On Saturday, Jan. 18, World Series of Fighting hosted its eighth event from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s inaugural lightweight title was on the line as the undefeated Justin Gaethje clashed with Rich Patishnock. Gaethje earned his place in the title tilt with three straight wins in the WSOF cage over Gesias Cavalcante, Brian Cobb and Dan Lauzon. For Patishnock, wins over Igor and Gregor Gracie helped him punch his ticket to the championship contest.

The night’s co-main event featured a pair of big show veterans as hard-hitting light heavyweights Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Mike Kyle locked horns. Johnson looked to extend his winning streak to six fights since his UFC release in early 2012. Kyle hoped to get back in the win column after dropping his promotional debut against Andrei Arlovski in September.

A second title was up for grabs at the event as the promotion hosted its first women’s bout between consensus No. 1-ranked strawweight Jessica Aguilar and Alida Gray. The Bellator veteran Aguilar carried a seven-fight winning streak into the title clash, while Gray put her unblemished record on the line.

In all, the event featured 10 fights. The five-fight main card aired live on the NBC Sports Network beginning at 9 p.m. ET, while the five preliminary card bouts streamed live on the promotion’s website.

Gaethje destroys Patishnock, claims lightweight title

Justin Gaethje quickly brutalized Rich Patishnock to win the WSOF lightweight championship.

Gaethje came out guns blazing with a flying knee to start the main event. Patishnock ate it to the body and the two started slugging it out. Gaethje rocked Patishnock bad, but he survived. It was brief however. Gaethje kept the pressure on with punches and knees until the ref had seen enough.

Johnson crushes Kyle

Anthony Johnson won the last fight of his WSOF contract by knocking Mike Kyle out cold.

Johnson threw a headkick early that Kyle blocked. Kyle landed a good punch that backed off “Rumble” a bit. After a brief clinch the two heavy-handed light heavyweights started trading leather. Johnson landed a right hand to Kyle’s ear and knocked him out cold for the win.

Aguilar submits Gray to claim strawweight belt

Jessica Aguilar scored an impressive and quick submission victory over Alida Gray to become the first WSOF women’s strawweight champion.

Aguilar came out stalking Gray and was met with a few leg kicks. Aguilar quickly grabbed hold of her opponent and was able to score a brief takedown. Gray got back to the feet, but Aguilar stuck to her like glue and drug her right back down to the mat. Aguilar looked to pass the guard by softening Gray up with elbows. The technique worked. She passed the guard and locked up an arm-triangle choke for the victory.

Bollinger edges Nam by decision

Cody Bollinger won his WSOF debut with a close decision victory over Tyson Nam.

Tyson Nam and Cody Bollinger proved to be a technical stand-up battle. They went back and forth in the first round, but the nod in that one likely went to Nam as he scored a knockdown late in the round. The second round was much of the same with the two batntamweights trading shots on the feet. Bollinger came out in the final round winging a wild right hand. He didn’t really land any cleanly and Nam was able to counter with a few short lefts. Bollinger threw more kicks as the final round went on and connected with a few sidekicks to the body. Bollinger threw two wild headkicks in the final ten seconds to try and woo the judges, but the final bell sounded without Nam suffering too much damage.

Palomino stops Patino

Luis Palomino fired up the hometown South Florida crowd with a second-round stoppage of Jorge Patino.

Palomino came out early and looked like the more comfortable man on his feet. He landed some stiff leg kicks early on before being taken down by Patino. Patino didn’t do much so the referee brought the two fighters back to their feet. Palomino continued to be the more comfortable stand-up fighter. He unloaded on Patino late in the round, but Patino  grabbed hold of him to survive the round. Palomino continued his striking success in the second. He rocked Patino early on and focused on the overhand right hand. Palomino rocked him with that punch and finished Patino on the ground.

Justin Gaethje def. Rich Patishnock by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:09 – for inaugural lightweight title
Anthony Johnson def.  Mike Kyle by knockout (punch). Round 1, 2:03
Jessica Aguilar def. Alida Gray by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 1, 2:45 – for inaugural women’s strawweight title
Cody Bollinger def. Tyson Nam by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Luis Palomino def. Jorge Patino by TKO (punches). Round 2, 4:20
Tyler Stinson def. Valdir Araujo by knockout (punch). Round 3, 2:23
Derrick Mehmen def. Scott Barrett by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Alexis Vila def. Sidemar Honorio by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Freddy Assuncao def. Brensen Hansen by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Anderson Melo def. Jose Caceres by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 1:10

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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.