WSOF Co-Promotion Proposal. Are Cage Warriors a Viable Alternative?

By Fergus O’Farrell

Since their inception 14 months ago World Series of Fighting have drifted along inconspicuously, struggling with both gate and television numbers; the promotion has only captivated the hardcore fan. However this week Vice President Ali Abdel-Aziz audaciously described them as the second best promotion in the world and threw down the gauntlet to Bellator in a ten fight ‘winner takes all’ PPV co-promotion. Bjorn Rebney has yet to issue a response on behalf of Bellator so we can only speculate what might come of WSOF’s proposal.

After yesterdays announcement twitter going ballistic about the potential match ups suggested, implications they may have etc. It seems to me that if the proposed co-promotion was to go ahead the real winners would be the fans and the real losers would be the UFC. They say ‘My enemy’s enemy is my friend’ and this just might be the case for Bjorn Rebney and Ray Sefo as any co-promotion would provide a sizeable amount of hype and a different product offering to just another UFC event that will be churned out that week.

Although promoters may not seem keen on co-promotion I believe this could be a masterstroke which saves WSOF and an idea they should pursue. If Bellator executives reject their proposal then I believe they should look elsewhere and where better than European leaders Cage Warriors. Their would be a small disparity in weight classes as WSOF houses an array of talent in the heavier weight classes where Cage Warriors is bare and WSOF have no Flyweight division where Cage Warriors have some of the worlds elite. However no one can argue that there are not some tasty matches to be made. Graham Boylan has previously spoken against co-promotion however he has also hinted at Cage Warriors making a move across the Atlantic in the future and this may be an ideal point of entry. There is no question any co-promotion between the worlds top promotions would generate sizeable fan interest and personally it is something I would love to see; however I am aware it is much easier in theory then in practice.

Word Series of Fighting Vs. Cage Warriors Mock Card

Bantamweight: Marlon Moares Vs. James Brum
Middleweight: Yushin Okami Vs. Pavel Kusch
Bantamweight: Miguel Torres Vs. Ronnie Mann
Welterweight: Rousimar Palhares Vs. Jack Mason
Lightweight: Justin Gaethje Vs. Ivan Buschinger
Featherweight: Georgi Karakhanyan Vs. Jim Alers
Welterweight: Jon Fitch Vs. Matt Inman
Lightweight: Gesias Cavalcante Vs. Paul Redmond
Lightweight: Nick Newell Vs. Philip Mulpeter
Lightweight: Jacob Volkmann Vs. Curt Warburton
Light heavyweight: Kalib Starnes Vs. Karl Moore
Featherweight: Cody Bollinger Vs. Arnold Allen
Womens 115lb: Jessica Aguilar Vs. Aisling Daly

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