The World Series of Fighting presents it’s 8th card this coming January 18th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The main event features undefeated (10-0) Justin Gaethje taking on Lewis Gonzalez (9-0) for the vacant WSOF Lightweight title.
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The match is an intriguing one, and certainly a better one than the original match that pitted Gaethje against veteran JZ Cavacante. Cavalcante is a recycled veteran who is 3-4-1 in his last 8 fights. the highlight of his career was a run as Hero’s champion over 7 years ago. one of his 4 recent losses was to Gaethje, at WSOF 2 where the doctor’s stopped the fight less than 3 minutes in.
Gonzalez, the new opponent, is at 9-0 in his career and is coming off a WSOF 4 victory over veteran Antonio McKee. Like Gaethje’s win, it came by official stoppage, as the match went to a technical decision early in round 3 due to an accidental illegal elbow.
Gaethje is not only 10-0, he is already 3-0 in the WSOF, and would appear to be the odds on favorite for the title. It would give WSOF a homegrown talent. Gaethje most recently beat Dan Lauzon, punching him out at the WSOF 6 event back in October.
Literally anything can happen in this fight. Both men are in their mid twenties, with roughly the same amount of MMa experience. Garthje perhaps has a bit more ring time, with a more extensive amateur background. By the way, most amateur MMA is fought similarly to pro MMA, with the largest difference being amateurs aren’t paid. Both guys have fought for free and seen it pay off with growing success as they grew.
Gaethje and Gonzalez are both good ground fighters who like to use their hands to end fights. This fight will probably come in right around a pick em fight.
Also on the card is the rescheduled Light heavyweight bout between Anthony Johnson and veteran Mike Kyle. Johnson will be favored in the fight, and if he can find a way to win and win big, he has a chance to be one of the company’s poster boys as the WSOF continues to try and develop a roster. Big fisted Mike Kyle is a dangerous opponent who could be a decent bet if he opens as a big enough underdog.