World Series of Fighting lightweight champion Justin Gaethje will know who his next title defense will come against once this eight-man, one-night tournament is complete on November 20th in Phoenix, Arizona. Several former UFC fighters like Mike Ricci and Brian Foster feature in this tournament, as well as WSOF mainstays such as Luis Palomino (who is 0-2 vs. Gaethje) and Rich Patishnock.
With the tournament brackets set, the rules are now in place for next month's card. Here are the basic details per Thursday's press release:
- No elbows allowed, ground or standing, until the tournament finals.
- The quarter- and semifinals will consist of two five-minute rounds (ignore what their own poster says in the image at the top of the page).
- If the three judges scoring the bouts have it as a draw, a fourth judge will be used to serve as the tiebreaker, but don't ask me what happens if the 4th judge has it as a draw as well.
Should any of the tournament's quarterfinal stage fight winners be unable to re-enter the cage for his semifinal stage commitment due to an injury sustained en route to victory, the loser of the bout will advance to the following tournament round in place of the hurt fighter.
If neither the winner nor loser are healthy enough to re-enter the cage, however, one of the reserve fight winners will serve as a replacement in the tournament field.
The tournament final will serve as the main event, while the non-tournament co-main is between Jason High and Estevan Payan. Here's the full tournament bracket:
Ricci/Cobb winner vs. Palomino/Patishnock winner
Foster/Zeferino winner vs. Patino/Mamedov winner
TBA vs. TBA
The card will broadcast live on NBC SN at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT.