Friday September 18, 2015– “WSOF 23: Gaethje vs. Palomino II” preliminary card bout commitments at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. on Friday, Sept. 18.
In the main event, undefeated, reigning World Series of Fighting Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (14-0) will collide for the second time with hard-hitting rivalLuis “Baboon” Palomino (23-10), after the two engaged in an all-out war, which has already been touted as a “Fight of the Year” candidate, in the main event of WSOF 19 at Comerica Theatre.
In the co-main event and inaugural World Series of Fighting light heavyweight (205 pounds) championship bout, David Branch(16-3), the promotion’s reigning world middleweight (185 pounds) champion, will attempt to become the first two-division kingpin in World Series of Fighting history, when he faces off with Cinderella story Teddy Holder (9-1), whose nine career wins have all come by way (T)KO or submission.
The live, five-fight NBCSN telecast of “WSOF 23: Gaethje vs. Palomino II” begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
WSOF 23 weigh-in results included:
(NBCSN, 10 p.m. ET)
- Champ Justin Gaethje (154.7) vs. Luis Palomino (154.2) – for lightweight title
- Dave Branch (204) vs. Teddy Holder (202.4) – for inaugural light heavyweight title
- Tito Jones (134.7) vs. Timur Valiev (135.9)
- Ben Fodor (161.6)* vs. Roberto Yong (157.3) – 160-pound catchweight
- LaRue Burley (154.9) vs. Brian Foster (155.7)
(FightBookMMA.com, 7 p.m. ET)
- Brian Grinnell (181.9) vs. Vagab Vagabov (184.9)
- Krasimir Mladenov (185.7) vs. Clifford Starks (186)
- Danny Davis Jr. (169.5) vs. Matthew Frincu (170.3)
- David Nuzzo (136) vs. Andres Ponce (135.8)**
- Joey Miolla (135) vs. Randy Steinke (135.9)
- Jeff Fletcher (154.2) vs. Benny Madrid (160.3)***
* Fodor will surrender 20 percent of his fight purse to Yong.
** Ponce was 137.5 on his first attempt, and made weight on his second try.
*** Madrid will surrender 20 percent of his fight purse to Fletcher.