WSOF building a strong roster
By Edward Carbajal
Recently, World Series of Fighting (WSOF) announced the signing of heavyweights Jared Rosholt (14-3) and Ashley Gooch (10-4). They have also signed The Ultimate Fighter lightweight runner-up Ramsey Nijem (9-6) to an exclusive, multi-fight promotional agreement. Bringing on known names and free agency in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is great, but giving opportunities to fresh young talent is even better. WSOF is doing both and that is something that makes them stand out among their competition.
Back in May, the promotion announced “Who’s the toughest?” a recruitment program designed to further the athletic careers of military veterans who actively compete, or are seeking to compete, in the sport of MMA. It is a good way to bring new faces to the sport and build talent from WSOF rather than acquiring fighters from other promotions not signed exclusively with anyone. This is probably the best time the sport has ever seen as far as demand and opportunity for fighters goes.
WSOF looks to have a unique plan in both bringing in the free agent talent they can find and building a great brand with fighters that they have started careers for. What they are doing for veterans interested in the sport is a great way to help the promotion grow, while helping talent grow and give back to those that have an interest in MMA that have served in the armed forces.
Live World Series of Fighting action returns to NBCSN on Saturday, Oct. 7, with WSOF33: Gaethje vs. Dugulubgov, reigning, undefeated world lightweight champion Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (16-0) of Safford, Ariz. will risk his title against number one contender Ozzy Dugulubgov (8-2) of Ridgewood, N.J.
In the light heavyweight (205 pounds) co-main event, reigning world champion David Branch (16-3) of New York, N.Y. will defend his title against fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and battle-tested veteran Vinny Magalhaes (14-7) of Las Vegas, Nev. via Rio de Janeiro, Brazil., beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m., from Kansas City Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.