World Series of Fighting is heading to the The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the first time to bring fights fans everywhere WSOF 26. A world championship event featuring the long-awaited return of Tyrone Spong as well as a title defense by reigning featherweight champion Lance Palmer.

Spong (2-0 MMA, 2-0 boxing, 74-7-1, 1 NC, 46 KO’s kickboxing), a Blackzillian product, will square off against Jake Heun while Palmer (10-1), of Team Alpha Male, will put his belt on the line against the winner of the WSOF 24 matchup between Alexandre Almeida (16-5) and Saul Almeida (18-5).

“We are looking forward to making our debut at one of the finest venues in the fight capital of the world, and to another historic night of MMA action with the return of both Tyrone Spong, one of the sport’s hottest commodities, and Lance Palmer, a prolific world champion,” stated WSOF President Ray Sefo.

This bout will mark Spong’s first MMA bout since earning a decision over Angel DeAnda at WSOF 4 in 2013. Since then, the “King has been forced to watch on the sideline after suffering a grisly leg break in his kickboxing match against Gökhan Saki at GLORY: 15.

Heun (8-4) will be looking to pick up his second straight win under the WSOF banner after earning a third round submission win against David Clark at WSOF 22 in August.

Palmer will be looking to pick up his fourth straight win and second straight WSOF title defense. “The Party previously defeated Chris Horodecki with a vicious first round neck crank at WSOF 21 in June. This victory marked his sixth career stoppage win.

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