(Esther Lin/MMAFighting)WSOF 22: What to Watch For RJ Gardner July 27, 2015 Events, Previews, Spotlight, WSOF Under the direction of legendary kickboxer Ray “Sugarfoot” Sefo, the World Series of Fighting has become one of the top promotions in North American. While WSOF isn’t a real competitor to the UFC or even Bellator, they have a great stable of talent and their events are fun to watch. On Saturday, August 1, 2015, the WSOF will go head-to-head with UFC by featuring World Series of Fighting 22: Palhares vs. Shields on the same night as UFC 190. With two excellent title fights being offered up for free on NBCSN, the World Series of Fighting is putting their best foot forward to challenge the 800-pound gorilla. This could prove to be a real turning point for the organization if they are able to steal some market share on Saturday night. Elite Russian Prospects Saturday’s main card will kick off with two bouts each featuring a top Russian prospect. In the opening bout of the evening, Islam Mamedov will take the cage against Jimmy Spicuzza. At 11-1, with nine wins by finish – including first round submission victory in his WSOF debut – Mamedov is a lightweight to keep your eye on. Then in the second bout of the evening, fellow Russian Abubakar Nurmagomedov will head to the decagon to face undefeated Jorge Moreno. At 9-1, with all of his wins coming by stoppage, Nurmagomedov is the kind of go big or go home fighter fans love to cheer for. Good Old Fashioned Slugfest Originally, this bout was set to feature a light heavyweight contest between famed kickboxer Tyrone Spong and Mike Kyle but Spong was forced off of the card due to an injury and was replaced by Thiago Silva. Silva and Kyle are big hitters who love to get into gritty brawls. With 25 combined wins by knockout, someone is going to sleep in this one. Bantamweight Title Fight In the co-main event of the evening, WSOF bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes will take the cage looking to defend his title for the second time against undefeated challenger Sheymon Moraes. Even though he is undefeated as a pro, it feels like the younger Moraes, Sheymon, is being feed to the wolves. Marlon is one of the best bantamweights in the world today and Sheymon has yet to face anyone even close to his level. This one could get ugly fast. Welterweight Title Fight In the main event of the evening, WSOF welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares will look to defend his title against fellow grappler Jake Shields. If you are a fan of high level grappling, then you should be salivating for this matchup as Palhares and Shields are two of the best pure grapplers MMA has to offer. Both men are currently 2-0 in WSOF with two first round submission victories. Expect to see a superb grappling chess match between these two on Saturday night.