A light heavyweight bout between Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (15-4) and Mike “MAK” Kyle (20-9-1) headlines World Series of Fighting’s return to Revel Casino Hotel’s Ovation Hall in on New Jersey’s Revel Atlantic City on Sept. 14.
The contest serves as the main event of “World Series of Fighting 5: Johnson vs. Kyle,” which airs live on NBC Sports Network and marks the promotion’s second visit to the world-class venue.
Johnson, of Boca Raton, Fla., made his World Series of Fighting debut at the promotion’s very first event and delivered a knockout finish of the D.J. Linderman. The 29-year-old Blackzilians product returned to action in March and scored a decision win over former UFC heavyweight titleholder Andrei Arlovski.
Johnson now returns to the light-heavyweight division on a five-fight win streak and quickly is establishing himself as one of World Series of Fighting’s most dynamic athletes.
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 the spotlight and has stepped in the cage against a who’s who list of MMA’s top fighters in two weight classes, including Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Gegard Mousasi, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Krzysztof Soszynski and Fabricio Werdum.
World Series of Fighting 5 features a five-fight main card in addition to a full lineup of preliminary contests. Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.
The live, two-and-a-half-hour NBC Sports Network telecast of the World Series of Fighting 5 main card begins at 9 p.m. ET. The night’s preliminary bouts stream live on World Series of Fighting’s official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.