The World Series of Fighting is in Hollywood, Florida for their 8th event. The card features two title fights in the Lightweight and Women’s Strawweight divisions. Before the main card kicks off on the NBC Sports Network, the World Series of Fighting has a stacked undercard full of exciting prospects and matchups.
The prelims feature a main event between Grudge training product, Tyler Stinson, and Valdir Araujo. Stinson (25-9) and is currently on a three fight winning streak all by TKO/KO. Araujo (14-4) is on a three fight winning streak of his own with two submissions and one KO.
Heavyweights Derrick Mehmen and Scott Barrett are also featured on the preliminary card. Mehmen (16-5) is on a four fight winning streak, including a knockout of the year candidate over Rolles Gracie in his last bout. Mehmen turned Gracie around with a violent overhand right, knocking him out cold. Barrett (13-3) is on a two fight win streak and is looking to make a statement against Mehmen tonight.
Here are the results of the WSOF 8 undercard:
Valdir Araujo vs. Tyler Stinson
The fight began with Tyler denying the glove touch from Araujo. Both men were mixing up their strikes with kicks and punches. Nothing really landed of worth in the round besides a Araujo head kick. Second round began with Araujo getting a quick takedown, but Stinson got right back to his feet. Araujo was relentless and got Stinson on his back again, but could not hold him down. As they met in the center, Tyler began to pick his shots. Araujo was holding his own with leg kicks. Stinson cracked Araujo with a powerful combination followed by a head kick. Third round began with more power shots from Stinson. Stinson cracked Araujo with a 1-2 that had Araujo in all sorts of trouble. Araujo crumbled and Stinson began raining down ground and pound. Stinson allowed Araujo backed to his feet and dropped him again with a straight left that forced the ref to step in. Great performance from Tyler Stinson.
Official Decision: Tyler Stinson defeats Valdir Araujo by KO Round 3 (2:23)
Derrick Mehmen vs. Scott Barrett
Mehmen immediately began establishing his jab in the beginning of the fight. Mehmen tagged Barrett over an over with an unrelenting barrage of punches. Barrett was badly hurt, but survived. Mehmen continued to land at will as Barrett stood in front of him taking punishment. Mehmen was utilizing a powerful 1-2 and uppercut throughout Round 1. Barrett was not doing much in way of offense. Mehmen hurt him to the body and the round ends. The second round started off with Scott attacking and landing a nice body kick. This round was a lot more competitive than the first, but Mehmen continued to batter Scott. Both men were willing to exchange on the feet and take punishment. Barrett began finding his range towards the end of the round, nailing Mehmen with a nice combination. Body shots to start the third round from Mehmen. Lots of clinching and knees from both men. Big uppercuts in the clinch from Barrett. Both guys are standing in front of each other landing bombs. The fight ends with an incredible exchange from both men. Great fight.
Official Decision: Derrick Mehmen defeats Scott Barrett by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Alexis Vila vs. Sidemar Honorio
Not much in the early going. Vila stalking Honorio and throwing winging haymakers. Big slam takedown from Vila, but Honorio gets back to his feet. Honorio lands a solid head kick on Vila. Another takedown from Vila, but Honorio to his feet once again. Flying knee from Vila right before the round ends. Second round began with a strong front kick from Honorio. Both men exchanged with a few strikes. Vila landed a big slam, but Honorio fight back to his feet again. This is a close fight with Vila stalking, and Honorio counter striking. The third round started with more big winging strikes from Vila before he go the takedown. Heavy ground and pound from Vila, but Honorio threatened an armbar. Vila got back to his feet and cracked Honorio with a hard punch. After some more exchanges, Vila got another takedown, but could not really do much on top. With a minute left Vila stood up, but took down Honorio immediately. Once again, Vila stood up after landing the takedown, and that was the end of the fight.
Official Decision: Alexis Vila defeats Sidemar Honorio by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Brenson Hansen vs. Freddy Assuncao
The entire first round was contested on the feet with neither man really gaining an advantage. Assuncao was utilizing leg kicks and body kicks while Hansen was head hunting. Assuncao continued his leg attacks in the second, but Hansen was returning with kicks of his own. Again, neither man threatened with a single takedown and decided to trade on the feet. Hansen cracked Assuncao with a left hook that staggered him. Assuncao answered with a nice head kick and the two men traded. Another closely contested round from both men. Round 3 was more of the same with Assuncao attacking a bit more aggressively. Assuncao attempted the first takedown of the fight, but could not get it. Hansen was stalking Assuncao, and a spinning hook kick just missed for Assuncao. Hansen got the takedown late and tried to lock in the guillotine as Assuncao got to his feet. Big knee from Hansen as they break and the final bell rang.
Freddy Assuncao defeats Brenson Hansen by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Jose Caceres vs. Anderson Melo
Caceres showed off some impressive striking in the early going. Caceres knocked Melo down, got on top and began landing some heavy ground and pound. Melo transitioned into a beautiful heel hook and tapped Caceres inside two minutes.
Official decision: Anderson Melo defeats Jose Caceres by Heel Hook Round 1 (1:10)