Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for World Series of Fighting 24: Fitch vs. Okami results, play-by-play and free streaming video of the whole show.
Former staples in the UFC welterweight division Jon Fitch and Yushin Okami battle in the main event while heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov defends against athletic challenger Derrick Mehmen. Also on the main card: Matt Hamill vs. Vinny Magalhaes (light-heavyweight), Tom Marcellino vs. Nick Newell (lightweight) and, to crown the inaugural WSOF flyweight champion, Magomed Bibulatov vs. Donavon Frelow.
We'll have free embedded video of the preliminary (approx. 5:00 p.m. ET) and main card (8:30 p.m. ET) bouts, and live play-by-play will commence with the main card. The full lineup and schedule follows.
WSOF 24 Main Card
(streaming live on Bloody Elbow at 8:30 p.m. ET)
R1: Okami sticks Fitch with a jab. And another; Okami's reach advantage is pronounced. Fitch ducks the next salvo and can't complete the double but does put Okami on the fence. Okami circles off but Fitch follows suit and switches to a single. Okami stays up with an under-hook and circles off, landing a short knee to the body. Fitch answers with one of his own. A series of short knees to the inner thigh from Okami from the body lock.
They're separated at the two-minute mark. Okami ducks a Fitch right and initiates a clinch, landing a stiff knee to the ribs. Fitch circles off and lands a left to the body, then Okami circles off with a knee downstairs. Okami drops for a double leg, then switches to a single. 10-10.
R2: Fitch gets deep on a double leg and takes Okami down early. Okami gets back up with wrist control and separates. Okami glances with a diagonal uppercut and lands a knee to the body. Fitch shoots a double and gets it, then triangles Okami's legs together to prevent the cage walk. Fitch scrambles and works hard to keep Okami down.
Fitch cradles the leg to prevent Okami's escape and Okami goes for a counter single leg reversal, and gets it. Fitch leans over for a kimura and passes his leg over, possibly looking for an armbar. 10-9 Fitch.
R3: Okami slings a straight left but can't defend the Fitch takedown despite having anticipated it well. Butterfly guard for Okami, then an escape that was slightly assisted by a fence grab. Okami lands an odd left hand on his way into the clinch, where he's taken down by another Fitch double.
Half butterfly for Okami. Okami gets to his feet but Fitch slips behind him into the rear waist cinch. Okami spins to face Fitch and almost hits a counter takedown but instead drops back for a sacrifice guillotine. Fitch pulls his head out. Okami goes to half spider guard and creates space with a thrust but Fitch is right back on him. 10-9 Fitch. I have it 30-28 Fitch.
Jon Fitch defeats Yushin Okami by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Blagoy Ivanov vs. Derrick Mehmen
(WSOF Heavyweight championship)
R1: Ivanov assails Mehmen with an extended barrage of tight, straight punches with both hands. Mehmen backs up and covers but several punches get through. As soon as Mehmen seems to be recovered, Ivanov plugs him with another shot. Counter left lands for Ivanov, then a counter right. Now a hard, clean left bounces off the jaw of Mehmen, who clinches up to find respite from the nonstop punishment.
Ivanov circles off and they reset in the center. Ivanov continuously stepping away to drill Mehmen with counters off his back foot. Mehmen is bloodied from the methodical battering. Another counter right lands for the champ. Mehmen curiously raises both hands and taunts Ivanov but nothing of note occurs in the remainder. 10-8 Ivanov.
R2: Ivanov looks to continue to pepper Mehmen from range. Mehmen holds his ground and fires back though he's yet to land cleanly. Mehmen grazes with a right but can't clinch up. Stiff one-two lands for Ivanov. A glancing left for Ivanov. Check hook lands for Ivanov. Now a one-two for Ivanov followed by a straight left, and Mehmen's nose starts streaming blood again. Ivanov lands a short uppercut from the single collar tie. A snapping left from Ivanov rocks Mehmen, who backs up, covering and dazed, then goes down. Ivanov pounces and the ref jumps in.
- Blagoy Ivanov defeats Derrick Mehmen by TKO (punches) R2 4:33
Tom Marcellino vs. Nick Newell
R1: Marcellino opens with a front kick to the knee. Newell answers with an inside low kick. And another. Newell clinches up but Marcellino circles away. Lead right lands for Newell on his way into another clinch. Left forearm for Newell before he changes levels for a double leg, and he gets it. Marcellino sits up on the cage, then drops back for a guillotine even though Newell has passed to side control.
Newell peels his head out and throws two punches, then goes for a mounted guillotine with a grapevine. Newell switches to an armbar as Marcellino breaks his grip. Marcellino steps over and gets back to his feet though Newell is still clinging to a single leg. Hard elbows and punches to Newell's back and shoulders. 10-9 Newell.
R2: Newell closes the distance with inside low kicks before taking Marcellino down early, falling in side control. Newell buries his head in Marcellino's stomach and holds the double leg to steer him to the cage wall. Newell transitions to back control during Marcellino's escape and gets both hooks in.
Marcellino spins into Newell but stays with the half guillotine while Newell stays on the double leg. Elbows to the back from Marcellino as Newell clings to the double. They're stood up with 20 seconds left and the bell rings at the 10-second mark instead of the clapper. 10-9 Newell for the brief back mount but close to an even round in my eyes.
R3: Marcellino fends off the first takedown attempt from Newell, which is telegraphed badly. Marcellino glances with a right hand, then catches a Newell kick and takes him down. Newell turtles, takes a knee and stands up with Marcellino in the half back-ride. Knees to the ribs from Marcellino as Newell gets both feet on the ground. Wrap-around knee to the head lands for Marcellino.
Newell hits a counter double leg but takes a few elbows to the shoulders and head. Marcellino falls back for a guillotine and this one looks legit. After a struggle, Newell yanks his head out and, unsurprisingly, clings desperately to a double with Marcellino sitting up on the fence. They're split up with a minute left. Marcellino anticipates Newell's counter takedown and takes him down instead. Closed guard for Newell. Marcellino postures up with a pair of hammer-fists as an up-kick grazes for Newell. 10-9 Marcellino. I have it 29-28 Newell.
- Nick Newell defeats Tom Marcellino by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
R1: Magalhaes jabs and hooks his way into the clinch but Hamill circles away. Outside low kick lands for Hamill, who catches Magalhaes' right body kick but can't convert the takedown. Hamill bobs under and lands a heavy left hook to the gut, then times an uppercut that lands to the head. Magalhaes tries to clinch and loses his balance, then fluidly rolls into an armbar, then transitions to the kneebar. He gets deep on the leg lock and Hamill is forced to tap.
- Vinny Magalhaes defeats Matt Hamill by submission (kneebar) R1 1:08
R1: Frelow lands a left switch kick to the body. Bibulatov rushes and puts Frelow on the cage but can't keep him there. Spinning back fist to left high kick from Bibulatov but Frelow blocks the barrage effectively. Frelow bull-rushes him with both hands whirring and gets put on his back with a slick counter throw. Frelow pops back up and blocks another spinning back fist from Bibulatov.
Frelow tries to counter another spinning back fist but gets taken down by Bibulatov. Frelow again works back to his feet quickly and lands an inside low kick after the clinch break. Hard outside low kick are exchanged by both fighters. Frelow fakes high but can't finish the takedown. Lead leg side kick glances to the body for Frelow. Bibulatov grazes with a spinning back fist. 10-10.
R2: Frelow glances with an outside low kick, then sidesteps a three-strike combo from Bibulatov. Bibulatov hits a takedown but Frelow is immediately back on his feet. Bibulatov keeps him on the fence with an under-hook and lands a hard left. Bibulatov gets the body lock and lands a knee downstairs. Short forearm to the face lands for Bibulatov, then a left hook kick on the clinch break.
Bibulatov stays busy with well-varied combos, forcing Frelow to focus on defense. Frelow lands a check hook but he's been a tad late on most of his counters. Hard inside low kick from Frelow. Frelow tags Bibulatov with a clean right after evading a combo. Glancing right cross lands for Bibulatov. 10-9 Bibulatov.
R3: Bibulatov lands a spinning kick to the body, then sidesteps an off-balance flurry from Frelow. Bibulatov leads with a left hook kick and it thuds off Frelow's guard. Bibulatov changes levels and takes Frelow down, this time keeping him down momentarily. Frelow takes a knee but Bibulatov hoists him up and plants him back down. Frelow works back to his feet and hits a nice reversal, choosing to back off and reset rather than pounce on Bibulatov.
Lead uppercut and left high kick from Bibulatov though Frelow seems to deflect the blows. Nice counter right lands for Frelow, as does a blistering three-punch combos a few exchanges later. Hard inside low kick lands for Frelow. Bibulatov changes levels an lands a power double leg just before the bell sounds. 10-9 Frelow.
R4: Frelow comes out swinging, glancing with with a wide one-two. Bibulatov can't finish the whizzer throw and Frelow slashes him with an uppercut elbow. Frelow follows behind a jump knee to clinch but Bibulatov circles off the fence and dumps Frelow with a takedown. Frelow pops right back up but eats a horizontal elbow for his efforts. Bibulatov keeps him on the fence, looking for a double leg.
Frelow switches from the front headlock to a guillotine and Bibulatov breaks the clinch. Frelow chases him down but hits floor via another clinch takedown from Bibulatov. This time Bibulatov is able to keep Frelow's back on the mat -- Frelow attempts a guillotine but pulls off another slick escape instead despite Bibulatov's quarter nelson. 10-10.
R5: Frelow rushes Bibulatov but gets taken down with a duck-under double. Bibulatov bases down in half guard to keep Frelow in place, then smoothly transitions to back control in pursuit of an armbar; he's too high and Frelow slips out the back door to take top position. Bibulatov angles for an armbar but Frelow defends. Right hand lands for Frelow.
They're stood up at the three-minute mark. Looping right hook glances to the body for Bibulatov, who then has a cartwheel kick blocked. Spinning kick to the body lands for Bibulatov, then he glances with the same kick up high. Another spin kick to the body for Bibulatov, who follows behind it to hit a double leg. Frelow turtles and gets to his feet but is greeted with a knee downstairs and a few rights to the head. 10-9 Bibulatov. I have it 49-48 Bibulatov.
Preliminary Card Results
Rick Glenn defeats Adam Ward
Alexandre Almeida defeats Saul Almeida by
Colton Smith defeats Washington Nunes da Silva by unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
Rex Harris defeats Justin Torrey by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)