WSOF targets title bouts for Dec. 27


LAS VEGAS -- World Series of Fighting (WSOF) is planning its second NBC Network televised card for Dec. 27 and is hopeful that the event could feature two title fights.

The promotion has targeted a welterweight title fight between Rousimar Palhares and Jon Fitch to headline the card, WSOF 16. A lightweight title bout between Justin Gaethje and Melvin Guillard will likely serve as the co-main event.

WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed the matchups with ESPN.com on Thursday but said bout agreements have not yet been signed. An official venue for the event has yet to be established.

WSOF made its NBC Network debut on July 5. It was the first of two scheduled cards for the network in 2014. Gaethje (12-0) claimed the 155-pound title in a second-round TKO over Nick Newell.

Palhares (16-6) won the WSOF welterweight belt in March by submitting Steve Carl via inverted heel hook just 69 seconds into the first round. The Brazilian grappler was scheduled to defend the belt in July, but he withdrew due to personal reasons.

Fitch (26-6-1) suffered a first-round submission to Josh Burkman in his WSOF debut in June 2013, but has since rebounded with wins against Marcelo Alfaya and Dennis Hallman.

A former UFC title contender, Fitch’s last 10 wins have come via decision. The UFC released him in early 2013, following a unanimous decision loss to Demian Maia.

Gaethje is 5-0 under the WSOF banner, with five knockout finishes. Fighting out of Denver, the 25-year-old has finished 11 of his 12 professional fights.

Guillard (32-13-2) made his WSOF debut in July. He defeated former Blackzilian teammate Gesias Cavalcante via TKO in the second round. A longtime UFC veteran, Guillard was released by the promotion earlier this year.