NBC TO SHOWCASE BEST-OF-THE-BEST MMA ACTION IN
‘WSOF UNSTOPPABLE: ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP’
ON SATURDAY, DEC. 27
LAS VEGAS (Dec. 24, 2014) – Following a spectacular year of world-class Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action, NBC will recap the paths that seven World Series of Fighting (www.wsof.com) world champions took to capture gold with ‘WSOF Unstoppable: Road To The Championship,’ a special 90-minute program that premieres on the broadcast network on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 2:30 p.m. EST/11:30 a.m. PST.
“We are excited to cap off what was a banner year for World Series of Fighting, and appreciate the opportunity that NBC is giving our fans to re-live some of the most incredible moments we have seen thus far in our cage,” said World Series of Fighting President, six-time world champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo.
“WSOF Unstoppable: Road To The Championship,” continued Sefo, “will essentially hone in on the journeys and achievements of our reigning world champions who fought their hearts out to become recognized as the top fighters in their respective divisions.”
Hosted by World Series of Fighting play-by-play announcer Todd Harris and MMA legends Bas Rutten and Renzo Gracie, ‘WSOF Unstoppable: Road To The Championship’ features a mixture of highlights and complete rounds from 16 different World Series of Fighting bouts that took place over the course of nine live events between 2013 and 2014, including the seven championship showdowns that took place this year.
Each matchup showcases one of the seven featured athletes – bantamweight (135 pounds) Marlon Moraes, featherweight (145 pounds) Lance “The Party” Palmer, undefeated lightweight (155 pounds) Justin Gaethje, welterweight (170 pounds) Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares, middleweight (185 pounds) David Branch, heavyweight Smealinho Rama and women’s strawweight (115 pounds) Jessica “Jag” Aguilar – in either a World Series of Fighting world championship bout or a bout that took the fighter one step closer to his or her successful title bid.
Since it launched its live event series on Nov. 3, 2012 with a stellar six-bout fight card on NBC Sports Network that reached over 80 million homes, World Series of Fighting has effectively been building its brand, and on July 5, the promotion made its debut on broadcast television before a live NBC audience of nearly 1 million viewers.
World Series of Fighting has successfully expanded its footprint to 100 different countries with its premier fight programming as part of a multi-year agreement with IMG, the world’s leader in sports content distribution.
‘WSOF Unstoppable: Road To The Championship’ is produced by Tupelo-Honey Raycom.
On Jan. 17, World Series of Fighting action returns to NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) live with a sensational card headlined by a welterweight matchup between rival superstars Jake Shields (30-7-1, 1 NC) of San Francisco, Calif. and Brian Foster (22-6) of Sallisaw, Okla. The winner of the main event will challenge Palhares for the world welterweight championship.
About World Series of Fighting (WSOF)
World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 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).