World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) Recap and Results
HAINAN, CHINA November 22, 2015 World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) was welcomed to the beautiful island province of Hainan, China for the very first WSOF-GC event. Fighters representing eight countries on four continents thrilled the audience with an excellent showcase of mixed martial arts.
“It’s great to come to a place like Hainan, where the sport of MMA is relatively unknown,” said WSOF-GC President Shawn Wright. “We were very well received from everyone we met and were treated incredibly well by all of our hosts. There were nearly 2000 people for our public weigh-in and over 4000 people in attendance for our first event. There was a lot of curiosity of exactly what MMA was and from the cheers, roars, and chanting from the crowd, it was clear that they loved it. We can’t wait to come back here.”
The event started off with some local talent before moving to the highlighted preliminary bouts. The main card led off with a female bout and featured a 4-man lightweight qualifier to determine the first ever WSOF-GC Lightweight World Champion, with the two winners scheduled to compete on at TBD future card.
The heavyweight main event had an unfortunate outcome as Jeremy May (13-8) sustained an inadvertent eye poke from Evgeny Erokhin (12-4). Both fighters had finished a combined ten opponents in a row leading into the match. “These things happen and we appreciate both fighters actively promoting the event,” said WSOF-GC Vice President of Operations and Matchmaker, Jason Lilly. “Despite the outcome of our main event, it was a great night of fights that saw some highlight reel submissions, some exciting back-and-forth action, and sets us up for an amazing lead in for future events.”
There were still plenty of things to be thrilled about. The co-main events featured four fighters representing USA, Brazil, Russia, and Japan. USA’s Dylan Fussell (Team Quest Thailand), won a thrilling split decision bout against world-class veteran, Brazil’s Carlo Prater. Russia’s Khusein Khaliev (K-Dojo Warrior Tribe) submitting Japan’s Yoshihiro Koyama with a rear-naked choke in the first round. Dylan Fussell and Khusein Khaliev will fight for the WSOF-GC Lightweight World Championship on a TBD upcoming card.
Jeremy May (13-8) vs Evgeny Erokhin (12-4) – No Contest due to accidental eye poke
Khusein Khaliev (14-1) defeats Yoshiro Koyama (21-9-2) via rear-naked choke R1
Dylan Fussell (9-2) defeats Carlo Prater (31-17-1) via split decision 29-28, 27-30, 29-28
Vadim Ogar (5-1) defeats Chaitanya Gavali (5-2) via armbar R1
Jennifer Norris (1-0) defeats He Qun (1-1) via rear-naked choke R1
Alexander Keshtov (6-0) defeats Caleb Lally (6-4) via UD 30-27, 30-27, 29-28
Yadwinder Singh (5-0) defeats Alex Schild (2-1) via UD 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Scott Hudson (5-2-1) vs Islam Makoev (5-1-1) – Draw 29-27, 28-28, 26-30
Hu Ri Ge (2-0) defeats Wang Shuo (0-1) via UD 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Xiong Pei Ping (1-0) defeats Han Jia Qiang (0-1) via guillotine choke R1
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