WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING to Debut on NBC 7/5
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World Series of Fighting makes its NBC debut this Saturday, July 5, at 4 p.m. ET highlighted by the lightweight title fight between defending champion Justin Gaethje (11-0-0) and fellow undefeated lightweight "Notorious" Nick Newell (11-0-0). Newell, who fights with one fully-developed arm due to a birth condition known as congenital amputation, has won 10 of his 11 of his MMA career bouts in the first round, while Gaethje has won nine of his 11 professional fights by knockout.
The co-main event features UFC veteran Jon Fitch (25-6) facing submission specialist Dennis Hallman (53-14-2, 41 win by submission) in the welterweight division. Saturday's card also features bouts between Cody Bollinger (15-2) and Pablo "The Hurricane" Alfonso (9-6) in the bantamweight division and Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (18-7) vs. knockout artist and UFC veteran Melvin Guillard (31-13-2, 20 wins by knockout) in the lightweight division.
Play-by-play announcer Kenny Rice is joined by mixed martial artists and analysts Bas Rutten and Joey Varner to call the action from the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.
NBC Sports Live Extra - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets - will stream Saturday's World Series of Fighting undercard bouts in addition to the bouts included in NBC's coverage. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play and on Windows 8 and Windows mobile devices.
World Series of Fighting is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an incredible, action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans by producing the best possible matchups between elite fighters from around the globe. For more information please visit WSOF.com. Follow World Series of Fighting on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.
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