WSOF CEO & COO on MMA in NY, expansion in 2016, Shields, Palhares & More

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World Series of Fighting has officially moved to NYC, and we got some time to have an extensive talk with the men in charge.

WSOF CEO Carlos Silva and COO Michael Mersch gave us an extensive interview to discuss the big picture for the promotion in 2016 and beyond.

In part one, which you can see above, Silva and Mersch explained the reasons for moving their office to NY and told us that the decision to do so would have happened regardless of whether MMA became legalized in the state or not. We also learned about their plans to hold events in New York, if they have spoken to any venues yet, and who they might be recruiting to be in their inaugural event in The Big Apple.

We also got an update on the situation with Rousimar Palhares and whether or not we will see him fight in WSOF again, and what would happen if he tried to fight elsewhere.

In part two, we discussed the situation with Jake Shields and if any progress has been made on that front, sponsorship plans and whether there would be an exclusive situation like the UFC has with Reebok, what the promotion plans to do outside of the cage to give their fighters life after retirement while reaching out to a broader community along with their long term goals for the company, and if WSOF is in competition to become the number one MMA promotion.

The promotion is doing some very interesting things and starting to take some big risks, and these next few years will be pivotal for the company to truly make a deep impact. It seems like the stars have aligned for WSOF, and this could be the year where they break away and start to run with the ball.

If you want to see more from the WSOF NY office opening event, check out the playlist below, which features interviews with WSOF bantamweight champ Marlon Moraes and middleweight & light heavyweight champ Dave Branch.

Originally published on Bloody Elbow

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