Fitch defeats Okami, Ivanov retains HW title, Bibulatov claims flyweight belt at WSOF 24
World Series of Fighting’s most recent event saw two UFC vets clash while one champion defended his title for the first time and one new champion was crowned. WSOF 24 took place October 17th at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT with an undercard webstreamed at WSOF.com, a main card broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.
In the main event Jon Fitch got back in the win column with a hard-fought unanimous decision over fellow UFC vet Yushin Okami. Round one was a clinch war with little scoring while rounds two and three saw Fitch score multiple takedowns into stifling control with just enough damage to keep from being stood up. In the end two judges saw it 30-27, one scored the bout 29-98 for Fitch. With the win Fitch improves to 27-7 overall, 3-2 post-UFC while Okami drops to 30-10, 1-2 post-UFC.
In the co-main event Blagoy Ivanov overwhelmed fellow Bellator vet Derrick Mehmen Derrick Mehmen for a successful first defense of the heavyweight title. Ivanov made great use of his powerful left hook throughout the fight until finally driving Mehmen to the fence late in round 2 and for the TKO. Ivanov emerges 13-1, Mehmen 19-7.
The second title fight was actually the first fight of the main card as Magomed Bibulatov won the inaugural flyweight title with a unanimous decision over Donavan Frelow. Bibulatov’s speed gave the Chechnyan an advantage for his mix of standard and unorthodox striking on the feet including spinning back fists and kicks that kept Frelow guessing. When Frelow would close in with punches Bibulatov would take him down again using his speed to out-score the Las Vegas fighter. Although unable to finish the fight within five rounds Bibulatov was the clear winner in this unanimous decision, the fifth decision in his still-perfect 10-0 record. Frelow tasted defeat for the first time as he emerged 5-1.
Also on the main card former lightweight champion Nick Newell defeated Tom Marcellino while ADCC Worlds vet Vinny Magalhaes submitted fellow UFC vet Matt Hamill.
On November 20th WSOF return to Phoenix for WSOF 25 then wrap up the year with WSOF 26 on December 18th. The November card is headlined by Jason High vs. Estevan Payan while the card is dominated by a one-night eight-man lightweight tournament to crown a #1 contender.
WSOF 24 results
- Bruce Boyington def. Rodrigo Almeida by split decision
- Rex Harris def. Justin Torrey by split decision
- Patrick Walsh def. Tyler King by unanimous decision
- Colton Smith def. Washington Nunes da Silva by unanimous decision
- Marcos Alexandre Campos de Almeida def. Saul Almeida 1:23 R1 by rear-naked choke
- Rick Glenn def. Adam Ward 1:27 R2 by KO
- Flyweight title: Magomed Bibulatov def. Donavon Frelow by unanimous decision
- Vinny Magalhaes def. Matt Hamill 1:08 R1 by kneebar
- Nick Newell def. Tom Marcellino by unanimous decision
- HW title: Blagoy Ivanov def. Derrick Mehmen 4:33 R2 by TKO
- Jon Fitch def. Yushin Okami by unanimous decision