World Series of Fighting 7 took place today from the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and TheMMAReport.com had live coverage all night.
The main card was headlined by Georgi Karakhanyan meeting Lance Palmer for the inaugural WSOF featherweight title. Also, Elvis Mutapcic faced Jesse Taylor in the second middleweight tournament semifinal bout.
WSOF history is made
The first ever WSOF featherweight title fight between Georgi Karakhanyan and Lance Palmer.
The first clearly favored Karakhanyan, stuffing Palmer’s wrestling and getting the better of the standup. Moving into the second, Palmer was able to score a few takedowns and even slam his way of of Karakhanyan’s submission attempts; clearly earning him the round.
It would appear the third round was dead even, that is until Karakhanyan locked in a guillotine choke on the Team Alpha Male fighter in the last minutes of the round, getting the tap.
Karakhanyan is your WSOF featherweight champion, and with his devastating standup and submission game, that may be the case for some time to come.
Taylor makes the finals
Jesse Taylor and Elvis Mutapcic met in the WSOF Middleweight tournament semifinal, the winner facing Dave Branch in the inaugural WSOF Middleweight title.
Taylor immediately shoots a takedown and drags Mutapcic to the ground. As the fight unfold, all three rounds is more of the same. Mutapcic had no answer for the top control and takedowns of Taylor.
Since his stint on TUF, it’s safe to say this is the set up for the biggest fight of his career versus Dave Branch.
Lighting strikes twice for Newell
The stakes were heavy for Sabah Fadai, fighting in his home town versus undefeated and one handed fighter Nick Newell.
Newell and Fadai came out and began to circle. Newell shoots an early takedown and gets Fadai up against the cage. As Fadai used the cage to get back to his feet, Newell locked in a guillotine choke prompting Fadai to tap.
This is Newell’s second guillotine choke in a row, giving him 2 important wins in a thin division. The inaugural WSOF lightweight title is on the horizon, and with few contenders lining up, Newell seems an obvious contender for the belt.
Starnes kicks off the card right
WSOF 7 started the main card off with a light heavyweight scrap between Kalib Starnes and Dwayne Lewis.
The first round started off with the fighters come out and have an extended feeling out process to start the round, measuring distance and exchanging leg kicks. Eventually gaining a rhythm, they trade heavy leather and cage grapple.
The second round started much more aggressive, with Starnes forcing Lewis up against the cage and landing two big elbows to the head, sending Lewis to the mat, prompting the ref to step in and end the fight.
The complete World Series of Fighting 7 results are below.
Main Card: (NBCSN)
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Lance Palmer via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 4:04
Jesse Taylor def. Elvis Mutapcic via unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Nick Newell def. Sabah Fadai via sub (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:21
Kalib Starnes def. Dwayne Lewis via KO (elbows) – Round 2, 1:02.
Preliminary Card: (WSOF.com)
Michael Hill def. Richard Arsenault via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 1:29
David Perron def. Matt Baker via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 1:46
Gabriel Solorio def. Shawn Albrecht via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Myles Merola def. Dan Ring via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Brendan Kornberger def. Micah Brakefield via TKO (corner stoppage) – Round 2, 2:45