MMA fans who need their fight fix on Friday night can look to World Series of Fighting 21 in Edmonton, Alberta. The main card features two title fights, with Lance Palmer taking on Chris Horodecki and heavyweight champion Smealinho Rama battling Blagoi Ivanov. Funny story about that Ivanov fight ... he literally didn't appear at the weigh-ins, but the fight is still on.
Another amazing story to emerge? The prelims were supposed to start with a fight between Matt Baker and Marcus Hicks, but Hicks pulled out due to weight cutting problems, and in his place is Thiago Goncalves, a man who is a friend of Baker's and was literally scheduled to be his cornerman vs. Hicks.
You'll be able to see that fight as well as other preliminary card and post-main card action right here on Bloody Elbow. The live stream of this event begins at 7:30 PM ET, with the televised broadcast beginning on NBC Sports Network at 9 PM ET. Upon the conclusion of the main card, "postliminary" bouts stream at 11 PM ET.
Here's the bout order:
Thiago Goncalves def. Matt Baker via submission (injury) at 5:00 for round 2
Justin Sander def. Dan Lariviere via submission (arm-triangle) at 2:52 of round 2.
Michael Hay def. Louie Grover via submission (armbar) at 2:17 of round 1
Liminary Card (NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET)
Lance Palmer def. Chris Horodecki via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:28 of round 1 to remain WSOF featherweight champion
Blagoi Ivanov def. Smealinho Rama via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:17 of round 3 to become new WSOF heavyweight champion
Michael Hill def. Mark Drummond via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Hakeem Dawodu def. Chuka Willis via TKO (strikes) at 2:55 of round 2
Postliminary Card (Online, 11 p.m. ET)
Mike Hill def. Mark Drummond via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Stephen Beaumont vs. Jose Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
Spencer Rohovie def. Tim Smith via submission (rear-naked choke) (R1, 3:09)
Garrett Nybakken def. Nick Hrabec via first-round TKO (2:36)
Roger Alves def. Danny Doig via submission (arm triangle) (R1, 2:49)