On Saturday, Dec. 7, World Series of Fighting hosted its seventh event from the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

In the night’s main event, the promotion crowned its inaugural featherweight champion as Georgi Karakhanyan battled Lance Palmer. Karakhanyan, a Bellator and Dream veteran, stepped into the cage riding an eight-fight winning streak. The 28-year-old scored a first-round submission win over Waylon Lowe in his WSOF debut earlier this year. Meanwhile, the Team Alpha Male product, Palmer, made his promotional debut on the heels of a seven-fight undefeated run to kick off his career. The former Ohio State wrestler was last in action under the RFA banner, where he claimed its 145-pound title via unanimous decision.

Also on the night’s main card, former MFC middleweight champion Elvis Mutapcic clashed with The Ultimate Fighter alum Jesse Taylor in the promotion’s 185-pound tournament semifinal, undefeated lightweight Nick Newell took on Sabah Fadai, and UFC veteran Kalib Starnes faced off with Dwayne Lewis.

The four-fight main card kicked off at 9 p.m. ET live on the NBC Sports Network. The preliminary card streamed live on the promotion’s website.

Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Lance Palmer – for inaugural WSOF featherweight title

Georgi Karakhanyan became the first WSOF featherweight champion with a slick third-round guillotine choke victory over Lance Palmer.

Karakhanyan threw a head kick that went over Palmer’s head as the first major strike of this one. Palmer connected with a stiff inside leg kick and looked to follow it up with an overhand left. Palmer finally went for his first takedown attempt, but Karakhanyan defended easily. Karakhanyan threw a spinning wheel kick that just missed. The fight was halted for the doctor to come in after Karakhanyan was poked in the eye. Karakhanyan was visibly wincing and there was blood around the eye, but the doctor said that he was good to go. Karakhanyan went back to the kicks after the restart and threw another high kick that was partially blocked by Palmer. Karakhanyan just kept going with the unorthodox kicks. He just missed again on a spinning wheel kick and a jumping front kick. Palmer got through with an overhand right, but Karakhanyan fired back with a body kick at the end of the round.

Palmer got poked in the eye early in the second round. The doctor wasn’t brought in this time, but both fighters were warned about pawing. Palmer ducked under a punch and shot for a takedown. Karakhanyan had the whizzer and went for an armbar off of it. Palmer defended and ended up inside Karakhanyan’s guard. Karakhanyan stayed very active from the bottom, throwing punches and throwing up his legs for submissions. Karakhanyan went for a heel hook. He didn’t earn a submission, but used the attempt to get back to his feet. Palmer didn’t let the fight stay standing for long and scored on an explosive double-leg takedown. Palmer looked to work and pass the guard. He was only able to get to half guard and that was brief, as Karakhanyan got back to full guard to end the round.

Karakhanyan was the fighter walking forward at the beginning of the third. Palmer still came forward with brief spurts of power strikes and narrowly missed on a head kick attempt. Karakhanyan landed a nice straight right hand. He threw a leg kick right after that was caught by Palmer. Palmer looked to take the fight to the ground, but was unsuccessful. He did get the takedown on a well-timed attempt about a minute later and was able to take Karakhanyan’s back. Palmer immediately looked to sink in a rear-naked choke, but Karakhanyan defended well. Palmer looked to transition to the top, as it looked like he might attempt an arm triangle. Karakhanyan locked up a guillotine choke out of nowhere, and it was too deep for Palmer to survive.

Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor – middleweight tournament semifinal

Jesse Taylor dominated Elvis Mutapcic to earn a middleweight championship fight against Dave Branch.

Taylor threw a leg kick to kick this off and immediately shot for a takedown. He completed the takedown and got to full mount right away. Mutapcic tried to get back to his feet and gave up his back in the process. Mutapcic rolled back over and got Taylot back into his half guard. Taylor tried to soften up Mutapcic with some punches as Mutapcic was able to get back to full guard. The punches that Taylor was able to land opened up a cut on the forehead of Mutapcic. Taylor went for a guillotine choke as Mutapcic tried to scramble. The choke looked deep, but Taylor let it go and Mutapcic ended up on top. Mutapcic even took Taylor’s back, but Taylor rolled through and ended the round on top.

Taylor went right for the takedown again at the start of the second round. He got it and was in Mutapcic’s half guard. Taylor went for the guillotine choke again, this time from the mount position. Taylor had to let go once again and ended up in side control. Mutapcic was able to hip escape and get back to half guard once again. Taylor continued with the ground-and-pound and even briefly looked at a kimura attempt. Mutapcic tried to get back standing with a butterfly guard, but Taylor held him down with good top pressure. The ref wasn’t satisfied with Taylor’s ground work and stood the two fighters up. Mutapcic took Taylor down right away this time and looked for a choke. He couldn’t complete the submission attempt, and Taylor ended the round on top once again.

Taylor grazed Mutapcic with a head kick attempt at the start of the final round. Mutapcic was able to defend the first takedown attempt by Taylor, but he was eventually taken down. Taylor was once again in half guard and began to go right to the punches and elbows. Mutapcic got to his feet briefly, but was dragged back down pretty quickly. Mutapcic was able to get back on top after a submission scramble, but the success was brief, and Taylor resumed his top control. Taylor ended the fight on top, where he spent the majority of the 15 minutes.

Sabah Fadai vs. Nick Newell

Nick Newell scored his second first-round submission in as many fights for WSOF with a guillotine choke win over Sabah Fadai.

The fighters had a feeling-out process to begin this lightweight contest, with Fadai moving out of the way of a right hook from Newell. Newell got a hold of a single-leg takedown. He didn’t fully complete the takedown, but transitioned into a guillotine choke attempt. It was only a matter of time before Fadai had to tap out.

Dwayne Lewis vs. Kalib Starnes

Kalib Starnes opened up the main card by knocking out Dwayne Lewis with an elbow.

Starnes opened up throwing an inside leg kick. Starnes threw some more kicks as the fighters continued to feel each other out. Lewis opened up with a bit of a flurry, but nothing connected flush. Lewis briefly pressed Starnes up against the cage, but Starnes broke off. Starnes began to get more aggressive, continuing with leg kicks and a nice hook to the body. Starnes had Lewis on his heels up against the cage, but Lewis got Starnes to back off a bit by throwing a bomb of a left hand. Starnes continued to stalk Lewis as the round ended with Lewis missing on some winging hooks.

Starnes backed off Lewis with a punch at the beginning of the second round and followed it up with a push kick to the chest. Starnes pushed Lewis back against the cage with a left-hook, right-hook combination. Starnes threw two elbows, and the second one knocked Lewis out cold.

FULL RESULTS
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Lance Palmer by submission (guillotine choke). Round 3, 4:40 – for inaugural WSOF featherweight title
Jesse Taylor def. Elvis Mutapcic by unanimous decision (30-27×3) – middleweight tournament semifinal
Nick Newell def. Sabah Fadai by submission (standing guillotine). Round 1, 1:21
Kalib Starnes def. Dwayne Lewis by knockout (elbow). Round 2, 1:02
Gabriel Solorio def. Shawn Albrecht by unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Michael Hill def. Richard Arsenault by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). Round 2, 1:29
David Perron def. Matt Baker by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 1:46
Myles Merola def. Dan Ring by unanimous decision (29-27×3)
Brendan Kornberger def. Micha Brakefield by TKO (corner throws in towel due to punches). Round 2, 2:45

Photo: Karakhanyan (R) battles Palmer (Shane Derringer/WSOF)

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Trey Downey
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A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.