Phil Hawes Replaces Shamil Gamzatov, Meets Louis Taylor at WSOF 32 on July 30

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 29, 2016

Middleweight prospect Phil Hawes will make a fairly quick turnaround for his second World Series of Fighting appearance.

Promotion officials announced Wednesday that Hawes will replace Shamil Gamzatov and face Louis Taylor at WSOF 32 on July 30.

According to a release, Gamzatov withdrew from the 185-pound contest due to personal issues. WSOF President Ray Sefo stated that the organization hopes to have the Russian fighter “back in action soon.”

WSOF 32 takes place at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wash., and is headlined by a bantamweight title rematch between Marlon Moraes and Josh Hill. Another championship rematch will take place in the co-main event, as Alexandre Almeida defends the 145-pound strap against Lance Palmer. The main card airs on NBC Sports Network at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

Hawes made his promotional debut on June 17, earning a first-round technical knockout of Joshua Key at WSOF 31. The Jackson-Wink MMA product is 4-0 in his young professional career, with all of his triumphs coming inside of two rounds.

The 37-year-old Taylor enters the matchup on a five-fight first-round finishing streak. Most recently, the former Bellator MMA and Strikeforce competitor choked out Cory Devela 29 seconds into the opening frame at WSOF 29 on March 12.


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