World Series of Fighting officials were forced to make some changes to Saturday’s WSOF 30 card, moving the main card start time back 30 minutes.
Set for NBC Sports Network, the double title fight main card will begin at 11:30 p.m. ET. Featured is a middleweight championship match between titleholder David Branch and challenger Clifford Starks, along with Jon Fitch and Joao Zeferino meeting to crown a new welterweight champion.
Below is the complete press release and final lineup:
World Series of Fighting (WSOF.com) announced today that it has finalized the lineup for the WSOF30: Branch vs. Starks, world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) doubleheader event, with the addition of a sixth preliminary card bout – a middleweight (185 pounds) matchup between Clinton Williams (7-3, 1 NC) and Rex “T-Rex” Harris (8-2) – at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 2, live on NBCSN at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT.
Additionally, a broken nose has forced Gil Guardado to withdraw from his scheduled lightweight (155 pounds) matchup with undefeated Steve Kozola (6-0), who will now face Matt “The Sleeper” Church (3-1) in a 160-pound catchweight affair, and Jeff Roman (1-2-1) will square off with Zach Bunnell (0-0) in a welterweight (170 pounds) preliminary card contest.
The 5-foot-11, 32-year-old Williams is looking to rebound from a narrow, split decision defeat at the hands of Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun at WSOF26 on December 18, 2015.
One fight prior to the loss, Williams submitted Jared Hatch with a shoulder choke in the third round (4:10) of their matchup on November 14, 2015.
The 6-foot, 33-year-old Harris of West Pittston, Pa. is riding a four-fight win streak. In his last start, Harris, who has earned 7 of his 8 career victories by way of (T)KO or submission, edged out a split decision over Justin Torrey at WSOF24 on October 17, 2015.
Church of Las Vegas will attempt to notch his fourth consecutive win, after three straight finishes, the last of which came on March 4 when he submitted Pat DeFranco with a leglock in the first round (2:55) of their matchup.
Tickets for WSOF30: Branch vs. Starks are available for purchase online at WSOF.com and AXS.com.
Doors at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will open for the event at 4 p.m. PT, and the first preliminary bout will begin at 5 p.m.
In the main event, reigning World Series of Fighting middleweight champion David Branch (17-3), the league’s first-ever, two-division title holder, will put his coveted crown on the line against top contender Clifford Starks (13-2).
In the co-main event, superstar Jon Fitch (27-7-1, 1 NC) will battle recent World Series of Fighting one-night, eight-man tournament runner-up Joao “The Brazilian Samurai” Zeferino (20-7) with the vacant World Series of Fighting welterweight championship at stake.
Elsewhere on the four-fight, live NBCSN telecast, submission expert Vinny “Pezao” Magalhaes (13-7) will square off with Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun (9-4) in a light heavyweight (205 pounds) contest, while World Series of Fighting newcomer and knockout artist Abu “Gladiator” Azaitar (11-1-1) will lock horns with Danny “Dee1” Davis, Jr. (11-10-1) at welterweight.
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/11:30 p.m. ET)
WSOF Middleweight Championship
David Branch (c) vs. Clifford Starks
Vacant WSOF Welterweight Championship
Jon Fitch vs. Joao Zeferino
Light Heavyweight: Vinny Magalhaes vs. Jake Heun
Middleweight: Abu Azaitar vs. Danny Davis, Jr.
PRELIMINARY CARD (WSOF.com/8 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Matt Frincu
Middleweight: Clinton Williams vs. Rex Harris
Lightweight: Steve Kozola vs. Matt Church
Flyweight: Carlos Garcia vs. Jason Pacheco
Bantamweight: Adam Aquaviva vs. Andres Ponce
Welterweight: Jeff Roman vs. Zach Bunnell