On Wednesday morning, World Series of Fighting announced their intention of returning to the Comerica Theatre in Downton Phoenix to bring fight fans WSOF 25, which will feature a historic, one-night, eight-man tournament. The winner of the tournament will be named the next number one contender of the division’s lightweight division.

The partipants include former WSOF title contender Luis Palomino, UFC veterans Brian Foster, Joao Zeferino, Mike Ricci, Russian import Islam Mamedov and WOSF veterans Brian Cobb & Rich Patishnock.

Quarterfinal stage matchups for the tournament will be announced soon.

“We are excited to roll out our first-ever, one-night tournament filled with some of MMA’s top lightweight fighters, and to distinguish a new number one contender in this weight class that has been growing aggressively and is packed with world-class talent,” stated WSOF President Ray Sefo.

Palomino (23-11) is coming off an unforgettable, second, all-out slugfest with reigning, undefeated World Series of Fighting lightweight champion Justin Gaethje in the main event of WSOF 23 last month in Phoenix. The 34-year-old Palomino, who holds notable wins over the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Gesias Cavalcante and Patino.

Another proven entity who has fought remarkable wars in the cage, Foster (23-7) is coming off a spectacular performance at WSOF 23 where the 31-year-old scored a thunderous, first round knockout over the previously unbeaten LaRue Burley.

Ricci (10-4), a Tristar product ,most recently signed on to the WSOF roster. The 29-year-old was last seen earning a decision over fellow UFC veteran George Sotiropoulos at Titan FC 29.

Mamedov (12-1) is unbeaten in his last 10 starts, a streak that dates back to Aug. 1, 2010. To date, Mamedov has made two appearances in the WSOF cage, scoring first round TKO’s over Leon Davis and Jimmy Spicuzza at WSOF 20 and WSOF 22.

Cobb (20-8) has walked away with submission finishes in 12 of his 20 career wins since his professional debut in 2004. He holds notable victories over fellow standouts Rad Martinez, Drew Fickett, Kazunori Yokota and Ronys Torres.

Patino (38-15-2, 1 NC) boasts the most one-night tournament competition experience of the six competitors. Of the seven previous one-night tournaments he saw action in, the 42-year-old emerged the winner in five of them.

Zeferino (18-6), who has won 13 of his 18 career conquests by way of submission, will be making his WSOF debut while he attempts to extend his five-fight win streak.

Patishnock (6-2) holds victories over Igor Gracie and Gregor Gracie, both members of MMA’s legendary first family.

World Series of Fighting will announce additional details concerning the format and rules of the tournament, soon.

Tckets for “WSOF 25: Eight-Man Lightweight Tournament” go on sale on Friday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. PT.

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