Justin Hartley vs. Wade Johnson headlines WSOF 27 prelims in Memphis



LAS VEGAS (January 6, 2016) –World Series of Fighting (WSOF.com) announced today a trio of preliminary card bouts that will complete its lineup for WSOF27 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. on Saturday, Jan. 23, live on NBCSN at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

The three preliminary card bouts will stream live on an embeddable video player on WSOF.com and precede the four-fight, live NBCSN telecast that will be headlined by a lightweight (155 pounds) showdown between rival stars Mike “The Martian” Ricci (11-4) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Caros “The Future” Fodor (10-4) of Kirkland, Wash.

Topping the undercard bill will be a welterweight (170 pounds) matchup between Wade “The Hammer” Johnson and Justin Hartley.

The 25-year-old Johnson (9-1) of Bradford, Ark. is looking to notch his third consecutive victory after scoring a quick, first round (1:30) TKO (punches) on Lawrence Purifoy on September 26.

Hartley (3-1) of Nashville, Tenn. is seeking his second straight win following a second round (4:42) submission (rear-naked choke) of Sedric Johnson on June 20.  To date, all of Hartley’s wins have come by way of submission.

In one of two lightweight (155 pounds) preliminary card contests, Zach “Thunderwood” Underwood (13-6) of Memphis will take on Jason Williams (4-7) of Columbus, Miss. while, in the other, Alvin Williams (2-2) of Memphis will collide with Wes Sharp (0-1) of Fayetteville, Ark.

Tickets for WSOF27 start at just $39.99, and are on sale at WSOF.com, all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, the FedExForum Box Office, or by phone at .

In the light heavyweight (205 pounds) co-main event, heavy-handed finisher Teddy Holder (9-2) of Bartlett, Tenn. will battle undefeated Shamil Gamzatov (9-0) of Makhachkala, Russia.

Gamzatov, the number two ranked light heavyweight in the Ukraine, has yet to be taken past the second round of a fight, while Holder has earned all nine of his professional career wins by way of (T)KO or submission.

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Lightweight Main Event: Caros Fodor vs. Mike Ricci
Light Heavyweight Co-Main Event:  Teddy Holder vs. Shamil Gamzatov
Welterweight Bout: Jaleel Willis vs. Chauncey Foxworth
Featherweight Bout: Jorge Medina vs. Bryce Mitchell


Welterweight: Justin Hartley vs. Wade Johnson
Lightweight: Zach Underwood vs. Jason Williams
Lightweight: Alvin Williams vs. Wes Sharp