WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING RETURNS TO NBC WITH ‘GREATEST HITS’ SHOW ON SUNDAY, DEC. 27
Chael Sonnen, Bas Rutten and Todd Harris to co-host one-hour program filled with the year’s most dramatic action
“Fight of the Year” will be determined by fan votes cast online
LAS VEGAS (December 22, 2015) –World Series of Fighting (WSOF.com) will return to NBC with a special, one-hour program filled with an assortment of the most memorable and impactful moments of 2015 in the decagon cage, on Sunday, December 27, at 2 p.m. ET/11 am P.T.
Co-hosted by Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) icons and World Series of Fighting color commentators Chael Sonnen and Bas Rutten, along with veteran play-by-play man Todd Harris, “WSOF: Greatest Hits 2015” will feature highlights from bouts recognized as candidates for “Fight of the Year,” “Finish of the Year” and “Upset of the Year.”
“This was an incredible year filled with some of the best action we have seen in the cage from our world-class athletes, so we are excited to be able to package the most powerful highlights into a phenomenal hour-long program for a broadcast television audience and deliver it to our fans who have the opportunity, beforehand, to vote for ‘Fight of the Year,’” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.
Fans can cast their votes for “Fight of the Year” online at http://2015.wsof.com/. The winning bout will be announced on NBC during the ‘Greatest Hits’ program.
The show will include highlights from World Series of Fighting’s historic, first-ever, one-night tournament that saw eight fighters battle for the number one contender spot in the coveted lightweight (155 pounds) division.
Additionally, an “International Fighter of the Year” segment will showcase footage featuring each of seven different, prolific World Series of Fighting athletes, including reigning heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov and reigning bantamweight (135 pounds) kingpin Marlon Moraes, who turned in at least one impressive performance in 2015.
The year-end program on NBC comes shortly after World Series of Fighting’s 26th live event and towards the close of its third year of operation.
Among the accolades the world championship MMA league garnered in 2015 were two “Fight of the Month” honors. The first world lightweight championship showdown between reigning, undefeated champion Justin “The Highlight Gaethje and battle-tested challenger Luis “Baboon” Palomino on March 28, as well as the rematch between the two gritty fighters on September 18, were each bestowed with the award.
World Series of Fighting action will return to NBCSN on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT with a re-airing of “WSOF26: Palmer vs. Almeida” world championship fight card that took place on Friday, Dec. 18.