LAS VEGAS (Nov. 22, 2013) – World Series of Fighting is pleased to announce the addition of seven-year veteran welterweight Brian Foster (19-6), Arizona-based lightweight Benny “El Hijo” Madrid (7-1) and impressive young bantamweight Bryson Hansen (6-1) to the company’s roster of athletes.
“Our World Series of Fighting family continues to grow, and I can’t wait to see this latest group of guys step into the decagon,” World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. “Brian Foster, Benny Madrid and Bryson Hansen are all incredibly talented athletes that I think can make an immediate impact in our promotion, and fans can expect to see them in early 2014.
“We also signed a new deal with Bryson’s brother, Brensen Hansen, who has looked fantastic in his two appearances for World Series of Fighting. Our roster just keeps looking better and better each day.”
A 29-year-old Illinois native, Foster joins the promotion on the strength of a 5-1 mark in his past six fights. Incredibly, Foster has never fought to a decision in his 25 career fights, and he owns 10 victories by submission, as well as another nine by knockout.
Foster is perhaps best known for a five-fight stint for the UFC. He left the promotion after consecutive wins over Matt Brown and Forrest Petz when health concerns forced him to take some time off, but Foster has since rebounded with three stoppage wins in four appearances, including two first-round tapout wins.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to compete in the WSOF,” Foster said. “The company continues to sign great talent, and I’m happy to be a part of the team and take this chance to rise to my true potential. I just want to show the world what I’m capable of when I’m at my best, and this is a great place to do it.”
Madrid turned pro in 2009 and rattled off nine straight wins to begin his career. Six of those victories came by way of stoppage, including four triumphs by way of knockout and two via submission. Along the way, “El Hijo” was crowned lightweight champ of the Arizona-based World Fighting Federation.
Madrid fought most recently in September, when he fell just short in a bid to unseat King of the Cage 155-pound champ Victor Meza, losing the hard-fought, 25-minute contest via unanimous decision.