The nationally televised event, which airs live on NBCSN, marks the
promotion's debut in the Sunshine State.
Tickets for the fight card, which start at just $29, go on sale
this Friday, Sept. 6, at all Ticketmaster locations,
Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.
The live, two-hour NBCSN telecast of the World Series of Fighting 6
main card begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A full lineup of
preliminary bouts will also stream live on World Series of
Fighting's official website, WSOF.com beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m.
PT and venue doors open at 5 p.m. ET.
"We've been looking forward to making our debut in Florida for some
time now, and I'm proud to say we will be in Coral Gables on Oct.
26," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said.
"Our headliner will see us award either Josh
Burkman or Steve Carl
the first championship belt in our promotion's history, and I think
that matchup will be something special. The whole lineup we're
planning will be fantastic, and I look forward to making more
announcements very soon."
Burkman is a 10-time UFC veteran who first entered the spotlight in
2005 as a cast member on "The Ultimate Fighter 2." Injuries briefly
slowed the Utah native's career, but since 2009 Burkman is 8-1 in
nine appearances, a run that includes three wins while competing
for World Series of Fighting. Most recently, Burkman registered the
biggest win of his career to date by earning a technical submission
win over Jon Fitch in
just 41 seconds.
Meanwhile, Carl is a military veteran whose fighting career was
born in the Modern Army Combatives Program. An Iowa native, the
28-year-old began his professional career in 2005 and has already
registered 20 career victories, including an incredible 15 wins by
submission. Carl has already competed twice under the World Series
of Fighting banner, registering a pair of first-round submission
wins over Tyson
Steele and Ramico
Blackmon, and he brings a six-fight win streak to the
Illinois-native Beebe, the brother of former WEC bantamweight
champion Chase Beebe,
has built an impressive 9-1 mark in his past 10 appearances. Most
recently, the wrestling specialist earned a hard-fought decision
win over Joe Murphy at
June's World Series of Fighting 3 event.
He now meets three-time World Series of Fighting veteran Moraes,
who has used his time in the organization to catapult up the world
rankings, working from relative obscurity to top-10 status in rapid
fashion. A 25-year-old Brazilian with devastating striking and
impressive grappling skills, Moraes has already downed Miguel
Torres, Tyson Nam and
Hempleman in previous World Series of Fighting appearances.
The 24-year-old Gaethje is a member of Colorado's Grudge Training
Center and has looked absolutely spectacular in a pair of World
Series of Fighting wins over veterans Brian Cobb and
Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante. Competing professionally since August 2011,
Gaethje has fought to a decision just once, earning seven knockouts
and one submission in nine appearances.
Meanwhile, Lauzon made his World Series of Fighting debut in June
and dominated 50-fight veteran John
Gunderson en route to a unanimous-decision win. The 25-year-old
Lauzon, brother of UFC lightweight standout Joe Lauzon,
currently boasts a five-fight win streak.
"We are thrilled to bring World Series of Fighting to Coral
Gables," said Global Spectrum's Lorenzo Muniz, General Manager at
the BankUnited Center. "Our venue is the perfect setting for mixed
martial arts, and we are excited to showcase these world-class
fighters here at the BankUnited Center."