LAS VEGAS (July 22) - World Series of Fighting's return to Las Vegas now features five main-card matchups, as bantamweights Bryson Hansen (7-1) and Matt "Robo" Sayles (2-0) will kick off World Series of Fighting's NBCSN-televised main card.
Featuring a lightweight headliner between exciting Peruvian veteran Luis "Baboon" Palomino (22-9) and undefeated Californian "Lethal" Lewis Gonzalez (9-0), "World Series of Fighting 12: Palomino vs. Gonzalez" takes place Aug. 9 at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
In addition to the headliner, the newly announced Hansen vs. Sayles contest joins previously announced matchups of Brazilian brawler Ronny Markes (14-3) vs. undefeated submission machine Kelvin "The Mama's Boy" Tiller (6-0), Bosnian-born Elvis "The King" Mutapcic (13-3) vs. undefeated Bulgarian-born standout Krasimir Mladenov (11-0) and ageless Olympian Alexis Vila (13-4) vs. Brandon "Hot Rod" Hempleman (9-2).
"Bryson Hansen looked fantastic in his World Series of Fighting debut, so we're excited to have him back in the decagon so quickly and see if he can turn in another performance like that," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "On the other side of the cage is Matt Sayles, who has been absolutely destroying his competition early on in his career and already looks prepared for a step up in quality. This fight should kick off our broadcast with real fireworks."
Tickets for "World Series of Fighting 12: Palomino vs. Gonzalez" start at just $39 and are on sale now at AXS.com. The evening's main card airs live on NBCSN. The broadcast begins on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PTlocal time). Preliminary contests will be announced shortly and will stream live on NBCSN.com.
Originally from Hawaii, Bryson Hansen made his World Series of Fighting debut in March and needed just 46 seconds to score a TKO win over Sean Cantor. Hansen now trains at Las Vegas' Xtreme Couture, and five of his seven career wins have come by way of knockout, including four victories that came in the first round.
Meanwhile, Matt Sayles turned pro in January and has already registered two victories, needing just 121 seconds to earn first-round stoppages of Dylan Stanfield and Chris Floyd. Those wins came after a successful amateur career that saw "Robo" stop three different opponents. A San Diego resident, Sayles is currently a member of top California academy Alliance MMA.
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