World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 24: "Fitch vs. Okami" airs live on NBC Sports TONIGHT (Sat., Oct. 17, 2015) from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Tonight's top fight features long-time Welterweight standout, Jon Fitch, going against Yushin 'Thunder' Okami in his first-ever attempt to fight at the 170-pound limit. It's a key fight for a division that currently lacks a world champion.
Elsewhere on the NBC Sports-televised card you can watch two championship fights. Blagoi Ivanov makes his first Heavyweight title defense since winning the title in June, while the inaugural Flyweight champion will be decided between Magomed Bibulatov and Donavon Frelow in five rounds or less.
All of the action-packed WSOF 24 televised bouts air this evening on NBC Sports starting at 10 p.m. ET! MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE results and real-time play-by-play coverage of WSOF 24: "Fitch vs. Okami" below, including "Prelims" undercard action that starts at 7 p.m. ET.
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WSOF 24 QUICK RESULTS:
Jon Fitch vs. Yushin Okami: Fitch via UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.
Blagoi Ivanov (c) vs. Derrick Mehmen: Ivanov via TKO at 4:33 R2.
Vinny Magalhães vs. Matt Hamill: Magalhaes via sub (knee bar) 1:08 R1.
Nick Newell vs. Tom Marcellino: Newell via UD 29-28 X3.
Magomed Bibulatov vs. Donavon Frelow: Bibulatov 50-45 X3.
Rick Glenn vs. Adam Ward: Glenn via KO 1:27 of R2.
Alexandre de Almeida vs. Saul Almeida: Alexandre via sub 1:23 of R1.
Rodrigo Almeida vs. Bruce Boyington: Boyington via SD 29-28 X2, 28-29.
Justin Torrey vs. Rex Harris: Harris via SD 29-29 X2, 28-29.
Washington Da Silva vs. Colton Smith: Smith via UD 30-26 X3.
Pat Walsh vs. Tyler King: Walsh via UD 30-27 X3.
WSOF 24 PLAY-BY-PLAY UPDATES:
Jon Fitch vs. Yushin Okami
Round 1: Fitch is in the black trunks, Okami the silver. Okami is 30-9 and fighting out of Fujiwara, Japan. Fitch is 26-7-1 and fighting out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Our referee in charge is Dan Miragliotta. Gloves are tapped and the fight is underway with Okami coming forward aggressively. Fitch goes for a takedown at the minute mark but Oakmi stays standing. The two change positions against the cage and Fitch goes for a single leg, which he lets go to throw some knees instead. Okami turns him around and tries some knees of his own. It's a very tactical battle against the cage as they continue to trade dominant spots and head positions. Miragliotta gets tired of it and resets them at 2:53. Okami pushes Fitch right back to the fence. Fitch tries a few body shots and Okami tries to drop levels and bring Fitch down with brute strength - it doesn't work. This is rarely ever scored in MMA but I'd make this round a 10-10 draw. Neither man did anything offensively that dominated the other.
Round 2: Fitch uses jabs to set up a single leg in R2 and it works - he gets the takedown at 0:20. Okami is back up at the 48 second mark. Okami moves away at 1:05 and both men trade jabs. Okami's takedown attempt is stuffed when Fitch sprawls, and Fitch gets his own takedown at 1:35. Fitch tries to peel Okami's arms away after punching Okami in the thigh. He moves to side control but then winds up back in half guard right away. Fitch pushes off the cage with his feet looking to improve position and Okami tries in vain to get back up. Fitch slowly works his way to the back but Okami is in position to wind up on top in guard if he could pop his head free - but he doesn't. This round clearly goes the way of Jon Fitch 10-9.
Round 3: Okami tries to come forward with strikes but Fitch turns it into a takedown with immediate side control at 0:32. Fitch ends up in half guard but he's pummeling Okami with right hands. Okami scrambles and gets up at 1:16. Okami tries to land the big shot and Fitch turns him into the fence looking for another takedown, which he gets at the two minute mark. Okami stands at 2:58 and Fitch takes the back looking to drag him to the mat - and he goes. Okami briefly has a front headlock and he tries to turn it into a guillotine but Fitch pops out at 4:03 and throws right hands. Fitch scrambles a little and jumps on Okami with 36 seconds left. He's on top at the end and should be on the cards.
Final result: The judges score the contest 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 all for Jon Fitch.
Blagoi Ivanov (c) vs. Derrick Mehmen
Mehmen is 19-6 in the black trunks, hailing from Cedar Rapids, Iowa as the challenger. Ivanov is 12-1 in the white trunks, hailing from Sofia, Bulgaria as the champion. Our referee in charge of this Heavyweight title bout is Bryan Miner.
Round 1: Both men feel out the range for the first 30 seconds before Ivanov and Mehmen clash foreheads, with Ivanov swarming him against the fence with punches and knees afterward. Mehmen covers up and survives. Mehmen uses a body shot but he gets nailed with a big left to the head in response. Mehmen's face is swelling up. More big lefts find the target and Mehmen clinches up. Ivanov breaks free at 2:44. Mehmen is wearing his own blood now on his left arm. Another huge left lands at 3:19. Meanwhile David Branch has joined commentary and Chael Sonnen is making jokes about how he may need surgery from carrying around two heavy gold belts. Mehmen throws his hands up at 4:13 and begs Ivanov to crack him. 10-9 round for Ivanov.
Round 2: Ivanov continues to load up the left hand and Mehmen is still trying to work shots to the body. Ivanov continues to walk Mehmen down and cracks him at 1:42. Mehmen flies backward from a flurry forward by Ivanov at 2:02. Ivanov continues to come forward as Mehmen circles to his left. Ivanov has opened Mehmen up again 3:35 into R2 - his face is a crimson mask of blood. Mehmen keeps trying to wipe the blood out of his eyes so he can see. Huge left hand at 4:30 CRUSHES Mehmen and the ref is swarming to save him as Ivanov pours it on. This one is over.
Final result: Blagoi Ivanov retains the Heavyweight title via TKO at 4:33 of the second round.
Vinny Magalhães vs. Matt Hamill
Round 1: Black trunks for Hamill, 11-5, fighting out of Syracuse by way of Utica, New York. Red/white/black trunks for Magalhaes, 12-7, fighting out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Our referee in charge is Bryan Miner. The two clinch up almost immediately. Magalhaes throws a body kick that's caught but manages to shake free. Hamill lands an uppercut that may have rocked Magalhaes, but Magalhaes goes to his back, fishes for a knee bar and Hamill taps out quick.
Final result: Vinny Magalhaes via submission (heel hook) at 1:08 of the first round.
Nick Newell vs. Tom Marcellino
Round 1: Marcellino is in the black trunks and his opponent Newell is in the yellow. Newell is 12-1, Marcellino is 7-3. Marcellino hails from Amsterdam, New York while 'Notorious' Newell hails from Milford, Connecticut. Our referee in charge is Dan Miragliotta. Newell tries to tap gloves to start the fight, Marcellino throws a kick, and Newell just smiles at him like a shark. They tie up at 49 seconds and Newell starts to connect to the head. Newell drops for a single leg and gets Marcellino to his butt at 1:31. Miragliotta calls for work. Marcellino tries to get a guillotine and Miragliotta takes a look to see if Newell is out, and he's fine, popping his head free at 2:56 and then going for a guillotine choke of his own. Marcellino escapes at 3:27. Newell goes for an armbar. Newell gets back up at 4:17. He presses Marcellino into the fence and Miragliotta warns Marcellino about strikes to the small of the back. Newell wants another takedown but can't get it before the bell. 10-9 Newell.
Round 2: Newell is looking for a takedown 40 seconds into R2 and Marcellino goes for the guillotine again. Newell gets free at 1:07. Marcellino tries to grab it again as the crowd loudly chants LET'S GO NICK. Newell rolls his way out of danger but Marcellino just won't give up. Newell gets free again at 2:12 and quickly takes Marcellino's back. Marcellino manages to get him back into guard on top with two minutes left. One more time Marcellino tries to get a guillotine to no avail. Miragliotta calls for work at the four minute mark as the Mashantucket Pequot commissioner looks on at cageside. Miragliotta stands them up with 20 seconds left. Someone rings the bell early right as Marcellino was going for a takedown, but Miragliotta tells them to stop because the bell rang. Not really his fault.
Round 3: Marcellino tries to jump on Newell's back 45 seconds into the third, sneaks in some nice punches from underneath, and Newell goes into survival mode as he takes knees to the ribs on his right side. Newell stands back up at 1:31. Marcellino lands a good knee to the head. Newell changes the position, drops levels, and Marcellino has to go to his knees to defend the takedown. Newell slowly but surely completes the takedown as Miragliotta calls for more work. Marcellino goes for a guillotine. He pops out at 3:28 after the announcers speculate that Newell might have been tapping. Miragliotta stands them up with a minute left. Newell pulls guard at 4:18. Both fighters seem completely exhausted. Marcellino postures up for hammers at 4:45 and Newell connects with an upkick. Marcellino seems to be talking smack and begging Newell to get up, and he refuses to do so before the bell. This could be a weird scorecard. If it were up to me I'd give Newell the first two rounds and Marcellino the third.
Final result: The judges score the contest 29-28 all in favor of 'Notorious' Nick Newell.
Magomed Bibulatov vs. Donavon Frelow
Frelow is 5-0 in the yellow trunks and fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Bibulatov is 9-0 in the blue trunks and fighting out of Grozny, Chechnya. Our referee in charge of this Flyweight title fight is Dan Miragliotta.
Round 1: Frelow lands the first kick as he's circling on the outside. Bibulatov lands a back kick in response. After 45 seconds they settle down a little bit and try to feel out the range. Bibulatov is content to control the center of the Decagon and try to push Frelow toward the fence to cut an angle. He misses with a spinning backfist at 1:53. A high kick also misses. Frelow is thrown to the ground at 2:20 but he quickly pops up. Bibulatov tries to throw an elbow in tight. Frelow escapes, Bibulatov throws a spinning back kick that misses, but his takedown works. Frelow gets back up at 3:20. Bibulatov connects with a hard leg kick at 4:13. Frelow fakes a strike and goes for a takedown but can't complete it. Bibulatov completes a nice multiple strike combo in the final 20 seconds. 10-9 Bibulatov.
Round 2: Frelow is trying to push forward at the start of the round, but ends up being dumped on his back at 38 seconds - he's up 7 seconds later. Bibulatov tries to sneak in some elbow strikes from a tight clinch. They spin around and Bibulatov lands a knee. He backs off and lands a knee and a high kick. Frelow throws a hard right that just misses after a nice kick to the thigh from Bibulatov. Bibulatov keeps pressuring Frelow toward the outside circle of the Decagon, but he's unable to cut the angle and keep him pinned there. Nice uppercut by Bibulatov at 3:15. Good leg kick from Frelow at 3:50. Bibulatov and Frelow trade punches for a few seconds. Frelow presses forward for the last 10 seconds of the round hoping to sway some of the judges.
Round 3: Bibulatov circles around Frelow to the right to open R3 then connects with a spinning back kick. Frelow comes forward aggressively and pays for it by being taken down at 1:58. He tries to get up and is taken down again at 2:20. Bibulatov jumps to the back but Frelow escapes and is on top momentarily. He tries to blast Bibulatov but he rolls and scrambles back to his feet. It's the combos that are effective for Bibulatov - when he does land a strike he tends to land a couple more behind it. Frelow lands a good combo at 4:19. Time is called at 4:45 as Bibulatov is kicked in the groin. Bibulatov cements the round with another big takedown. He should be up at least 29-28 at this point. On my own scorecard he's won every round.
Round 4: Frelow comes out swinging for the first six seconds of the round but Bibulatov responds with a spinning back kick. Frelow with a good combo one minute in before Bibulatov ties him up and slams him down at 1:13. He takes the back too high and Frelow slips out but is pressed into the cage. Bibulatov looks for a single but exits with a spinning heel kick and then gets another takedown on the opposite side at 2:03. Frelow wall walks his way back to his knees but is put back down on his back at 2:52, although he's got Bibulatov's head trapped until 3:18. The moment he lets go Bibulatov takes the back for a split second and Frelow slips out. Frelow charges forward and hits air. Spinning backfist from Bibulatov connects. Bibulatov lands a right jab and a back kick. Another backfist to end the round from Bibulatov, who should be well ahead going to the final round of this Flyweight title fight.
Round 5: Frelow comes forward striking again and Bibulatov immediately gets a takedown. Frelow has an arm around his neck but can't cinch up a guillotine. Miragliotta warns Frelow to let go of the shorts.Bibulatov tries to step over to side control, then winds up taking the back instead. Frelow escapes and is on top of BIbulatov's butterfly guard. Bibulatov goes for an armbar and Frelow escapes at the last second. Miragliotta stands them up at 2:05 after a lack of improvement on the ground. Bibulatov with a spinning backfist and a push kick. Bosy shot from Bibulatov. Cartwheel kick by Bibulatov. High kick. Frelow swings and misses several times. Hard spinning kick to the body by Bibulatov. 1-2 combo. Knees traded in clinch. Back heel to Frelow's chin. Bibulatov with more spin kicks to the body and a double leg to the ground at 4:10. That should just about seal the deal here. Frelow gieves up the back and Bibulatov hits rights before Frelow stands up. Bibulatov nails him with several jumping knees against the cage. I've only got one round that Frelow could have possibly won out of this entire fight.
Final result: The judges score this contest 50-45 x3 for the inaugural Flyweight champion Magomed Bibulatov.
Rick Glenn vs. Adam Ward
Round 1: Ward is in the red trunks for this fight. Glenn is in the black trunks and is the former WSOF Featherweight Champion. Ward's record is 15-6 and Glenn's is 15-3-1. Our referee in charge is Bryan Miner. Ward lands the first blow - a kick to the body. Glenn responds with a hand to the chin. Ward pushes Glenn into the fence and hits a body slam takedown. Glenn gets back up at 1:32. Ward is circling and letting Glenn come toward him. Glenn pins him against the fence at 3:30 and takes the back, nearly getting a rear naked choke, but Ward slips out and puts his right leg high in the air. Ward and Glenn break clean with no advantage gained either way. Ward clinches for a couple of knees right as R1 ends. Close round.
Round 2: Ward tries a Superman punch right at the start of R2. He goes for a clinch as Glenn pressures forward to the fence. Ward reverses the position, Glenn turns him right back, backs away for a few strikes, then doubles Ward to the ground at 1:08. Ward tries upkicks but Glenn pulls him away from the fence by the legs, but Glenn lands a DEVASTATING left hand straight to the ground, and Ward is already out before the ref comes over to wave it off. Glenn landed a second before he got there, but pulled up and didn't throw a third.
Final result: Rick Glenn via knockout at 1:27 in round two.
Alexandre de Almeida vs. Saul Almeida
Round 1: Saul Almeida is in black Hayabusa trunks and comes to the Decagon wearing a karate headband. Alexandre de Almeida is in the white Samel trunks. He does a cartwheel and a jump off the fence once he hits the cage. The winner of this bout is the #1 contender to face Lance Palmer. Saul's record is 18-5 and Alexandre's is 16-5. Our referee in charge is Dan Miragliotta. Alexandre gets stuffed on an early takedown attempt. Alexandre goes for it again and takes the back of Saul at 1:01, getting a rear naked choke and Saul taps out shortly after it's applied.
Final result: Alexandre de Almeida wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:23 of round one.
Rodrigo Almeida vs. Bruce Boyington
Round 1: Blue trunks, 10-8, is Bruce Boyington. Rodrigo Almeida is 12-2 and also in blue trunks. Our referee is Dan Miragliotta. The feed freezes right after Dan is introduced but comes back for first round action without time skipping. Almeida gets double underhooks against the fence 30 seconds in. Almeida gets a takedown at 1:07 and briefly his head is trapped. Boyington gets back up right away and Almeida is taken down at 1:42 but works for a submission off his back, gets up, and winds up back on top on the ground again at 2:30. Almeida grinds away on top for the rest of R1 until he goes for a kimura with short time left, doesn't get it, but has full mount at the end of the round. 10-9 Almeida.
Round 2: Boyington is trying to turn it into a slugfest standing to open R2. Almeida pushes Boyington into the fence, and takes him down at 1:27 after a bit of a struggle. Boyington is back up at 1:56. Almeida takes him down again at 2:13. They're back up again as we pass the three minute mark and Boyington stings Almeida a few times standing. He tries a spinning kick and feints some uppercuts but ultimately Almeida pushes him back to the cage again for another takedown at 4:25. Boyington tries to elbow him off his back. This round should go to Almeida as well.
Round 3: Almeida is throwing good leg kicks early in R3 and doesn't seem quite as overwhelmed in the exchanges with Boyington. Boyington eludes a takedown at 1:19. Boyington is landing front kicks to the body here and there. Almeida ties him up after tasting an uppercut. Boyington reverses the position against the fence and then backs off to get striking distance. He's trying to be flashy but when he throws a knee Almeida gets the takedown at 2:57. Boyington searches for submissions off his back and tries to put his right elbow on Almeida's head. Boyington gets back up at 3:50 and gets takedown down again right to side control with a minute left. Boyington goes for a kimura to no avail and time runs out with Almeida on top.
Final result: The judges score this contest a split decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 for Bruce Boyington.
Justin Torrey vs. Rex Harris
Round 1: Harris is in the black trunks for tonight's fight. His record is 7-2. Torrey is 7-1 in the red trunks. Our referee for this fight is Bryan Miner. Harris goes for a takedown off the very first leg kick Torrey throws and gets it at 0:18. Torrey tries to scoot backward to the fence and eats some hard body shots. He eats some nasty left hands to the face as he stands back up. You can see a cut or two on his forehead. Torrey lands the occasional knee to the body then sweeps to the ground at 1:59 but can't keep Harris there. Torrey turns Harris into the fence for some hard knees to the body, throws Harris to the ground again, goes hard for an armbar but Harris fights it off and winds up on top with 2 minutes left. Torrey tries to push off the fence with his feet but Harris stays tight on top. They stand again at 3:55. Torrey and Harris continue to battle in the clinch. Harris takes him down with short time left in R1.
Round 2: Torrey comes out throwing kicks and Harris takes him down in under 10 seconds. Torrey is trying to looking for opportunities off his back but Harris keeps muscling him down to the canvas. Torrey gets back to his knees against the fence and is nailing Harris with some lefts. Torrey stands up at 2:49 but Harris stakes his back. Torrey tries reverse foot stomps but is taken down again at 3:18. Honestly not an exciting round - I'm glad I have a tall cup of coffee right now. Harris should be up 20-18 on the scorecards.
Round 3: Torrey lands a combo with a BIG knee but Harris eats it and stays standing as Torrey pushes him into the fence. Harris breaks it off at 0:39 and lands some hard jabs and a right hook. Torrey puts him on the fence again and tries to pull the head down for knees but lands a low blow instead. We restart at 1:11 after a glove touch and Torrey throws hard, forcing Harris to push him to the fence, Torrey tries to use the whizzer to reverse, Harris drops levels and gets Torrey off his feet for a second at 2:02. Torrey throws him off and throws some nice combos against the fence. He's landing knees and hard blows whenever he gets range, and Harris seems unable to break free. He finally gets a takedown at 3:22 and Torrey blatantly grabs the fence but the ref doesn't seem to see it. Harris is trying to hold him down for the time remaining. Torrey gets back up right before the bell and the two exchange a quick hug. Harris' right eye appears to be swollen shut.
Final result: The judges score this 29-28 Harris, 29-28 Torrey, 29-28 for Harris by split decision.
Washington Da Silva vs. Colton Smith
Round 1: Former TUF 16 winner Colton Smith is in the black trunks and blue gloves tonight. Da Silva also has black trunks and red gloves. Smith is 5-4 and Da Silva is 5-1. Our referee in charge is Bryan Miner. Both men spend the first 40 seconds dancing around and feeling out the range. Two minutes have gone by and almost nothing has happened. Even Chael Sonnen says they each need to get a half foot closer to each other on commentary. Smith finally closes the distance at 2:55 and Da Silva responds with knees against the fence and a standing reversal takedown at 3:10. They get up at 3:35 with Da Silva landing a few rights. Smith charges in again and throws a knee against the fence. Da Silva is thrown down at 4:13 and Smith has his back. He gets up and Smith takes him down again to full mount, taking the back for some damage before the bell. 10-9 Smith.
Round 2: Smith is immediately bobbing and weaving to open the second round and the ref calls for time at 20 seconds to cut some loose tape on Smith's left hand. They touch gloves and resume action. Smith pushes him into the fence for a takedown at the one minute mark. Smith gets one left through but his right leg is still trapped, but from this position he's able to grind left elbows into Da Silva's head. Smith gets fully to side control and pins one arm down with his legs for a bit to do damage. Smith is also throwing knees to the ribs and that can't feel good. Everything Smith is doing right now is working. Da Silva flails around trying to buck Smith off unsuccessfully. Smith gets kneed in the head and Da Silva gets a one point deduction from the ref since Smith was on on the ground. He restarts them correctly with Smith in side control and he quickly takes a full mount. Da Silva gives up his back and Smith lands a big elbow before the bell. 10-8 for Smith - borderline 10-7.
Round 3: Both fighters circle and paw at each other for the first minute of R3. Smith has literally nothing to lose now. The ref calls for more action at 1:12. Da Silva is not pressuring him and Smith is not feeling any pressure with a wide lead at this point. Smith puts him against the fence at the 2 minute mark. Da Silva goes down to one knee at 2:21 and he's complaining he got poked in the eye. Smith gets no deduction for it. After the restart he charges forward throwing knees, Da Silva tries to catch a leg for a takedown, but Smith spins and hops and stays on his feet. Instead it's Smith who ends up on Da Silva's back at 3:20. Smith grinds out the rest of the round and even throws up both hands with his tongue out in the final 10 seconds. He's clearly won this fight.
Final result: The judges score this contest 30-26 X3 all for Colton Smith.
Pat Walsh vs. Tyler King
Round 1: Tyler King is in the white trunks and sports a gigantic bushy black beard. Chael Sonnen doesn't believe it's real. Pat Walsh is in the red trunks for tonight's fight. He slips and falls trying to sprint around the cage. King is 9-3 and making his WSOF debut. Walsh is 6-2 and also taking his first WSOF bout. Walsh's nickname is 'The Kung Fu Panda.' Our referee for this bout is Dan Miragliotta. Walsh gets a single leg 28 seconds in. Walsh stands up and tries to slam King back down. King stands up again at 1:15 but eats some body shots and a left to the head. Walsh gets warned to keep his fingers out of the fence. King and Walsh trade positions for a bit as Walsh gets another takedown at 2:10, taking half guard and throwing rights to the body. Walsh stands up and backs away of his own accord at 3:32. King leg trips his way to another single leg takedown at 3:56. King gets up and tries to take the back with short time. Walsh avoids a late takedown attempt. 10-9 Walsh.
Round 2: King has a cut on the bridge of his nose as R2 gets underway. Walsh immediately lands a right to the head. Whatever Walsh is giving up in reach he's making up for it with power when he ducks under King's arms and lands looping hooks. King is forced to just cover up and defend. King does get a brief clinch and lands a knee. King's arms are dropping and his stance is sagging - his age and size are both wearing him out. Walsh throws some hard body shots as they get to the fence. King and Walsh trade positions and Walsh ultimately gets the takedown at 3:16. Walsh gets the half guard but loses control and King stands at 4:18. King is taken down with ease at 4:36. Walsh holds him there for another 10-9.
Round 3: Walsh hits another hard takedown after King lumbers around awkwardly for 14 seconds. Walsh lets King up immediately cracks him with a hard left and takes him right back down again. Walsh is punishing him with elbows from half guard, but King gets back up again at 1:30. Walsh gets a front headlock but just uses it to set up another easy takedown at 1:51. King tries and fails to sweep. King goes for an upkick that misses and gets up at 2:29. Walsh gets a backward throw and side control at 3:20. King manages to get back to half guard then push away with his feet to stand up at 3:52. Walsh gets another takedown at 4:02. There's just no way it can be a split decision this time. Walsh has clearly won every single around of this fight unless the judges are completely blind and totally clueless. Walsh lets King up with 13 seconds left and he's a bloody mess at the bell.
Final result: The judges score this contest 30-27 X3 all for Pat Walsh.