Look, we know the idea of paying to see Ricardo Mayorga get in a sanctioned Nicaraguan street fight might be asking a little much, even for such seasoned freak show aficionados as yourselves. Thankfully, World Series of Fighting recently announced a slightly less freakish but equally confuddling headliner for their next event, and you don’t even have to pay for this one!
On the heels of a unanimous decision victory over Andrei Arlovski at heavyweight in the promotion’s second event, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson will find himself back at light heavyweight when he squares off against Mike “MAK” Kyle at WSOF 5 on September 14th in New Jersey. The over-under on how long this thing lasts is currently set at 24 seconds.
Since retiring from the sport in…uh…2013 and unretiring from the sport…uh…later in 2013, Kyle has picked up a quick and incredibly violent KO victory over journeyman Travis Wiuff at CFA 11 in May. We’ve thrown a video of that fight below, not only for the brutal knockout but for the incredible amount of restraint that Kyle showed when dealing with a referee who seemed to be goading him into falling back on his old habits.
Crazy, right? By my count, Kyle pulled nearly as many punches as he threw against poor Weeufff — not bad for a guy who built his early reputation requiring three or four referees to separate him from his opponents. This fight was the MMA equivalent of Red telling the parole board to stop wasting his goddamn time. Rehabilitation status: APPROVED.
So, Potato Nation, will Kyle re-reconsider retirement after Johnson is through with him? Or will WSOF set the stage for another massive upset?