Andrei Arlovski vs. Mike Kyle official for WSOF 5 in Atlantic City

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The man who was victorious in the featured bout of World Series of Fighting’s very first event will return once again to headline for the promotion.

Andrei Arlovski (20-10) will compete in the main event of next month’s WSOF 5 against Mike Kyle (20-9-1) in a heavyweight bout on Saturday, Sept. 14, at New Jersey’s Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, according to a press release received on Wednesday. Arlovski is a replacement for the injured Anthony Johnson.

Arlovski, a former UFC heavyweight titleholder, made his World Series of Fighting debut this past November, when he earned a first-round TKO victory over Devin Cole. He returned to the promotion in March, when he suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Anthony Johnson. The result snapped a five-fight win streak for Arlovski.

Kyle is a 12-year veteran of the sport who hails from one of MMA’s most-respected fight camps, American Kickboxing Academy. A resident of San Jose, Calif., Kyle is no stranger to competing against top fighters including Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Gegard Mousasi, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Krzysztof Soszynski and Fabricio Werdum, among others.

WSOF 5 features a five-fight main card in addition to a full lineup of preliminary contests. Middleweight tournament opening-round match-ups of Dave Branch (12-3) vs. Danillo Villefort (14-4) and Elvis Mutapcic (13-2) vs. Jesse Taylor (26-9) have been booked, and additional bouts will be announced soon.

The live, two-and-a-half-hour NBC Sports Network telecast of the World Series of Fighting 5 main card begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. The night’s preliminary bouts stream live on World Series of Fighting’s official website,, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

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