There is no UFC fight card going on this weekend, however, there is still some excellent MMA to be had. World Series Of Fighting is presenting a card on Sat April 2, 2016, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, worthy of keeping an eye on.

Two championship titles will be on the line with the middleweight title bout as the main event, and the welterweight title for co-main.

The main event is being headlined by no other than two former UFC veterans, two-divisional WSOF champion, David Branch (17-3) vs. Clifford Starks (13-2). Branch has gone undefeated in WSOF so far and is now riding a seven-fight win streak going into his bout with Starks, defending his middleweight title for the second time.

Starks has not lost a fight after being released from UFC back in May, 2013. He stepped into the Octagon twice, losing to Ed Herman (2012) and Yoel Romero (2013). Since then, Starks has gone back to his winning ways by winning five in a row (twice in Bellator MMA & three in WSOF) before getting this title shot against Branch.

The second title up for grabs at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino this Saturday is the vacant welterweight title left behind by (or more accurately, it was taken away from..) Rousimar Palhares after his conduct during his most recent bout against Jake Shields.

Jon Fitch will get his second opportunity at WSOF gold when he faces Joao Zeferino, Zaferino was in the WSOF 25, 8-man lightweight tournament where he fought three times during the same event, winning his first two bouts and then lost to Brian Foster by knockout in the finals. That same night, Zaferino had already defeated Foster by submission in the quarter-finals.

Other recognizable names on the card are Khabib Nurmagomedov´s younger cousin, now adoptive brother, 11-1 Abubakar Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov himself is riding, maybe not as impressive as Khabibs win streak, but a win-streak nonetheless of three since his only career loss came from now UFC signed Magomed Mustafaev.

TUF 8 and UFC known Vinny Magalhaes, who has found his winning ways since his most recent departure from UFC, and if a victory comes his way on Saturday, his record will show you that he hasn’t lost in any of his four bouts since his knockout loss to ‘The Hippo’ Anthony Perosh back in April, 2012 at UFC 163.

Two up and coming prospects will face each other in a lightweight contest, where one knockout artist, Steve Kozola (6-0), makes his WSOF debut against the three time WSOF veteran, Gil Guardado (5-1).

 

Full WSOF 30 lineup:

WSOF 30 Fight Card – Main Card (Live on NBC Sports Network 11 p.m. ET | 8 p.m PT)

 

  • David Branch (c) vs. Clifford Starks – for Middleweight title
  • Jon Fitch vs. Joao Zeferino – for the vacant Welterweight title
  • Jake Heun vs. Vinny Magalhaes
  • Abu Azaitar vs. Danny Davis Jr.

 

PRELIMINARY CARD (Streaming Live on WSOF.com 9 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. PT)

 

  • Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Matthew Frincu
  • Gil Guardado vs. Steve Kozola
  • Carlos Garcia vs. Jason Pacheco
  • Adam Acquaviva vs. Andres Ponce
  • Jeff Roman vs. Nick Salantri
  • Clinton Williams vs. TBA

 

 

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Christian Larusson
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Christian Larusson is a passionate Mixed Martial Arts fan. With experience in writing for Swedish MMA sites, he now solely writes in English through blogging, PunchDrunkSports and The MMA Corner. Got his heart broken early in his life when a friend, ‘Judas’, told him that WWE/WWF wasn’t real. Then one day, he saw MMA on a friend's computer, he was overwhelmed with emotions from what his eyes had just seen. He´s been in love ever since. Christian has been published in different Swedish papers and books, nothing to do with MMA though, so who gives a shh-.