Las Vegas-based MMA promotion World Series of Fighting is going global. The company announced in a press release on Thursday that the WSOF will be taking its talents across the Pacifc and into the land of the Red Dragon to host a massive event under the banner of World Series of Fighting: Global Championship.
Slated for Nov. 21 in Hainan, China, WSOF-GC will be held at the Haikou Arena. Anchoring the event will be “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 contestant Jeremy May squaring off against Russian knockout artist Evgeny Erokhin in a heavyweight championship encounter.
May has been a tear lately, having won six of his last seven matches with five of those victories coming via submission. “The Bamf” last fought on an M-1 Global card in July against Alexei Kudin, where he submitted his foe via ambar in the first round.
Erokhin has been equally as hot, winning six straight after dropping three in a row. During his current winning streak, Erokhin has knocked everybody out including Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans Jeff Monson, Mike Kyle and Tim Hague.
Also featured on the main card will be a pair of lightweight title qualifiers. UFC veteran Carlo Prater will lock horns with Dylan Fussell in the first bout while M-1 Global vet Khusein Khaliev will meet longtime Shooto, Deep and Pancrase combatant Yoshihiro Koyama in the other.
The two winners will meet on a future WSOF card to determine who will be the promotion’s 155-pund champion.
“This really is what it’s all about,” said Jason Lilly, Vice President of Operations and Matchmaker for WSOF-GC. “We have a classic matchup of two heavyweights that are competing at an incredibly high level, who between them have finished their last 10 fights. On top of that, we have a lightweight championship qualifier with four fighters representing four distinct geographical regions in the world. We don’t want to have a ‘regional’ world champion. We want a ‘global’ world champion, pitting the best athletes from around the world against each other.”
More details regarding as the U.S. telecast and a full undercard will be announced soon.