LIVE ON NBCSN ON FRIDAY, APRIL 10
FROM FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO
LAS VEGAS (April 9, 2015) â€“ A case of dehydration has rendered Ronny Markesineligible to compete in the WSOF 20 light heavyweight main event against fellow superstar David Branch tomorrow, Friday, April 10.
Jesse McElligott (5-1), originally slated for action on the WSOF 20 preliminary card, will step up to face Branch (15-3) in the main event.Â The 24-year-old McElligott of West Roxbury, Mass., is looking for his third straight win.
â€œRonnyâ€™s condition is an unfortunate situation, but we are glad that his health has improved since the episode he experienced earlier today,â€ said WSOF President Ray Sefo.
â€œWSOF is committed to the safety of its athletes,â€ continued Sefo, â€œand, therefore, there is no way that we could allow Ronny to go on and compete despite the turnaround in his condition.â€
WSOF will compensate McElligottâ€™s original opponent, Steve Skrzat, will his full fight purse.
The live NBCSN telecast of WSOF 20 will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. MMA legend Renzo Gracie will call the action alongside veteran WSOF play-by-play announcer Todd Harris.
In the lightweight (155 pounds) co-main event, rising star Nick Newell (11-1) of Springfield, Mass. will face off with battle-tested Joe Condon (12-7) of Victorville, Calif.
Making their respective WSOF debuts, undefeated Ben Fodor (5-0-1), also known as costumed crime fighter â€œPhoenix Jonesâ€ of Seattle, Wash., and fellow rising star and Iraq war veteran Emmanuel Walo (7-2-1) of Jersey City, N.J. will throw down in a 175 pounds catch weight contest.
In other live NBCSN televised main card action at WSOF 20, aggressive finishersOzzy Dugulubgov (6-2) of Hackensack, N.J. and Lucas Montoya (8-3) of Layton, Utah will square off at lightweight, and up-and-coming talents Steve Mocco (4-1) of Coconut Creek, Fla. and Juliano Coutinho (6-1) of West Yarmouth, Mass. will battle at heavyweight.
Tickets for the WSOF 20, priced from $39.99, are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
Doors at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino open at 5:00 p.m. ET, and the first of four preliminary bouts begins at 6:00 p.m.
About “World Series of Fighting” (WSOF)
“World Series of Fighting” (WSOF) is a world wide premier professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering the best action-packed fights for fight fans by producing the best possible match-ups between elite fighters from around the world. For more information please visitÂ WSOF.com. Follow “World Series of Fighting” on TwitterÂ @MMAWorldSeriesÂ and “World Series of Fighting” President Ray SefoÂ @SugarRaySefo.