World Series of Fighting will kick off 2016 with with first trip ever to Memphis, TN as they bring fight fans WSOF 27 live from the FedExForum Jan. 23, live on NBCSN.

In the night’s main event, lightweight Mike Ricci will square off against Caros Fodor, while light heavyweights Teddy Holder and the undefeated Shamil Gamzatov do battle in the co-main event.

“We are excited to make our debut in Memphis thanks, in great part, to V3 Fights, which has a stellar reputation for putting together great events in that market and is helping us bring our brand of live, world-class MMA action to new fans,” said WSOF CEO Carlos Silva.

The 29-year-old Ricci (11-4), a TriStar product, will enter the WSOF decagon riding a three-fight win streak. In his most recent effort, “The Martian” scored a highlight reel head knockout over Joe Condon in the first round of their round of their WSOF 25 tournament quarterfinal matchup. Prior to this vin, the TUF 16 veteran earned a decision over fellow UFC castoff George Sotiropoulos in August.

Fodor (10-4), who will be making his promotional debut, is looking to notch his third consecutive win after a successful, four-fight run in Asia. The 31-year-old protégé of Matt Hume and brother of fellow WSOF competitor and costumed superhero Phoenix Jones exploded onto the national MMA scene in 2010 when he ran to five consecutive wins with the now defunct Strikeforce promotion.

Holder (9-2), a former high school football star turned MMA knockout artist, will be looking to right the ship after suffering a first round submission loss in his title fight against David Branch in September. Prior to this setback, Tennessee native scored a violent knockout win over former UFC standout Thiago Sivla at WSOF19. This performance came after Holder was bumped up from the event’s undercard to a co-main event matchup due to the withdrawal of Silva’s original opponent, Matt Hamill, from the matchup.

The unbeaten Gamzatov (9-0) of Makhachkala, Russia, will be making his debut in the U.S. after finishing all of his professional opponents to date in either the first or second round. The 25-year-old is the number two ranked light heavyweight in the Ukraine and the number 24 ranked light heavyweight in Russia.

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