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WSOF 26 results recap: Video highlights, gifs and more for 'Palmer vs Almeida'

WSOF 26: "Palmer vs. Almeida" took place tonight (Fri., Dec. 18, 2015) at The Chelsea of The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event, Lance Palmer defended his Featherweight title against Alexandre de Almeida.

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The latest event for World Series of Fighting (WSOF) took place earlier tonight (Fri., Dec. 18, 2015) inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, airing live on NBC Sports Network with a world title defense in the Featherweight division.

'The Party' Lance Palmer was already seen as the favorite going into the main event, not only for his 10-1 record as a pro, but for being the only Featherweight champion in WSOF history to successfully defend his title. He'd have to prove it one more time against surging Alexandre de Almeida (17-5), winner of four straight fights.

If you score the fight by takedowns alone, Lance Palmer likely won the first round and clearly won the final round. If you score by effective striking, Almeida outpointed his opponent in the second and third round. The only debatable round was the fourth - Palmer controlled him for the final two minutes on top but hadn't been doing well before the takedown.

In the end the judges felt Almeida did indeed take three out of five rounds, making him your NEW World Series of Fighting Featherweight champion by scores of 48-47 across the board.

At least we got to see Palmer execute an excellent defense of a judo throw during the fight.

The co-main event featured two Lightweights, who in some respects lucked out by not having to enter the grueling WSOF 25 Lightweight tournament. Ozzy Dugulubgov (7-2) put his two fight win streak on the line against promotional newcomer Nic Herron-Webb (18-6) in a key bout for the division.

Dugulubgov fought effectively for 15 minutes, landing power shots and flashy kicks standing, then grinding away in the middle on takedowns and not allowing his arms and limbs to hang out there for Herron-Webb to finish with a submission. Mark Smith stood him up repeatedly but it didn't matter - Dugulubgov took the 30-27 unanimous decision.

Speaking of promotional debuts, former UFC Featherweight 'Problems' Robbie Peralta (18-6) put it all on the line against former Bantamweight title contender Sheymon Moraes (7-1), moving up in weight to take this fight.

After six straight decisions dating back to the preliminary bouts, this was the first fight that didn't go to the judges. Moraes and Peralta traded kicks for the first round, but when Moraes opened up with his hands in R2, he landed a devastating left hook that forced Kim Winslow to stop it at 3:21.

'The Gentleman' Josh Hill (12-1) was looking to earn his way back into Bantamweight title contention, but he'd need to knock off the undefeated Bekbulat Magomedov (16-0) to do so.

This fight was a sparring session for 14:30 until Hill, looking like a miniature Urijah Faber, got a takedown and searched for a rear naked choke. Skip this one if you're watching a replay. The judges scored it 29-28 Magomedov, 30-27 X2 Hill for a split decision favoring Mini-Faber.

'Honey Bear' Jake Heun and Clinton Williams opened the WSOF 26 card at Light Heavyweight. Heun was the aggressor throughout and the best thing Williams did the whole fight was pick Heun up and run across the cage with him for a body slam with 30 seconds left in R3. Remarkably one judge actually saw it 29-28 for Williams. The two with common sense scored Heun the winner 29-28 by split decision.

Complete WSOF 26 Results:

Lance Palmer {c} vs. Alexandre de Almeida -- Almeida UD 48-47 X3.
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Nic Herron-Webb -- Dugulubgov UD 30-27 X3.
Josh Hill vs. Bekbulat Magomedov -- Hill SD 28-29, 30-27, 30-27.
Robbie Peralta vs. Sheymon Moraes -- Moraes TKO 3:21 R2.
Jake Heun vs. Clinton Williams -- Heun SD 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Danny Davis Jr. -- Nurmagomedov 30-27 X2, 29-28.
Johnny Nunez vs. David Jordan -- Nunez UD 30-27 X2, 30-26.
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov -- DRAW - 29-28 Magomedov, 28-28 X2.
Gil Guardado vs. Giga Chikadze -- Guardado UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.

Check out our live streaming results RIGHT HERE to see who else made a name for themselves inside the cage at WSOF 26 in Las Vegas tonight.