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WSOF Vice President Talks: Going Head To Head With The UFC On July 5th

Andrew Ravens

WSOF 11

World Series of Fighting executive vice president and matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz spoke about their deal with NBC Sports and going up against the UFC on July 5th.

His Deal With NBC: “At the beginning, NBC Sports, [president of programming at NBC] Jon Miller, and [director of business development at NBC Sports] Gary Quinn, they gave us the opportunity to prove ourselves. Our first show we delivered, and after that we made a deal, said Abdel-Aziz. Our deal was over, and so we made a new deal, a much better deal. I believe NBC Sports is the biggest media network in the world, and we are happy to be part of that family. We couldn’t ask for a better partner at this moment than them. I think the sky’s the limit.”

Here is how WSOF 11 looks like, the main event will be Justin Gaethje (c) vs. Nick Newell – for lightweight title:

  • Justin Gaethje (c) vs. Nick Newell – for lightweight title
  • Josh Burkman vs. Jon Fitch
  • Gesias Cavalcante vs. Melvin Guillard

Going Up Against The UFC On July 5th: “I think it would be not very wise to go on the same day as the UFC, but we got the date, July 5, maybe six or seven months ago. We’ll go out there right before the UFC goes on Fox Sports 1 [for its UFC 175 prelims]. I wish we had a different date, but NBC, this is the first time gave us a date, and they don’t have any other dates open to give us. We made sure it’s early. We go from 4-6, and I’m not sure what time the UFC starts, but we’ll go out there and go before they start.”

UFC 175 starts at 6:00 PM EST and this is how the card looks like:

  • Chris Weidman (c) vs. Lyoto Machida – for middleweight title
  • Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexis Davis – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Vitor Belfort vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Alex Caceres vs. Urijah Faber
  • Matt Mitrione vs. Stefan Struve
  • Uriah Hall vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Bruno Santos
  • Guilherme Vasconcelos vs. Luke Zachrich
  • Ildemar Alcantara vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Rob Font vs. TBA

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