WSOF Announces Rules for Eight-Man Lightweight Tournament on Nov. 20

By Mike Sloan Oct 29, 2015
The World Series of Fighting announced Thursday the official rules of its eight-man one-night tournament, which will anchor WSOF 25 on Nov. 20. The event will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT from inside Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.

The rules are designed to maximize the performance of the combatants to, “ensure that a decisive winner emerges in each bout,” according to the press release from the Las Vegas-based promotion.

“We are looking forward to a competitive night of tournament action after months of evaluating how we could make this the most exciting event possible,” say WSOF President Ray Sefo, who himself is a veteran of over 50 same-day tournaments. “At the same time, ensure the safety of our athletes and give each of them the best opportunity to prevail in the cage.”

The rules of the WSOF 25: Eight-Man Tournament are as follows:

-No Draws
-No Elbows (standing or on the ground)*
-Three Judges Score the Bouts
-A fourth judge will be used in the event of a draw
-Two five-minute rounds for quarterfinal and semifinal matches
-Three five-minute rounds in finals
*Elbows are allowed in the championship match of the tournament

One side of the 155-pound bracket will feature a match between Luis Palomino and Rich Patishnock as well as a bout pitting Joao Zeferino against Brian Foster. On the opposite side, Brian Cobb will take on Mike Ricci while Islam Mamedov will lock horns with Jorge Patino.

The two reserve bouts for the lightweight bracket will be LaRue Burley against Joe Condon and Benny Madrid taking on Ramil Mustapaev. According to a statement from the WSOF, should any of tournament’s quarterfinal stage fight winners wind up being deemed unfit to continue due to an injury, the loser of the fight will advance to the next round. However, if neither combatant is healthy enough to advance, then one of the reserve bout winners will fill in for the injured fighter.

WSOF 25 also features a lightweight showdown between UFC and Dream veteran Jason High and ex-UFC and Bellator talent Estevan Payan.


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