History was made at World Series of Fighting (WSOF) "Gaethje vs. Patishnock," the promotion's eighth event which saw the inaugural lightweight and strawweight title fights materialize quicker than lightning -- not to mention the co-main event, as well.
In the headlining affair, Justin Gaethje proved that top prospects can also be found outside of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as he stopped Richard Patishnock after a wild first minute of their lightweight title fight.
Gaethje stormed in with a flying knee, and Patishnock started to unload with punches. As Gaethje turned his opponent over, which resulted in a quick takedown, Gaethje blasted Patishnock with a solid right, which sent Patishnock to the mat.
With Patishnock trying to recover, Gaethje brought forth a relentless barrage of punches while his foe was against the fence. Referee Troy Waugh took a close look at Patishnock and stopped the fight, even though the fighter was still on his feet.
It was the correct decision, as Patishnock's mouth was busted open and he was clearly on the verge of being knocked out if Waugh had not intervened.
As for Gaethje, the Grudge Training Center product leaves the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino as the first lightweight champion in WSOF history, moving to 11-0. He has only gone to a decision once, and with wins over Patishnock, as well as Dan Lauzon, Gesias Cavalcante and Drew Fickett, he is certainly one to watch moving forward.
After two cancellations due to injury, a fight between Anthony Johnson and Mike Kyle finally materialized, and it was short-lived to say the least.
"Rumble" scored another WSOF highlight-reel knockout over veteran Mike Kyle (see it here), after decking him with a right hand that had Kyle crashing to the mat, face first.
It seemed like this fight was destined to be stopped early, with both fighters throwing solid shots early in the first round. Kyle did take Johnson down early, yet he could not keep the former collegiate wrestling champion down.
After a flurry from Kyle, Johnson snuck in a brutal right hand that finished the fight, and threw another right at a downed Kyle -- which was unnecessary -- but that's how the sport goes.
"Rumble" makes the case for another UFC stint, with six straight victories since his dismissal, including four stoppages.
Jessica Aguilar was crowned as the inaugural strawweight champion, making quick work of Alida Gray and handing her the first defeat of her professional career.
The new champion shot in quickly for a takedown, and after securing it, Gray made her way back up to her feet immediately. Aguilar stuck to her like glue and after throwing multiple elbows from half guard, "Jag" locked in a head and arm choke -- transitioning to the opposite side and making her opponent tap quickly.
Riding an eight-fight winning streak, Aguilar makes the case to be considered as the best women's strawweight fighter in the world, with wins over Megumi Fuji (two to be exact) and Carla Esparza.
In a fairly uneventful fight, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 participant Cody Bollinger, who was scrutinized for missing weight and eventually kicked out of the house, scored a unanimous decision victory over Tyson Nam.
It seemed like aggression and constantly moving forward was the difference in this scrap, with Bollinger throwing plenty of kicks that did not quite land. Nam was working combinations, and it seemed like he had too much respect for the promotional debutant.
Nam did drop Bollinger in the first round; however, the latter was back on his feet without giving Nam much time to work and finish the fight.
In the second round, Nam was working well with his kicks, and Cody was looking for the head kick blow. Nam rocked Bollinger with a kick to the body, but it was Bollinger who was producing better combinations and mixing it up with strikes.
The third round was incredibly dull, with neither of the two fighting with a sense of urgency after two even rounds. Bollinger was attacking well and Nam looked a little stale, even if he had the better footwork and movement. Bollinger was throwing heavy leather often, and despite his inability to land a hard punch, it was enough for the judges to award him as the winner.
Bollinger improves to 15-2 in his career, embarking on a two-fight winning streak. Nam drops his second straight fight inside the promotion.
Opening up the action on the main card, which was seen on NBC Sports, Luis Palomino scored a vicious ground and pound knockout over Jorge Patino.
The fight started off rather slow; with both fighters looking for a fight-ending blow early. Palomino kept on finding a home for his left hand, and after he attempted his luck at a flying knee, Patino saw the opening to join his opponent on the ground and hung out in his guard without doing much.
The referee stood them up shortly after, and a flurry of punches from both finally got the crowd going. It was Palomino who was connecting more, and after Patino was hit with a big shot to the liver, he took down his foe and worked a guillotine before the horn sounded.
Patino was throwing more kicks in the second round; however, Palomino was doing much better than his adversary when it came to connecting, and rocked his opponent a few times in a number of flurries. After Palomino backed up Patino with a combination, he rocked him with a knee and followed up with some violent ground and pound that eventually knocked Patino out cold.
Palomino returns to his winning ways and improves his record to 6-2 after his latest unsuccessful stint in Bellator.
That's a wrap.
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