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WSOF 35 results: Blagoy Ivanov stops Shawn Jordan, defends his WSOF heavyweight title

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Blagoi Ivanov in victory

Blagoy Ivanov continues his tear through the WSOF heavyweight division.

It took less than two minutes for Ivanov to put away former UFC heavyweight Shawn Jordan in the main event of Saturday’s WSOF 35, which took place in Verona, N.Y. The technical knockout victory over Jordan marked Ivanov’s third title defense in the promotion, and improved his record to 14-1.

About a minute into the fight, the 30-year-old Bulgarian caught Jordan with a short right hand that rocked the American, sending him wobbling back across the cage. Ivanov would follow up with a quick combination that sent his opponent to the canvas and then forced the referee Dan Miragliotta to stop the bout by landing heavy ground-and-pound. The official stoppage came at the 1:43 mark of round one.

With this loss, Jordan is now 19-7 in his professional MMA career and 1-1 since leaving the UFC back in 2015.

In the co-main event of the card, prospect Andre Harrison kept his undefeated label, while adding a championship belt to waist. ‘The Bull’ defeated Team Alpha Male product Lance Palmer via unanimous decision to become the new featherweight champion of the promotion.

Harrison looked dominant throughout all five rounds and came close to stopping Palmer in the first and second round. The third and fourth rounds were a bit more competitive, as Palmer was also able to get some offense on the feet. In the final round, Harrison dropped Palmer with a combination, which opened up a cut on his forehead, and followed with top control from turtle position.

Harrison is now 15-0 as a professional fighter and added another win over a notable opponent such as Palmer. Harrison owns victories over Steven Siler, Desmond Green, Kurt Holobaugh, and Cody Bollinger. Meanwhile, Palmer suffered his third professional loss and now stands 11-3 in his professional MMA record.

With WSOF bantamweight king Marlon Moraes leaving the promotion last month, Bekbulat Magomedov and Donovan Frelow battled for the vacant title in the opening fight of the card.

Magomedov vs. Frelow was a fight that showed promise at the very beginning, but turned out to be a lackluster contest in the end. In the first round, both Magomedov and Frelow had a few interesting striking exchanges, which had Magomedov slightly rocked at one point. However, Magomedov, being the more experienced fighter, stayed compose and scored a well-time takedown on Frelow. The takedowns and top control from the Russian fighter dictated the action for the rest of the fight.

Now bantamweight champion, the 26-year-old Magomedov improved his MMA record to 18-1, and is now 2-1 under the promotion.

Also worth noting, former UFC fighter Steven Siler dropped a unanimous decision to Hakeem Dawodu, while former WSOF featherweight champion Alexandre de Almeida lost a close split decision to Steven Rodriguez on the preliminary card.