WSOF 23: Gaethje vs. Palomino II Teleconference

Wednesday September 9, 2015– The athletes and executives took part in a national media conference call to discuss the highly anticipated World Series of Fighting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world championship doubleheader mega-event on Friday, Sept. 18, at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. live on NBCSN (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

The following were in attendance:

Undefeated, World Lightweight Champion: Justin Gaethje
Hard-Hitting Lightweight Championship: Challenger Luis Palomino
World Light Heavyweight Championship: Challenger  David Branch
World Light Heavyweight Championship: Challenger Teddy Holder
WSOF Sr. Exec. Vice President and Matchmaker: Ali Abdel-Aziz
WSOF President: Ray Sefo

In a rematch to their epic battle that took place at Comerica Theatre in March, reigning, undefeated World Series of Fighting Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (14-0) of Safford, Ariz. will put his coveted title on the line for the second time against hard-hitting contender Luis “Baboon” Palomino (23-10) of Miami, Fla.

In the co-main event and inaugural World Series of Fighting light heavyweight (205 pounds) championship bout, David Branch (16-3) of New York, N.Y., 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) of Memphis, Tenn.  Holder’s nine career wins have all come by way (T)KO or submission.

In other action on the five-bout NBCSN telecast, rising star and costumed crime fighter Phoenix Jones (5-1-1) of Seattle, Wash. will take on professional boxer turned MMA upstart Roberto Yong (2-2) in a 160-pound catchweight contest.

Fast-rising star Timur “Lucky” Valiev (9-1) of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia will collide with seasoned puncher Tito Jones (11-7), of Phoenix in a bantamweight (135 pounds) affair, and dangerous veteran Brian Foster (22-7) of Sallisaw, Okla. will square off with undefeated LaRue Burley (6-0) of Phoenix.

A seven-bout preliminary card that will stream live on WSOF.com, will precede the live televised main card.

Priced from just $39.99, tickets for “WSOF 23: Gaethje vs. Palomino II” are on sale at the Comerica Theatre box office and online at WSOF.com and Ticketmaster.com.

Doors at Comerica Theatre will open at 3 p.m. MT and the first preliminary bout will begin at 3:45 p.m.

Below is the recorded teleconference and the full fight card for WSOF 23: Gaethje vs. Palomino II.


World Series of Fighting 23: Gaethje vs. Palomino II Fight Card:

Main Card
NBCSN: 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

For the WSOF Lightweight Championship:
(c) Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino

For the inaugural WSOF Light Heavyweight Championship:
David Branch vs. Teddy Holder

Phoenix Jones vs. Roberto Yong

Timur Valiev vs. Tito Jones

Brian Foster vs. LaRue Burley

Preliminary Card
FightBookMMA.com: 5:45 p.m. ET/2:45 p.m. PT

Kelvin Tiller vs. Vagab Vagabov

Krasimir Mladenov vs. Clifford Starks

Estevan Payan vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Danny Davis Jr. vs. Matthew Frincu

David Nuzzo vs. Andres Ponce

Joey Miolla vs. Randy Steinke

Jeff Fletcher vs. Benny Madrid


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