Wednesday, March 26th, 2014


Steve Carl vs. Rousimar Palhares for Welterweight Crown 

Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse for Inaugural Bantamweight Championship

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 26, 2014 — NBCSN presents World Series of Fighting this Saturday, March 29, at 9 p.m. ET. The elite mixed martial arts (MMA) card is highlighted by a pair of title fights in the welterweight and bantamweight divisions.

The welterweight title fight features current champion and undefeated World Series of Fighting veteran Steve Carl (21-3) and challenger Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares (15-5). Submission specialist Carl comes off a seven-fight winning streak and remains unbeaten in the past two-and-a-half years, as he faces world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Palhares. The co-main event features Marlon Moraes (12-4-1) vs. Josh Rettinghouse (10-2) for the inaugural World Series of Fighting bantamweight title. Moraes, a knockout artist, looks to extend his six-fight winning streak against fast-rising upstart Rettinghouse.

Saturday’s card also features bouts between Japanese superstar Yushin Okami (29-8) vs. Bulgarian import Svetlozar Savov (12-4) in the middleweight class, former World Series of Fighting title challenger Josh Burkman (26-10) vs. striker extraordinaire Tyler Stinson (27-9) in the welterweight class, and two-time World Series of Fighting veteran Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-1) vs. promotional newcomer Johnny Nunez (4-0) in the lightweight class.

Play-by-play announcer Todd Harris and mixed martial artist and analyst Bas Rutten will call the action from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Prior to Saturday’s World Series of Fighting card, NBCSN will premiere two episodes of World Series of Fighting: Future Champs, showcasing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action from the sport’s hottest rising stars. This Saturday’s episodes feature up-and-coming MMA fighters in prior bouts: Derrick Mehmen vs. Scott Barrett at 8 p.m. ET, immediately followed by Jose Caceres vs. Anderson Melo and Valdir Araujo vs. Tyler Stinson at 8:30 p.m. ET.

About WSOF

World Series of Fighting is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an incredible, action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans by producing the best possible matchups between elite fighters from around the globe. For more information please visit Follow World Series of Fighting on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.