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Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson Booked for WSOF 2; Event Kicks Off New Three-Year Deal With NBC Sports Network

(Anthony Johnson, back in his “How in the actual f*ck does that guy make 170??” days.)

After going 3-0 as light-heavyweight last year — with no weigh-in mishaps whatsoever — ever-expanding slugger Anthony Johnson is making his next jump up the scale. As first reported by MMA Junkie, the former UFC welterweight contender is slated to face former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski at heavyweight in the main event of World Series of Fighting 2, which goes down Saturday, March 23rd, at Revel Resorts & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Both men scored easy first-round knockouts at WSOF’s debut event in November, so hell, why not make ‘em fight each other? Though “Rumble” won’t have a size-advantage to rely on this time, his powerful fists could spell doom for Arlovski’s fuzzy chin.

But that’s not even the biggest WSOF-related news we have to share. According to a press release distributed today, WSOF 2 will mark the first live event in a new three-year broadcast partnership with NBC Sports Network, which previously aired the promotion’s first card. Here’s the important stuff:

The agreement calls for a minimum of six live events annually on the national television platform that reaches over 80 million homes. Additionally, later this year, will live stream World Series of Fighting events via TV Everywhere.

“We are thrilled to call NBC Sports Network the home of World Series of Fighting,” said World Series of Fighting President and six-time world kickboxing champion, Ray Sefo. “This partnership will allow us to build the World Series of Fighting brand of world-class MMA competition before a dedicated national audience of passionate sports fans and place our athletes on the big stage that they deserve.”

Six events a year on cable TV? Just like that, World Series of Fighting has already become the #3 MMA promotion in the U.S. Their primary challenge now is to build up their roster so that not every main event is a moneyweight freak-show. (Not that we’re complaining.) To that end, WSOF has been busy behind the scenes in recent months, signing guys like Paulo Filho and Dany Lauzon. Can they make a dent in an already crowded market?

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mma4ever- February 5, 2013 at 4:48 am
Get rid of this jhon craft asshole somebody please
Pen Fifteen- February 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm
I also love how CP shamelessly directs readers to a wiki site that hasn't been updated since 2010.
Pen Fifteen- February 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm
Fuck Rumbleweight, this dude is headed straight for Sylviaweight.
Mood- February 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Rumble seems to be doing a Kenflo in reverse with his weight classes.

I enjoyed the first WSOF though, there's alot of exciting fighters outside of the UFC, even if some are past their prime. Alongside companies like Bellator that don't lock down all of their fighters to just fight under their own banner, it could make for some good events.
Alan K- February 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm
Honestly there's nothing wrong if the promotion chooses to have regular freakshow fights. It worked well for Pride. Besides, any MMA fan who tunes in to WSOF will go in knowing they won't be seeing the best that the sport has to offer in any division so let's just have fun with it.
The12ozCurls- February 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm
Rumble is NOT going to make the 265 pound limit.
Fried Taco- February 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm
Johnson reportedly accepted the fight without hesitation, after hearing the answer to his question, "Wait, so I can eat whatever I want before weigh-ins?"
mma4ever- February 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm
Thats horrible news.