and is throwing punches while looking for a quarter nelson. Payan fights his way back up to his feet and is throwing knees into High’s thigh. Payan fights his way to center cage and is gagging the distance with his jab.
Round two in this three round fight. Payan has found his distance and lands a heavy punch combination but High lands a huge head kick followed by a couple of hammer fists and this one is over.
Your winner by KO at 2:47 of the second round, Justin High!
Tournament Final: Joao Zeferino (20-6) vs. Brian Foster (28-8)
This one is under full MMA rules where elbows are allowed. Foster is determined to win this one avenger his earlier loss. He lands a big punch combination followed by a Superman punch. Foster charges in with a double knee but is taken down. Zeferino attempts another heel hook, but Foster won’t be caught in that one twice. he escapes, takes Zeferino’s back, but was too high. Zeferino snakes out and attempts another heel hook. Foster gets a warning for kicking Zeferino in the face in the down position when aiming for the shoulder and they are stood up by the referee. Foster is switching stances to they and throw off Zeferino, whom he does not want to go to the ground with. Foster goes for a head kick but is sweeped to the canvas. Zeferino tries again for a heel hook but Foster kicks him off once again.
Round two, Zeferino tries for a front kick, but Foster caught his leg and threw it to the side. Foster is taken down and Zeferino has top position, but Foster escapes an arm bar. Zeferino refuses to stand up after eating several kicks. The referee stands them up and Zeferino cuts the corner feeding him a right hand. Zeferino catches and rocks Foster who he takes down against the cage but Foster gets his bearings and kicks Zeferino in the head twice after standing up with him. On his way up down Foster drops a bomb and Zeferino who’s on his back and after a few hammer fists, the referee waves this one off.
Your winner by TKO at 4:51 of the second round and the new number one contender, Brian Foster!