“Anthony Johnson is trying to shed the tarnish of being one of the best welterweights in the world…that couldn’t make the weight.”
In the opening moments of the extended preview for this weekend’s second World Series of Fighting event, we are informed of the above dilemma facing former UFC contender Anthony Johnson by a silky-voiced narrator — over a melancholic piano soundtrack of course, because emotions. And while this bit of info would usually serve as the precursor to an inspiring tale of Johnson’s welterweight redemption, it kind of loses its pop when you realize that Johnson is now fighting at upwards of 50 pounds heavier than he was in the UFC.
But it is Johnson’s horizontal expansion that takes center stage in the above preview, understandably yet somewhat still puzzlingly juxtaposed with Andrei Arlovski’s own tale of hopeful redemption. It’s a shame that Dana White has already publicly written off the fight as “not legit,” or the (implied) idea that we could see “The Pitbull” back in the UFC would probably hold a lot more water in the above preview. Ditto for the idea that Arlovski could do so by beating up a former welterweight who has been fighting at light heavyweight for less than a year now. Then again, if you’re like Sherdog’s Jordan Breen, who is also featured in the video, you probably think “weight classes” and “champions” of said “weight classes” are meaningless restrictions meant for little more than depriving MMA fans for the fights they truly want to see (SUPER HLUK TOURNEY NEVER DIE!).
Featuring some highlights of Johnson and Arlovski crushing their respective cans at WSoF 1, as well as the aforementioned interviews with everyone from Eddie Alvarez to renowned trainer Mike Winkeljohn, check out an extended preview of WSoF 2 after the jump, along with a full rundown of the card.
Date: March 23, 2013
Location: Atlantic City, N.J.
Venue: Revel Atlantic City
Broadcast: NBC Sports Network
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network, 9:30 p.m. ET)
-Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson
-Marlon Moraes vs. Tyson Nam
-Josh Burkman vs. Aaron Simpson
-Dave Branch vs. Paulo Filho
-Gesias Cavalcante vs. Justin Gaethje
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET)
-Kris McCray vs. Danillo Villefort
-Igor Gracie vs. Richard Patishnock
-Cameron Dollar vs. Waylon Lowe
-Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Chris Wade
-Rick Glenn vs. Alexandre Pimentel