Updated WSOF NYC Card
By Edward Carbajal
It looks like Justin Gaethje will have to wait for Jason High. Last weekend news broke about Joao Zeferino not being able to compete at WSOF’s first New York event. The promotion wasted no time in finding an opponent for the lightweight champ and has chosen Luiz Firmino to step in.
Gaethje has been wanting to fight Jason High for a while not only offered up the fight when he spoke with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, but asked for him when his opponent fell ill at WSOF 33. Given the event is only a few weeks away it is good they managed to get Gaethje a fight before they got to New York. Zeferino apparently is removed due to injury and WSOF wishes him a speedy recovery.
Main Card (NBC, 4 PM ET – 6 PM ET, Dec 31)
Lightweight Title Fight: Justin Gaethje (16-0) vs. Luiz Firmino (19-7)
Welterweight Title Fight: Jon Fitch (28-7) vs. Jake Shields (31-8)
Welterweight: Yushin “Thunder” Okami (32-10) vs. Paul Bradley (23-6)
Bantamweight Title Fight: Marlon Moraes (16-4) vs. Josenaldo Silva (25-4)
NBCSN Card (NBCSN, 3 PM ET – 4 PM ET, Dec. 31)
Middleweight Title Fight: David Branch (19-3) vs. Louis Taylor (13-1)
Heavyweight: Jared Rosholt (14-3) vs. Caio Alencar (9-1)
Prelim Card (WSOF.com, 1 PM ET – 3 PM ET, Dec. 31)
“Who’s The Toughest?” Catchweight Fight: Shane Kruchten (11-4) vs. Jeremy Mahon (5-4)
Light Heavyweight: Smealinho Rama (9-2) vs. Jake Heun (9-4)
Middleweight: Vagab Vagabov (20-0) vs. Bruno Santos (14-2)
Featherweight: Andre Harrison (14-0) vs. Bruce Boyington (14-9)
WSOFNYC will take place EST on December 31st, 2016 from 1 p.m. ET to 6 p.m. ET with the main card airing live on NBC Sports (3 p.m. ET – 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4 p.m. ET – 6 p.m. ET on NBC). Tickets are available for purchase at the Madison Square Garden box office as well as online at Ticketmaster.com and WSOF.com and priced at $500, $250, $150, $75 and $50.