Ali Abdel Aziz, Ray Sefo, and the rest of the team over at World Series of Fighting are doing everything they can to create captivating match ups that will sustain and grow their organization. WSOF 19 isn’t their best event, but it’s far from their worst. There are story lines that will draw debate, and a main event that will test a champion that they, more or less, developed from within.

World Series of Fighting 19 takes place March 28, 2015 from Comerica Theater in Phoenix. The main event will air live and free on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. ET.

Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino

The Main event is a match up between Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino. While Gaethje is undefeated in his thirteen fight professional career, he still has a lot to prove about the level of fighter that he is, and can be. His most recent wins were over Nick Newell and Melvin Guillard. He has some other big wins such as Dan Lauzon and Gesias Cavalcante. Luis Palomino doesn’t have the best record in MMA by any means, but as of late he has been showing some serious knock out power. In three of his last four fights he has won by knock out. It’s possible that he goes in there and dispatches Gaethje quickly, but that seems to be his only path to victory. Considering that Gaethje is coming off of a decision loss I estimate that he will be looking to ensure that this fight doesn’t go to the judges.

Prediction: Justin Gaethje by Second Round Knock Out

Thiago Silva vs. Matt Hamill

Holding down the co-main event slot for WSOF is a fight between to former UFC fighter’s that no longer fight under that banner for very different reasons. While Hamill is coming out of a self imposed retirement, Silva has had legal troubles that have kept him out of the cage for the better part of the last two years. Interestingly, they actually fought each other in their last fight in the UFC. In that bout Silva ended up taking a Unanimous Decision. I don’t see why it would be any different this time around either. Silva is still a member of the Blackzillians and he seemed to have the tools to shut down Hamill in every round of their first fight.

Prediction: Thiago Silva by Decision

Jake Huen vs. Teddy Holder

This is a difficult fight to call. Both men have less than ten professional mixed martial arts careers and limited tape to watch. I’m sure that poses a problem for them in preparing for each other as well. Teddy Holder has fought exclusively on the regional scene, while Jake Huen has done the same, barring one prior fight in the WSOF. The experience gap, isn’t really there. Holder has the more impressive record. He only has one loss and it was early on in his career. He has finished every one else within the first round of each fight. The finishes that he has gotten have primarily been knock outs, but he has a couple submissions as well. Huen has heavy hands as well, but on paper it doesn’t appear that he is as dangerous. He has four knockouts in his seven victories. Every loss that Huen has suffered was handed to him by submission. Currently Huen is riding a two fight winning streak.

Prediction: Teddy Holder by Knock Out

Ed West vs. Timur Valiev

This is a strange match up, but somewhat intriguing. You have Ed West who has lost four out of his last five fights against a guy that has only lost once in his professional career, Timur Valiev. It’s a test for both men. Ed West has the experience on his side with a total of twenty-seven fights and experience in larger organizations such as Bellator MMA and the now defunct IFL. He didn’t find success in those organizations though, and this fight will really make it clear whether or not he should be fighting on this level or fighting at all. Tiimur Valiev on the other hand only lost his first professional fight, and has since won eight in a row. He has the makings of an elite fighter and is a member of the feared Dagestani imports that have been making waves in every major promotion in recent years. For him if he loses this fight its going to reduce his stock quite a bit.

Prediction: Timur Valiev by Decision

 

About The Author

Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.