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WSOF 27 results: Luiz Firmino, Shamil Gamzatov pick up impressive wins


With only two weeks of preparation, Luiz Firmino showed he belonged among WSOF's top lightweights.

He stepped in on short notice for an injured Mike Ricci to fight top WSOF lightweight Caros Fodor. Fermino used his size advantage, combined with wrestling, to pin Fodor against the cage and control him on the ground throughout most of the fight. Fodor was superior on the feet, and landed many clean strikes, but it wasn't enough to earn him the victory as Firmino defeated Fodor via unanimous decision.

In the co-main event of the card, heavy-handed striker Teddy Holder, who knocked out former UFC fighter Thiago Silva at WSOF 19, battled against promotional newcomer Shamil Gamzatov. The fight didn't go past the first round as Gamzatov blasted Holder with a right hook that sent him straight to the canvas. Referee Herb Dean stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:32 of round one.

Additionally, prospects Bryce Mitchell and Jaleel Willis remained undefeated.

Mitchell, 21, has submitted all of his previous opponents in the first round. "Thug Nasty" kept that first round submission streak alive by submitting Jorge Medina with a rear-naked choke in about a minute into the fight. Mitchell is now 5-0 as a professional fighter.

Opening the main card, Jaleel Willis took on Chauncey Foxworth. Willis utilized his superior grappling and takedowns to control Foxworth in the majority of the first and second round. At the end of round two, Foxworth threw an elbow from his guard that opened up a cut on the forehead of Willis. "The Realist" bled unceasingly through out the third round, but that didn't stop him from taking down and controlling Foxworth. With this victory, Willis improved his professional MMA record to 6-0.

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