WSOF 19 results – Gaethje retains in war, Holder seizes the moment
WSOF 19 took place tonight at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. with the preliminary bouts streaming on wsof.com and the main card on NBCSN.
In the main event, WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje defended for the third time against a new challenger in Luis Palomino.
In what was arguably the best bout in WSOF history Gaethje retained his title by defeating Palomino in the third round via TKO, improving to 14-0.
In a crazy series of events a new star was born in Teddy Holder.
The co-main event was the first bout in a four-way elimination tournament to crown the a WSOF light heavyweight champion. The bout was supposed to be a rematch between Matt Hamill and Thiago Silva. Hamill weighed in yesterday but was ill this morning and went to a doctor. He withdrew from the fight and was replaced by Teddy Holder.
Holder came in and defeated Silva via first round TKO and will now fight for the WSOF light heavyweight title.
The re-shuffling of the lineup will also see Holder’s original opponent, Jake Heun (7-3), matched with a new adversary in Clifford Starks (10-2), who had been slated to face Eddie Arizmendi (15-6) in a WSOF 19 preliminary bout. Arizmendi will no longer compete, but will receive full compensation from WSOF for his previously scheduled fight.
Hamill posted the following statement on Facebook:
“I want to apologize to my fans and all my sponsors and supporters. I woke up this morning with sinus infection, stomach virus and dehydration.
I went to the doctors and they refused to let me fight in this condition.
I came into this fight in the best condition and in the perfect mind frame to win. I am very disappointed.
I will be be back in the cage as soon as possible and make it up to all my fans. -The Hammer”
Below are the official WSOF 19 results:
MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET)
- Champ Justin Gaethje defeated Luis Palomino – for lightweight title via TKO (strikes) Round 3, 3:57
- Teddy Holder defeated Thiago Silva – light heavyweight tourney opening round via TKO (strikes) Round 1, 2:00
- Clifford Starks defeated Jake Heun– light heavyweight tourney reserve bout – via submission (arm-triangle choke), Round 2, 4:11
- Timur Valiev defeated Ed West via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:39
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6 p.m. ET)
- Benny Madrid vs. Jimmy Spicuzza
- Joseph Gigliotti defeated Brendan Tierney via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:45
- Andres Ponce defeated Juan Archuleta via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 0:53
- Dan Huber defeated Israel Aquino via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:03
- Matthew Frincu defeated Eric Regen via knockout (kick) – Round 2, 0:14
- Erik Villalobos defeated Joe Madrid via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)