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WSOF 24 results: Fitch grinds out decision win against Okami

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Check out all the action from World Series of Fighting 24 event which saw multiple finishes and a pair of fights featuring former UFC fighters.

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The World Series of Fighting held its 24th event Saturday night with a mix of quick finishes and grinding decision wins. A pair of fights featuring former UFC fighters took place, as well as championship fights in the largest and smallest weight class. Also featured on the card was Nick Newell, who made his retirement announcement post fight.

Highlights via Zombie Prophet

Jon Fitch def. Yushin Okami by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27)

In a fight of two grinding grapplers, Fitch (27-7-1) came out on top, getting the unanimous decision win over Okami (30-10). The first round was very close as both fighters clinched, landing short shots that did little damage. Fitch squeaked out the final two rounds, getting the better of Okami in the grappling exchanges with not a whole lot of damage being done and no close submission attempts. The win puts Fitch back in the win column after losing his last fight to Rousimar Palhares. Okami has now dropped two straight fights in WSOF.

(c) Blagoy Ivanov def. Derrick Mehmen by TKO (punches) R2 4:33 (Heavyweight Championship)

Ivanov (13-1) defended his WSOF Heavyweight Championship by finishing Mehmen (19-7) in the second round. It is Ivanov's first title defense after winning the championship from Smealinho Rama at WSOF 21 in June. Ivanov dominate the first round of the fight, almost getting the finish early in the first round after a barrage of punches had Mehmen bloodied up. The punishment continued in the 2nd round as Ivanov continued to tee off on Mehmen. Late in the 2nd round, Mehmen finally fell to the canvas, with the ref stepping in to stop the fight.

Nick Newell def. Tom Marcellino by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

In a close fight, Newell (13-1) ended up on the positive side of the judges decision. Newell's game plan was to take the fight to the mat, and he was able to do so in the first and second round to get win the rounds in the judges eyes. After the fight, Newell, who has inspired many for fighting with only one hand, announced his retirement. The 29 year old ended his WSOF career with a 4-1 record, with his only career loss coming to the WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje.

Vinny Magalhaes def. Matt Hamill by submission (kneebar) R1 1:08

Hamill (12-6) did return from retirement as planned as Magalhaes made quick work of the TUF 3 alumni. Magalhaes made a slick transition from an armbar to a kneebar, forcing Hamill to tap out. This marks Magalhaes' third straight victory after being released by the UFC. Magalhaes is also the first person to submit Hamill in his professional MMA career.

(c) Magomed Bibulatov def. Donavon Frelow by unanimous decision (50-45) (Flyweight Championship)

In a fast paced WSOF Featherweight Championship fight, Bibulatov (10-0) took control to hand Frelow (5-1) his first professional MMA loss. The undefeated Russian used unorthodox strikes mixed in with strong takedowns to take every round on all three judges scorecards.

Preliminary Card Results

Rick Glenn defeats Adam Ward by KO (punches) R1 1:27

Alexandre Almeida defeats Saul Almeida by submission (rear-naked choke) R1 1:23

Colton Smith defeats Washington Nunes da Silva by unanimous decision (30-26 x3)

Patrick Walsh defeats Tyler King by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Rex Harris defeats Justin Torrey by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)

Bruce Boyington defeats Rodrigo Almeida by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)