World Series of Fighting 8,
By Steven Rothman & Matt Benoliel -The Fighting News Reporters
On January 18th, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida once again hosted the World Series of Fighting to the excitement of South Florida MMA fans. The fight card featured former UFCers, local talent from American Top Team and the Blackzillians, and even a former Olympian. But one fighter is clearly taking the WSOF spotlight, undefeated Justin Gaethje (11-0), who secured the WSOF Inaugural Lightweight Title with a swift and brutal knockout of Rich Patishnock (6-2).
Gaethje exploded across the cage at the opening bell and traded blows with Patishnock, scoring with a flying knee and some vicious elbows that prove the versatility of his fight game. Gaethje’s past victories have included submissions, and knock-outs or TKOs by both punches and leg kicks. This fight ended quickly, at sixty-nine seconds into the first round.
The night also saw a submission victory by Jessica Aguilar for the women’s Strawweight Title. Aguilar is another talent who has proven that she can win fights on her feet or on the mat.
Also on the main card, former UFCer Anthony “Rumble” Johnson scored a knockout victory over another former UFCer, Mike “Mak” Kyle. Kyle came out strong and had the advantage for a few moments before being KO’d by a short right hook that sent him face down to the mat.
Luis Palomino (22-9) also scored a KO, this time in the second round, against the veteran Jorge Patino (35-15).
On the undercard, heaveyweights Scott “The Bear” Barrett and Derrick “Caveman” Mehmen fought the hardest fight of the night with both fighters trading punches from the opening bell to the final bell. The unanimous decision went to Mehmen, who was more aggressive throughout the fight, though Barrett seemed to land the heavier punches. Both fighters took a lot of punishment and showed a lot of heart.
If any South Florida MMA fan missed WSOF 8, be sure to attend their next event-you will not be disappointed!