WSOF 31 Prelims Card Complete
World Series of Fighting today announced a complete, seven-bout preliminary fight card for its WSOF31: Ivanov vs. Copeland world heavyweight championship Mixed Martial Arts event, live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. on Friday, June 17th.
The WSOF31 undercard lineup includes the promotional debut of heavyweight knockout artist Lorenzo Hood , who will square off with fellow finisher Tyler King.
The 6-foot-3, 27-year-old Hood of Chicago, Ill. is a former professional football player turned MMA wrecking machine who has notched all 9 of his professional victories by way of (T)KO in the first round of battle.
King, a 6-foot-5, 35-year-old resident of North Attleboro, Mass. has earned 8 of his 10 career wins via (T)KO or submission. He is coming off a 51-second submission of Eric Bedard on April 16th.
In another heavyweight contest, Juliano Coutinho of Cape Cod, Mass. via Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will look to secure his second straight victory when he faces off with Team AKA product Justin Willis of San Jose, Calif.
Willis, who is riding a three-fight win streak, was originally slated to face Chris Barnett on the main card portion of the bill.
Returning to the decagon cage for the fourth time, submission specialist Tom Marcellino of Amsterdam, N.Y. will take on Devin Powell of South Berwick, Maine in one of three lightweight matchups on the WSOF31 preliminary bout card.
Powell boasts won four straight fights, three by way of (T)KO or submission.
In welterweight action, Robert Fonseca of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil will seek his fourth consecutive victory when he squares off with Sean Lally of Orleans, Mass.
Saul Almeida of Boston, Mass. will make his third start in the decagon cage in a lightweight matchup with prolific power striker Bruce Boyington of Bangor, Maine.
Thirty-year-old rising star Rodrigo Almeida of Woburn, Mass. will do battle with Ben Pierre-Saint of Superior, Wisc. at bantamweight.
In the leadoff preliminary card fight, unbeaten Sam Watford of Mount Vernon, N.Y. will face Christian Torres of Endicott, N.Y.
Priced from $39.99, tickets for WSOF31: Ivanov vs. Copeland are on sale at WSOF.com and Foxwoods.com.
Doors at The Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino will open at 5 p.m. ET, and the first preliminary card bout will begin at 6 p.m.
In the live NBCSN televised main event, reigning world heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov will risk his title against Josh Copeland while, in the lightweight co-main event, superstars Jason High and Mike Ricci will square off with their division’s number one contender ranking at stake.
Elsewhere on the live NBCSN telecast, John Howard will make his highly-anticipated World Series of Fighting debut against submission expert Thiago Meller at welterweight.
In a featherweight tilt between two prolific strikers, Luis Palomino will battle former world championship challenger Sheymon Moraes .