World Series of Fighting  is set to roll out two more mega-fight cards with WSOF 20 and WSOF 21. The promotion’s president Ray Sefo announced tonight on the live NBCSN telecast of WSOF 18.

Headlined by a light heavyweight tournament showdown between inspirational competitor Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (11-5) and submission expert Vinny “Pezao” Magalhaes (12-7, 1 NC). The card is expected to take place at the  Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. on Friday, April 10,

Deaf since birth, the 38-year-old Hamill, the subject of a 2010 biographical film The Hammer, has overcome all types of odds during his life, winning three NCAA national wrestling championships and, later, conquering a host of rival MMA stars, including UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz as well as MMA standouts Tim Boetsch, Keith Jardine and Mark Munoz.

Magalhaes, a multi-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion., is looking to notch his third consecutive victory after scoring a first round submission over Jorge Gonzales in July and a fourth round submission over Jason Brilz in September.

The matchup between Hamill and Magalhaes represents the second bout in the initial stage of the recently announced WSOF multi-event tournament that will crown its winner the promotion’s first-ever world light heavyweight champion.

The winner of the Hamill-Magalhaes bout will square off with the winner of the other first stage matchup between Thiago Silva (16-3, 2 NC) and Ronny Markes (15-3) that headlines WSOF 19 at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. on Saturday, March 28, live on NBCSN.

In the night’s co-main event, lightweights Melvin “The Young” Assassin Guillard (32-14-2, 2 NC) will collide with fellow hard-hitting, KO artist Ozzy Dugulubgov (6-2).

Guillard, another former UFC veteran, is aiming to rebound from a hard-fought, split decision loss to undefeated Justin Gaethje at WSOF 15 on Nov. 15, 2014. Prior to that, Guillard came out on top over Gesias “J.Z.” Cavalcante after walking away with a second round TK  at WSOF 11 in July.

The 26-year-old Dugulubgov  cored a thunderous, third round knockout over Keon Caldwell at WSOF 13 in September

The live NBCSN telecast of WSOF 20 begins at 9:00 p.m. EST/6:00 p.m. PST on Friday, April 10. Additional bouts for WSOF 20 will be announced soon.

The other announced card, WSOF 21, will be highlighted by a welterweight (170 pounds) tilt between Yushin “Thunder” Okami (30-9) and Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (22-5). The entire card is expected to take place at the Edmonton Expo Centre on Friday, June 5.

Both Okami and Ford will be looking to return to the win column after suffering defeats at the hands of world champion David Branch and submission ace Jake Shields, respectively.

Okami, a former UFC title contender, has earned 50 percent of his victories by way of (T)KO or submission. He boasts victories over a host of fellow marquee competitors, including former Bellator MMA hampion Hector Lombard and fellow UFC veterans Nate Marquardt, Mark Munoz and Alan Belcher.

At 32 years old, Ford brings nearly 8 years of professional experience to the cage, including stoppages of Karo Parisyan and Pete Spratt. Ford recently ran to six consecutive wins, five by way of (T)KO or submission, before being submitted by Shields with a rear-naked choke in the first round of their meeting.

The night’s co-main event will feature reigning world heavyweight champion Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-1) defending his crown against Sambo wrecking machine and Judo black belt Blagoy Ivanov (11-1).

At 22 years of age, Rama became the youngest fighter in history to win a major world MMA championship after he decimated Derrick Mehman by way of first round TKO at WSOF 14 in October. He will put his title on the line for the first time and seek his fourth consecutive win. To date, he has claimed all but one of his victories by way of (T)KO or submission.

Ivanov is a 28-year-old native of Sofia, Bulgaria and a 2008 World Sambo Championships gold medalist. En route to his first place finish, Ivanov defeated retired, former pound-for-pound MMA king Fedor Emelianenko in the semifinal stage of the tournament.

The live NBCSN telecast of WSOF 21 begins at 9:00 p.m. EST/6:00 p.m. PST on Friday, June 5.

Doors at the Edmonton Expo Centre open at 3:00 p.m. MST, and the first preliminary bout begins at 4 p.m.

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