A rematch will kick-start the World Series of Fighting light heavyweight tournament tonight, as Matt Hamill meets Thiago Silva at WSOF 19.
The card, set for Phoenix, also features a main event between lightweight champion Justin Gaetje and veteran Luis Palomino. The main card airs on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. ET after a full slate of online prelims.
Silva hasn’t fought since being released by the UFC after a domestic violence charge. While that was thrown out, he was released once again after further evidence was brought forth following the promotion resigning him last September.
Ironically enough, the last bout for Silva came against Hamill, as he defeated him via decision in 2013.
Gaethje, a native of Arizona, will be making his second title defense against Palomino. He previously bested Nick Newell.
Below are predictions for the card:
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/9 p.m. ET)
Justin Gaethje over Luis Palomino via first round submission to retain the WSOF lightweight title
Thiago Silva over Matt Hamill via first round TKO
Jake Heun over Teddy Holder via decision
Ed West over Timur Valiev via decision
PRELIMINARY CARD (NBCSports.com/7 p.m. ET)
Clifford Starks over Eddie Arizmendi via second round TKO
Benny Madrid over Jimmy Spicuzza via decision
Joe Gigliotti over Brendan Tierney via first round TKO
Juan Archuleta over Andres Ponce via first round KO
Dan Huber over Israel Aquino via first round submission
Matthew Frincu over Eric Regan via second round TKO
Joe Madrid over Erik Villalobos via decision