The preliminary lineup for June’s World Series of Fighting 21 card has added six bouts, the promotion announced recently.
Set for the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on June 5, the main card will include two title fights on NBC Sports Network. Lance Palmer defends his featherweight belt vs. Chris Horodecki in the main event, while Smealinho Rama puts his heavyweight strap on the line vs. Blagoi Ivanov in the co-main.
Officials added prelim scraps featuring Stephen Beaumont-Mukai Maromo, Victor Valimaki-Thiago Goncalves, Mark Drummond-Michael Hill, Garret Nybakken-Nick Hrabec, Marcus Hicks-Matt Baker and Mike Scarcello-Dan Lariviere.
Beaumont, a Hayabusa Training Centre fighter from Edmonton, makes his WSOF debut. Six of Beaumont’s nine professional fights have ended in the opening round. He now meets cross-town rival and fellow WSOF newcomer Maromo, who was born in Zimbabwe but now trains at Edmonton’s Complete Fitness and Martial Arts.
A true veteran of the sport with 14 years of experience, Valimaki hails from Edmonton and trains at UFC Gym Sherwood Park. Valimaki has shown well-rounded skills in his career, earning six of his career wins by knockout and another seven by submission. He now faces 34-year-old veteran Goncalves of Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil. With 11 years of professional experience, Goncalves has built an impressive career mark fighting around the globe and is now part of the fast-rising Pitbull Brothers fight team.
Drummond hails from Edmonton and trains at Complete Fitness and Martial Arts. After losing in his professional debut in 2010, Drummond has since gone 7-1 in his past eight appearances, including a February knockout over Spencer Jebb at WSOF 18. Meanwhile, Hill fights under the WSOF banner for the third time after previously banking a decision win over Ryan Dickson and a TKO of Richard Arsenault.
Nybakken looks for his first WSOF victory after falling short in his promotional debut in February against Dan Lariviere. He faces fellow Edmonton-based fighter Hrabec, who looks to make a positive impact in his promotional debut.
Hicks is undefeated under the WSOF banner, racking up first-round submission victories over Graham Park and Markhaile Wedderburn. Meanwhile, Baker – a Team Nogueira fighter from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada – has become a mainstay on the WSOF schedule, making his sixth appearance for the promotion.
Scarcello, a Hayabusa Training Centre fighter out of Edmonton, brings a four-fighting winning streak to the cage. He now meets Lariviere of Ottawa, who is 3-1 in his past four fights, including a February win over Nybakken at February’s WSOF 18 event.
Below is the current lineup:
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/9 p.m. ET)
WSOF Featherweight Championship
Lance Palmer (c) vs. Chris Horodecki
WSOF Heavyweight Championship
Smealinho Rama (c) vs. Blagoi Ivanov
PRELIMINARY CARD (WSOF.com/6 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Stephen Beaumont vs. Mukai Maromo
Light Heavyweight: Victor Valimaki vs. Thiago Goncalves
Welterweight: Mark Drummond vs. Michael hill
Lightweight: Garret Nybakken vs. Nick Hrabec
Middleweight: Matt Baker vs. Marcus Hicks
Lightweight: Mike Scarcello vs. Dan Lariviere