World Series of Fighting 34: Gaethje vs. Firmino

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World Series of Fighting 34: Gaethje vs. Firmino
Information
PromotionWorld Series of Fighting
DateDecember 31, 2016
VenueThe Theater at Madison Square Garden
CityNew York City, New York, United States
Event chronology
World Series of Fighting 33: Branch vs. Magalhães World Series of Fighting 34: Gaethje vs. Firmino World Series of Fighting 35: Ivanov vs. Jordan

World Series of Fighting 34: Gaethje vs. Firmino was a mixed martial arts event promoted by the World Series of Fighting that was held on December 31, 2016 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.[1] The event was set to air live in prime time on NBC.

Background[edit]

The event was originally scheduled to be headlined by a Welterweight Championship bout between Champion Jon Fitch and former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields on November 12.[2] On October 17, 2016, the World Series of Fighting announced that they cancelled their original plan of holding two separate events on November 12 and December 3.[3][4] The main event was then scheduled to be headlined by WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje and top contender João Zeferino while the co-main event will be the WSOF Welterweight Championship bout between Champion Jon Fitch and Jake Shields.[5]

On October 24, 2016, it was announced that WSOF Bantamweight Champion Marlon Moraes would be defending his championship against WSOF newcomer Josenaldo Silva as the third and final fight on the main card while WSOF Middleweight Champion David Branch defends his championship against top contender Louis Taylor closing out as the final prelim bout of the night.[6]

On December 13, 2016, it was announced that Zeferino was pulled from the title fight against Gaethje after suffering an injury, he was later replaced by Luis Firmino.[7]

Results[edit]

Main Card (NBC)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Justin Gaethje (c) def. Luiz Firmino TKO (doctor stoppage) 3 5:00 [a]
Welterweight Jon Fitch (c) def. Jake Shields Decision (unanimous) (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) 5 5:00 [b]
Bantamweight Marlon Moraes (c) def. Josenaldo Silva TKO (knee injury) 1 2:30 [c]
Preliminary card (NBCSN)
Heavyweight Caio Alencar def. Jared Rosholt KO (punches) 1 1:17
Middleweight David Branch (c) def. Louis Taylor Submission (rear naked choke) 5 2:00 [d]
Light Heavyweight Smealinho Rama def. Jake Heun TKO (punches) 2 3:30
Preliminary card (WSOF.com)
Catchweight (150 lbs) Shane Kruchten def. Jeremy Mahon Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Bruno Santos def. Vagab Vagabov Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Andre Harrison def. Bruce Boyington Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 1:54
Welterweight Tom Marcellino def. Matt Denning Submission (guillotine choke) 1 3:30
Postliminary card (WSOF.com)
Welterweight Yushin Okami def. Paul Bradley Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 3 5:00

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WSOF sets WSOF 34 for December 31st".
  2. ^ "WSOF 34 adds 2 bouts, including Yushin Okami vs. Paul Bradley".
  3. ^ "WSOF Cancels Next Two Events".
  4. ^ "World Series of Fighting Cancels Next Two Events to Focus on Dec 31 NYC card".
  5. ^ "Three title fights set for WSOF's debut in New York".
  6. ^ "WSOF 34 in NYC now boasts 4 title fights, including Moraes vs. Silva, Branch vs. Taylor".
  7. ^ "Zeferino out, Justin Gaethje vs. Luiz Firmino now headlines WSOF: NYC".
  8. ^ "Colossal 11-Bout Fight Card Set For WSOFNYC's New Years Eve Extravaganza". World Series of Fighting. Retrieved 2016-10-24.