The complete 12-bout lineup for the highly-anticipated World Series of Fighting 19 card has officially been finalized with the addition of seven new preliminary bouts, including two lightweight between Lucas Montoya (8-3) and Raymond Pina (4-1) as well as Benny “El Hijo” Madrid (7-2) and Jimmy Spicuzza (5-2).

Montoya, of Layton, Utah, carries a four-fight winning streak into the contest and is 7-1 in his past eight overall contests. The 28-year-old made his WSOF debut in August, scoring a first-round stoppage of Jimmy Spicuzza. He now meets Raymond Pina, of Tucson, Ariz., who looks to rebound from the lone professional loss of his career.

Madrid, of Phoenix, Ariz., opened his career with seven straight wins, including four wins by knockout and two by submission. He now looks to rebound from the first two losses of his professional run. He now meets Jimmy Spicuzza, of Las Vegas, a three-time WSOF veteran.

The remaining additions include a 180-pound catchweight matchup between Joe Gigliotti (3-0) and Brendan “Tiny Shorts” Tierney (11-6), a bantamweight (135 pounds) scrap between Randy Steinke (15-8) and Juan Archuleta (5-0), a middleweight (185 pounds) tilt between Dan Huber (3-2) and Israel Aquino (0-0), a welterweight (170 pounds) contest between Matthew Frincu (5-1) and Eric Regan (15-24) and a bantamweight collision between Joe Madrid (4-2) and Erik Villalobos (1-0).

Gigliotta, of Cleveland, Ohio, is an undefeated prospect, who has earned his first three wins by stoppage, including two submissions and one knockout. He now faces Brendan Tierney, of Tempe, Ariz., a Power MMA fighter who has yet to fight to a decision in 17 career outings.

Steinke, of Glendale, Ariz., is an MMA Lab fighter who makes his WSOF debut on the strength of a six-fight winning streak. He now faces undefeated prospect Juan Archuleta, of Venice Beach, Calif., who has earned three of his first five wins by knockout.

Huber, of Mesa, Ariz., makes his WSOF debut against Israel Aquino, of Reno, Nev., who fights for a professional for the first time.

Frincu, an Australian native now living in Arizona, brings a three-fight winning streak to the cage and has never fought to a judges’ decision in six professional contests. He faces Eric Regan, of Phoenix, Ariz., who makes his WSOF debut.

Joe Madrid, of Tucson, Ariz., fights for the first time under the WSOF banner against fellow promotional newcomer Erik Villalobos, of Glendale, Ariz.

WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino will be headlined by a world lightweight championship showdown between undefeated, reigning kingpin Justin Gaethje (13-0) of Safford, Ariz. and aggressive-minded, hard-hitting challenger Luis “Baboon” Palomino (23-9) of Miami, Fla.

In co-main event action, the WSOF multi-event, four-man light heavyweight (205 pounds) tournament will kick off with a rematch between former UFC veterans Thiago Silva (16-3) of Sao Paulo, Brazil and inspirational fighter Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (11-5) of Loveland, Ohio.

The evening’s four-fight main card airs live from the Comerica Theatre in Downtown Phoenix on March 28. The main card is scheduled to air on the NBC Sports Network, beginning at 9 p.m. ET, with preliminary bouts streaming live on NBCSports.com, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

The complete lineup card be found below:

MAIN CARD

  • (c) Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino – For WSOF lightweight title
  • Matt Hamill vs. Thiago Silva – light heavyweight tournament opening round
  • Jake Heun vs. Teddy Holder – light heavyweight tournament reserve bout
  • Timur Valiev vs. Ed West

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Krasimir Mladenov vs. Clifford Starks
  • Lucas Montoya vs. Raymond Pina
  • Benny Madrid vs. Jimmy Spicuzza
  • Joe Gigliotti vs. Brendan Tierney
  • Randy Steinke vs. Juan Archuleta
  • Dan Huber vs. Israel Aquino
  • Matthew Frincu vs. Eric Regan
  • Joe Madrid vs. Erik Villalobos

(c) – Champion

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