Two titles will leave the Comerica Theatre tonight at World Series of Fighting 23.
The main card airs live on NBC Sports Network, with Justin Gaethje defending his lightweight title against Luis Palomino for a second time.
Gaethje scored a third round finish of Palomino in that encounter, which also took place in Phoenix.
Also, David Branch – the reigning middleweight champion – meets Teddy Holder in the finals of the first-ever light heavyweight championship match.
Check out FightLine’s fight-by-fight predictions can be found below, and come back later tonight for full results from the event:
PRELIMINARY CARD (Online/6:45 p.m. ET)
Benny Madrid over Jeff Fletcher via submission
Joey Miolla over Randy Steinke via decision
David Nuzzo over Andres Ponce via TKO
Matthew Frincu over Danny Davis, Jr. via decision
Estevan Payan over Kamuela Kirk via KO
Krasmir Mladenov over Clifford Starks via decision
Vagab Vagabov over Brian Grinnell via submission
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/10 p.m. ET)
LaRue Bentley vs. Brian Foster
Bentley has exceptional skills for someone his age, but Foster is a wily veteran.
Brian Foster over LaRue Bentley via decision
Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor vs. Roberto Yong
The superhero known as “Phoenix Jones” suffered his first pro loss in his WSOF debut. This is a key fight for Jones, and he should bounce back vs. the 2-2 Yong.
Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor over Roberto Yong via first round submission
Timur Valiev vs. Tito Jones
Expect Valiev to dominate and earn his 10th career win with ease in this one.
Timur Valiev over Tito Jones via first round TKO
David Branch vs. Teddy Holder for the inaugural WSOF light heavyweight championship
Branch already owns the middleweight title, but Holder had the more impressive win to get to his point. A late-minute replacement, Holder finished UFC veteran Thiago Silva for his eighth consecutive victory.
Still, Branch has championship experience, holding wins over the likes of Yushin Okami, Jesse Taylor and Dustin Jacoby.
David Branch over Teddy Holder via fourth round TKO
Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino for Gaethje’s WSOF lightweight championship
For some reason, I do not expect Gaethje to let Palomino impose his will as much in this rematch. The champion has looked like one of the more dominant fighters outside of the UFC in his wins over Nick Newell, Dan Lauzon and Brian Cobb.
Palomino has won 23 fights in his career, including victories over Gesias Cavalcante, Lewis Gonzalez and Jorge Patino.
Justin Gaethje over Luis Palomino via first round TKO