The World Series of Fighting is planing on opening the new year in spectacular fashion.
The promotion announced Monday morning that WSOF 29 would take place in Loveland, Colorado on March 12th. The event is most likely to feature the return of WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje in a title defense bout against 8-man lightweight tournament winner Brian Foster.
Gaethje (15-0, 8-0 in WSOF) has fought half of his career with the WSOF and has been their most dominant champion since winning the title at WSOF 8 where he defeated Rich Patishnock via first round knockout. He has defended his title three times since then (four if Melvin Guillard had made weight) and established himself as the promotions premier fighter.
Foster (25-8, 3-2 in WSOF) made headlines last November when he defiantly won the WSOF 8-man Lightweight tournament in quite the unorthodox fashion.
Starting off the night on a crushing note, Foster was submitted early in the 3rd quarterfinal bout of the night by Joáo Zeferino, seemingly ending his night early. However, when advancing participant Mike Ricci sustained an injury in his quarterfinal bout, Foster was afforded a second chance at glory. The opening pitted Foster against Luis Palomino who he defeated in one of the tournaments most exciting fights via strikes. He would then go on to meet Zeferino once more in the same night in the finals. Making the proper adjustments from their previous fight just hours earlier, Foster would defeat the Brazilian by knockout and capture the tournament championship, and also nabbing an opportunity to fight for the WSOF Lightweight championship.