On Friday, November 20, World Series of Fighting touched down in Phoenix, AZ to bring fight fans their highly WOF 25, featuring a one-night, eight-man lightweight tournament live from the Comerica Theatre.

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

Additionally LaRue Burley and Ramil Mustapayev will compete in a reserve bout in case one of the contestant is deemed unfit to continue onto the next round.

UFC veterans Jason High and Estevan Payan will also compete on the card in a lightweight, non-tournament contest.

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Joao Zeferino vs. Jorge Patino – lightweight tournament semifinal

Round 1 – After the anarchy that unfolded backstage,  Zeferino and Patino kick of the semi-finals of this lightweight tournament with  quick touch of the gloves. Patino looked tentative early, protecting his his mangled face. After a quick exchange Zeferino immediately dropped down and went right for the leg lock, forcing Patino to tap. Joao Zeferino def. Jorge Patino by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 1:24 

Brian Foster vs. Luis Palomino – lightweight tournament semifinal

Round 1 – Foster opened up with a whirling spinning back kick that connected with nothing but air. Palomino responded by whiffing with a head kick of his own. After some tentative feeling out, Foster caught kick from Palomino and connected with crisp straight right against the fence. Palominio would eventually connect with a vicious overhand right that momentarily staggered his opponent. However, Foster quickly regained his senses and secured the takedown before securing full mount. Foster eventually secured crucifix and landed a series of short punches to close out the opening frame.

Round 2 – With one round under his belt, Foster turned thing on early, looking to land a series of kicks to the body before following up with a one-two to the head. Foster would eventually secure the takedown and immediately looked for the guillotine. Palomino would escape and land a thunderous haymaker before eating a straight right between the eyes from Foster, sending the crowd into a frenzy. With the crowd on his side, Foster once again brought the fight back down to the canvas where he would finish the fight with ground-and-pound. Brian Foster def. Luis Palomino by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:19 

Jason High vs. Estevan Payan

Round 1 – Payan came out swinging but could only connect with air until High clinched up into the cage and secured the takedown. After a series of short punches to his temple, Payan too a hard knee to the forehead before finally  working his way back to his feet. Payan would eventually break free from High’s clinch but never landed any significant offense as High finished the round peppering him with straight body kicks.

Round 2 – Sensing desperation Payan once again came out looking to brawl. But High kept his composure and unloaded a violent headkick to his opoponent’s skull, sending him crashing to the canvas. With his Payan reeling, High uncorked a fastball of a left hand to Payan’s face, turning the lights out and securing the knockout victory.  Jason High def. Estevan Payan by KO (headkick & strikes). Round 2, 0:47 FULL RESULTS

Joao Zeferino vs. Brian Foster – lightweight tournament finale

Round 1 – In a rematch from earlier the night, Zeferino and Foster touched gloves and immediately began to sling leather. Zeferino would eventually bring the fight to the canvas and quickly looked to work for the kimura. Foster would eventually make his way back to his feet but Zeferino clung onto his back, working for the rear naked choke. Foster escaped danger by shrugging his opponent off before diving into top control with some ground-and-and-pound. After some battling for position, the referee called a pause to the action due to Foster kicking his downed opponent in the head. As soon as the round picked back up Zeferino routinely attempted to bring the fight back down in hopes of securing a leg lock. With their previous encounter in mind, Foster defended each submission attempt to close out the round.

Round 2 – The second frame started out slow until Zeferino secured the takedown and jumped right into half guard. Foster would escape before jump right back into the guard of his opponent, much to the chagrin of his corner who were screaming at their fighter to let him back up. After find no success on the ground Foster stood back up, calling for Zeferino to stand with him. Zeferino seemed more than happy to oblige as he unloaded straight left, wobbling his opponent. Still woozy from the attack, Foster had nothing for Zeferino’s takedown. However, once he got his wits about him he scrambled back to his feet and followed up with a pin-point accurate straight right to his downed opponent. With his opponent reeling, Foster continued to plaster him with strikes until the ref called a stop to the action. Brian Foster def. Joao Zeferino by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:51 

MAIN CARD

Brian Foster def. Joao Zeferino by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:51  – lightweight tournament finale
Jason High def. Estevan Payan by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 0:47
Brian Foster def. Luis Palomino by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:19  – lightweight tournament semifinal
Joao Zeferino def. Jorge Patino by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 1:24  – lightweight tournament semifinal

PRELIMINARY CARD

Joseph Barajas def. Erik Villalobos by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 4:06
Roberto Yong def. Jimmy Scully by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:11
Luis Palomino def Richard Patishnock by KO (strikes). Round 1, 4:55  – lightweight tournament opening round
Joao Zeferino def. Brian Foster by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 1:46 – lightweight tournament opening round
Mike Ricci def. Joe Condon by KO (headkick). Round 1, 2:48 – lightweight tournament opening round
Islam Mamedov def. Jorge Patino by unanimous decision (20-18, 29-18, 20-18) – lightweight tournament opening round*
Ramil Mustapayev def.  LaRue Burley by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – lightweight tournament reserve bout

*Mamedov not medically cleared to continue, Patino named replacement in semi-finals 

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