Title Fights Times Four
By Edward Carbajal
Following the announcement of consolidating their final events of 2016, WSOF added one more title fight to their New Year’s Eve Madison Square Garden event. David Branch (19-3) will fight one more time against Louis Taylor (13-1) for the middleweight title. This makes a total of four title bouts on one card.
Also announced was Marlon Moraes’ (16-4) opponent, Josenaldo Silva (25-4) who is making his WSOF debut. Silva has not lost a fight since 2011 and Moraes is undefeated in WSOF.
More bouts are to be announced soon, go to www.wsof.com/WSOFNYC for presale info.
Main Card (NBC, 4 PM ET – 6 PM ET, Dec 31)
Lightweight Title Fight: Justin Gaethje (16-0) vs. Joao Zeferino (20-8)
Welterweight Title Fight: Jon Fitch (28-7) vs. Jake Shields (31-8)
Bantamweight Title Fight: Marlon Moraes (16-4) vs. Josenaldo Silva (25-4)
Prelim Card (NBCSN, 3 PM ET – 4 PM ET / WSOF.com 2 PM ET – 3 PM ET, Dec. 31)
Middleweight Title Fight: David Branch (19-3) vs. Louis Taylor (13-1)
Smealinho Rama (9-2) vs. Jake Heun (9-4)
Yushin Okami (32-10) vs. Paul Bradley (23-6)
Shane Kruchten (11-4) vs. Jeremy Mahon (5-4)
Jared Rosholt (14-3) vs. Caio Alencar (9-1)