The World Series of Fighting is, amazingly, still alive. In fact, their 24th installment is on Saturday, and it features so many UFC and Bellator vets that if you squint at the TV while watching, you might actually think you’re seeing a viable MMA event.
I kid, I kid. Gazing upon the majesty that is WSOF 24 is a worthwhile way to spend your Saturday night (or Sunday morning if you DVR it). Just to prove that point, here are five reasons why you should tune in:
- There are no UFCs or Bellator’s this week - There was nothing last week, either. I don’t know about you, but I’m about starved for some MMA action.
- Nick Newell rocks - As one of the few homegrown stars the WSOF has cultivated (and probably their biggest star), Newell is fun and compelling to watch. I mean, he kicks ass, and he has only one arm! That should blow your mind right there. (Also, Nick is a pretty cool dude.)
- Jon Fitch vs. Yushin Okami - Rarely do we get to see two former high-level UFC fighters who fell from grace so dramatically get to fight. In case you don’t remember, Fitch once fought George St. Pierre for the belt and Okami faced Anderson Silva. Obviously, they didn’t fare to well, and here we are.
- Blagoi Ivanov - This guy was on track to being an absolute killer in Bellator. Unfortunately, he brought sambo to a knife fight back in Bulgaria, so now the real story is how amazing it is that this guy has recovered enough to even be able to fight. The dude was stabbed in the heart!
- Vinny Magalhaes - As one of the best, most talented jiu-jitsu practitioners to set foot in the cage, Magalhaes is a joy to watch. Of course, he’s not one to take a punch well, as evidenced by his 14-second KO at the hands of Anthony Perosh in the UFC (and his TKO loss to Ryan Bader back in the day), but jiu-jitsu, man. Jiu-jitsu.