WSOF Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje has an opponent scheduled for his first title defense. First reported by Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, WSOF executive Vice President and matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz announced that the unbeaten Nick Newell will challenge Gaethje for the WSOF lightweight title in July. No venue or exact date has been set for the event.
The lightweight title fight will be contested between a pair of undefeated lightweights. 11-0 Justin Gaethje captured the inaugural WSOF Lightweight championship at WSOF 8 defeating Rich Patishnock via TKO in just over 1 minute. Gaethje has been the most impressive fighter in the WSOF’s lightweight division, winning all 4 of his bouts via TKO–against Gesais Cavalcante, Brian Cobb, Dan Lauzon, and the previously mentioned Patishnock. Of his career 11 victories, Gaethje has finished all but 1 fight, and 9 of them coming by way of KO/ TKO.
The challenger, Nick Newell is also undefeated at 11-0 and has been equally as impressive in his 2 WSOF bouts–defeating Keon Caldwell ad Sabah Fadai both via 1st round guillotine choke. Prior to debuting with WSOF in August, Newell had captured the XFC Lightweight championship defeating Eric Reynolds–and going 4-0 in the promotion. Like Gaethje, Newell has also finished 10 of his 11 fights (all in the first round), 8 via submission.
Newell will be no doubt taking on his toughest test when he steps into the decagon against Gaethje, but Abdelaziz told Yahoo Sports that he earned it.
“I had no choice but to give this to him, because he earned it,” Abdelaziz said.