Rousimar Palhares vs Jon Fitch Welterweight Title Fight Headlines World Series of Fighting 16
World Series of Fighting announced today that it will bring it’s highly-anticipated world championship Mixed Martial Arts event, headlined by a welterweight title fight between reigning champion Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares and fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Jon Fitch to the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, California. on Saturday, December 13th, live at 9pm/ET on NBCSN.
Priced from $50, tickets are on sale now at www.wsof.com.
Here’s what World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo had to say:
“We are excited to bring the World Series Fighting product to the city of Sacramento for the first time and are looking forward to delivering an incredible night of MMA action to a market where fans have shown tremendous appreciation and enthusiasm for our great sport.”
In a featherweight championship co-main event, reigning kingpin and streaking finisher Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn will put his belt on the line against submission powerhouse and Team Alpha Male alumnusLance “The Party” Palmer .
Rousimar Palhares vs. Jon Fitch
Palhares, the reigning World Series of Fighting welterweight kingpin, has also become one of the sport’s most feared executioners, with an unmatched ability to trap his opponents in a variety of leg locks. To date, 13 of the stocky and muscular fighter’s 16 career wins have come by way of submission, 10 of which he produced with either a heel hook or ankle lock.
On March 29th, Palhares was crowned champion after submitting Steve Carl with an inverted heel hook just over one minute into the first round of action. During his 10-year career, Palhares has claimed wins over a number of stellar adversaries, including,Jeremy Horn and Mike Pierce, whom Palhares tapped out with a heel hook just 31 seconds into their fight.
Also a decorated submission stylist as well as a longtime member of San Jose’s Team AKA, Fitch will make his second start of 2014 and aim for his third consecutive win, after earning a split decision over Marcelo Alfaya on October 26th, 2013 and a unanimous decision over Dennis “Superman” Hallman on July 5th, 2014, respectively.
During his 12-year professional career, Fitch has submitted or scored TKO’s on a long list of rival superstars, including Roan Carneiro, Josh Burkman, Thiago Alves, and has earned decisions over Diego Sanchez, Erick Silva and Ben Saunders.
Rick Glenn vs. Lance Palmer
The 25-year-old Glenn is looking to extend an unbeaten run that began 13 fights ago, in June 2010, and a 3-fight win streak under the World Series of Fighting banner. In those 13 starts, Glenn finished 10 of his opponents by way of TKO or submission, including his last opponent second round TKO stoppage of Georgi Karakhanyan, on June 21 2014.
Palmer, a 26-year-old standout, is looking to claim his second consecutive win after submitting Nick LoBosco with a rear-naked choke in the first round (4:15) of action in the World Series of Fighting cage on June 21. Palmer has produced four of his eight career wins by way of submission.
Two additional, main card bouts will be announced soon. The live, four-bout NBCSN telecast of WSOF 16: Palhares vs. Fitch will begin at 9pm/ET on December 13th.
Doors at the McClellan Conference Center will open at 2pm/PT and the first preliminary bout will begin at 3pm/PT