Justin Gaethje Undergoes Championship Opponent Shuffle Ahead of WSOF-NYC

Luiz “Buscape” Firmino Replaces an Injured Joao Zeferino in the Main Event Against Undefeated Lightweight Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje New Year’s Eve At The Theater At Madison Square Garden

World Series of Fighting on Tuesday announced that Luiz “Buscape” Firmino (19-7) will replace an injured Joao Zeferino in the main event against undefeated lightweight (155 pounds) Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (16-0) at WSOFNYC on December 31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“Our entire team wishes Joao Zeferino a full and speedy recovery, and hopes to see him return soon,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.

WSOF-NYC - Justin Gaethje vs Luis Firmino“Luiz Firmino is a veteran of professional MMA and no stranger to our decagon cage,” continued Sefo, “His addition to a premier title fight against current lightweight champion Justin Gaethje at WSOFNYC makes for an exceptional matchup.”

Boasting an unmatched roster of world-class athletes, the stacked eleven-bout, Mixed Marshal Arts mega-event features four title fights and star-studded match-ups. WSOFNYC will take place EST on December 31st, 2016 from 1 p.m. ET to 6 p.m. ET with the main card airing live on NBC Sports (3 p.m. ET – 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4 p.m. ET – 6 p.m. ET on NBC). Tickets are available for purchase at the Madison Square Garden box office as well as online at Ticketmaster.com and WSOF.com and priced at $500, $250, $150, $75 and $50.

WSOF-NYC Fight Card:

Main Card (NBC, 4 PM ET – 6 PM ET, Dec 31)

  • Lightweight Title Fight: Justin Gaethje (16-0) vs. Luiz Firmino (19-7)
  • Welterweight Title Fight: Jon Fitch (28-7) vs. Jake Shields (31-8)
  • Welterweight: Yushin “Thunder” Okami (32-10) vs. Paul Bradley (23-6)
  • Bantamweight Title Fight: Marlon Moraes (16-4) vs. Josenaldo Silva (25-4)

NBCSN Card (NBCSN, 3 PM ET – 4 PM ET, Dec. 31)

  • Middleweight Title Fight: David Branch (19-3) vs. Louis Taylor (13-1)
  • Heavyweight: Jared Rosholt (14-3) vs. Caio Alencar (9-1)

Prelim Card (WSOF.com, 1 PM ET – 3 PM ET, Dec. 31)

  • Catchweight Fight: Shane Kruchten (11-4) vs. Jeremy Mahon (5-4)
  • Light Heavyweight: Smealinho Rama (9-2) vs. Jake Heun (9-4)
  • Middleweight: Vagab Vagabov (20-0) vs. Bruno Santos (14-2)
  • Featherweight: Andre Harrison (14-0) vs. Bruce Boyington (14-9)
  • Final Fight: TBD

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