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WSOF 25 results: Brian Foster wins lightweight tournament after losing his first fight

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Brian Foster lost his first tournament match, but that didn't stop him from becoming the WSOF lightweight tournament champion.

During his first fight, Foster (25-8) faced Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Joao Zeferino. Foster quickly took the fight to the mat, where he scrambled with his opponent Zeferino just to land in the 50/50 position. There, the Brazilian submitted Foster with a vicious heel-hook. And in just one minute and 47 seconds, Foster was out of the tournament.

Zeferino went on to put another Rousimar Palhares-like performance by submitting jiu-jitsu black belt Jorge Patino with a heel hook in less than 2 minutes into the semifinal bout. Patino had originally lost to Islam Mamedov in a quarterfinal bout, but due to a Mamedov injury, Patino replaced the Russian fighter and was able to face Zeferino.

A similar situation followed, but this time it was Foster who received a second life in the tournament. Foster replaced an injured Mike Ricci to face two-time WSOF title challenger Luis Palomino in a semifinal bout.

The fight was filled with back-and-forth action. Palomino rocked Foster in the first round, but it was Foster's wrestling and ground and pound that allowed him to stop the Peruvian fighter in the second round.

And just like that, Foster found himself in position to avenge a loss and earn an opportunity to fight for the belt.

Zeferino vs. Foster 2 was very similar to the first fight, but this time Foster was able to defend the continuous leg lock attempts of his opponent. During the second round, Foster was able to land a heavy right hand while he was on the ground with his opponent. Foster followed with more ground and pound and the referee was forced to stop the fight at 4:51 of the second round.

In the co-main event of the card, former UFC fighters Jason High and Estevan Payan made their WSOF debuts. High showed why he was the favorite coming into the fight, defeating Payan via TKO in the second round.

The first round was slowed paced. High pressed Payan against the cage, secured a takedown and controlled most of the round. In the beginning of the second round High landed a left high kick that dropped Payan to the canvas followed by a series of punches. The referee stopped the fight at 0:47 of the second round.