World Series Of Fighting 7 on December 7th has a new headliner after Mike Kyle was forced out of his fight with Anthony Johnson due to a broken toe.
Rather than look to put together an entirely new main event, the promotion have opted to just promote a featherweight title fight between Georgi Karakhanyan and Lance Palmer to the top of the card instead.
A former Bellator fighter, Karakhanyan is currently in the midst of an eight-fight winning streak including a win over Waylon Lowe last time out in his WSOF debut.
Palmer fights out of the highly-respected Team Alpha Male camp and has gone a perfect 8-0 in his career so far.
The main card also features the previously delayed middleweight tournament semi-final between Elvis Mutapcic and Jesse Taylor, plus Nick Newell’s next fight against Sabah Fadai.
Due to the card re-shuffle, one of the event’s preliminary fights also gets bumped up to the main card, and that means we’ll see a blast from the UFC’s past, Kalib Starnes re-emerge into the spotlight to take on Dwayne Lewis.
Starnes fought on TUF season 3, but is best known for one of the most bizarre fights ever in the Octagon with Nate Quarry in which he was essentially stuck in reverse gear, offering no offense whatsoever, for a full fifteen minutes.
The fight made Starnes something of a laughing stock, to the extent that there was even an MMA news website, www.watchkalibrun.com named after him at the time.
Starnes was released from the UFC afterwards and has fought in relative obscurity since, but despite a patchy record he has picked up three victories in a row recently and now has been given a golden opportunity to redeem himself.
WSOF 7 Fight Card:
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Lance Palmer
Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor
Sabah Fadai vs. Nick Newell
Dwayne Lewis vs. Kalib Starnes
Shawn Albrecht vs. Josh Machan
Richard Arsenault vs. Michael Hill
Matt Baker vs. David Perron
Ryan Chiappe vs. Marcus Vinicius
Myles Merola vs. Dan Ring
Micah Brakefield vs. Brendan Kornberger