The UFC’s not the only promotion bringing in big MMA stars. World Series of Fighting, the new event on the block, has announced the signing of two fighters formerly under the employ of Dana White and Co.: Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Miguel Angel Torres, who round out a worthy card to air on US broadcasting giant NBC.
The new event on network television also brings some new rules, like a ban on elbows, something MMA fans have been calling for for some time. The date for the maiden show is November 3, direct from Las Vegas. Johnson takes on DJ Linderman, while Miguel faces Marlon Moraes.
And the promoters aren’t relying only on those two matchups to win an audience. There’s further star power on the card, with: Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole, Gregor Gracie vs. Tyson Steele, Ronys Torres vs. Brian “The Bandit” Cobb an d Gesias Cavalcante vs. TJ O’Brien
“We put together a complete card, with some of the greatest talent presently in the MMA scene,” said WSF president and former K-1 kickboxer Ray Sefo. “MMA has a chance to expand its reach this November 3, thanks to the NBC Sports Network and World Series of Fighting platform. We’ll make the most of this opportunity, to bring our great sport to new heights,” he added.
“When I found out that Ray Sefo, who I’ve been a fan of ever since K-1 first started, was involved with the event, I signed on right away,” said Gregor. “My brother Rolles will be on the same card, and it’ll be exciting.”
World Series of Fighting
Las Vegas, USA
November 3, 2012
Andrei Arlovski vs Devin Cole
Anthony Johnson vs DJ Linderman
Miguel Torres vs Marlon Moraes
Gregor Gracie vs Tyson Steele
Ronys Torres vs Brian “The Bandit” Cobb
JZ Cavalcante vs TJ O’Brien
Tyrone Spong vs Travis Bartlett
Gerald Harris vs Josh Burkman
David Branch vs Dustin Jacoby
Steve Carl vs Ramico Blackmon
Waylon Lowe vs Fabio Mello