World Series of Fighting (www.WSOF.com) today announced its star-studded, championship mega-event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on New Year’s Eve. The stacked, world-championship tripleheader extravaganza for the unprecedented, three-hour live NBC Sports (3p.m. ET – 4p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4p.m. ET – 6p.m. ET on NBC) telecast of WSOFNYC will air on Saturday, December 31.
In the main event, undefeated lightweight (155 pounds) kingpin Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (16-0) will defend his crown against Joao “The Brazilian Samurai” Zeferino (20-8) and, in the co-main event the highly-anticipated welterweight (170 pounds), reigning world champion Jon Fitch (28-7) with square off with number one contender and fellow decorated superstar Jake Shields (31-8). Reigning bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (16-4) will also put his title on the line.
Tickets for WSOFNYC go on sale on October 28, at the Madison Square Garden box office as well as online at Ticketmaster.com and WSOF.com. Pre-sale information is available at www.WSOF.com/WSOFNYC.
“We are thrilled to bring our most spectacular live television event series to the world’s biggest stage on New Year’s Eve,” said World Series of Fighting CEO Carlos Silva. “This milestone event for the World Series of Fighting will give fans in the Big Apple the long-awaited chance to witness our brand of professional mixed martial arts in action.”
World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo stated, “The highly anticipated world-championship bouts we have in store for our fans showcases our best fighters in action and promised to make for a historic event”
NBC commentator and play-by-play announcer Todd Harris and legendary Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) artists Bas Rutten and Renzo Gracie will call the action live on NBC from Madison Square Garden in New York City. They will be joined by WSOF two-belt champion David Branch and MMA producer and host Joey Varner.
Additional match-ups and preliminary bout card for WSOFNYC will be announced soon.
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