Well, we all know that MMA refs aren’t always know for their competence, but Steve Mazzagatti has now admitted he made a bad call during the Johnson/Burns fight back in 2008. I’m glad to see Mazzagatti own up to it, and since this event the instant replay option has been added to help quell problems such as this one.
Anthony Johnson picked Andrei Arlovski apart, using his quickness and wrestling to keep the former UFC heavyweight champion at bay during the main event of World Series of Fighting 2 Saturday night.
Johnson, who has fought at welterweight previously in his career, bumped up to 230 pounds to take on Arlovski at heavyweight. He plans to return to 205 pounds now.
In other action, Marlon Moraes defeated Tyson Nam, and Josh Burkman earned a future fight with Jon Fitch by knocking out Aaron Simpson.
Anthony Johnson def. Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marlon Moraes def. Tyson Nam via KO (head kick, strikes) – Round 1, 2:55
Dave Branch vs. Paulo Filho via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Josh Burkman def. Aaron Simpson via KO (knee) – Round 1, 3:04
Justin Gaethje def. Gesias Cavalcante via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 1, 2:27
Danillo Villefort def. Kris McCray via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Rick Glenn def. Alexandre Pimentel via KO (strikes) – Round 3, 1:51
Waylon Lowe def. Cameron Dollar via KO (punch) – Round 1, 2:58
Richard Patishnock def. Igor Gracie via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 5:00
Ozzy Dugulubgov def. Chris Wade via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brenson Hansen def. Tom Marcellino via TKO (flying knee) – Round 2, 3:24
Bill Algeo def. Frank Buenafuente via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:36
The World Series of Fighting will hold its second card Saturday night from Atlantic City, as former UFC fighters Andrei Arlovski and Anthony Johnson collide in the main event.
The main card airs live on NBC Sports Network at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Weigh-ins took place earlier today, and can be viewed below:
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network)
Andrei Arlovski (245.5 lbs) vs. Anthony Johnson (230.2 lbs)
Marlon Moraes (135.5 lbs) vs. Tyson Nam (135.2 lbs)
Josh Burkman (170 lbs) vs. Aaron Simpson (171 lbs)
David Branch (185.2 lbs) vs. Paulo Filho (184.5 lbs)
Gesias Cavalcante (156 lbs) vs. Justin Gaethje (155.6 lbs)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Sherdog)
Kris McCray (185 lbs) vs. Danillo Villefort (185.4 lbs)
Igor Gracie (170.7 lbs) vs. Richard Patishnock (170 lbs)
Cameron Dollar (144.6 lbs) vs. Waylon Lowe (146.2 lbs)
Ozzy Dugulubgov (160.1 lbs) vs. Chris Wade (160.8 lbs)
Rick Glenn (145.4 lbs) vs. Alexandre Pimentel (146 lbs)
Anthony Johnson will make his heavyweight debut this weekend against former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski at World Series of Fighting 2.
After constant issues making welterweight, Johnson finally realized that 205 pounds would be a good home to fight at.
However, when WSOF officials offered him the main event and a spot against Arlovski, “Rumble” jumped at the opportunity. So, could he remain at heavyweight following this fight? Not a chance, according to the man himself.
“This is probably my one and only fight at heavyweight right now,” said Johnson, during a media conference call earlier this week. “(Light heavyweight) is still where I want to be. Hopefully this is a good show and (the fans) might want to see a rematch and I’ll fight at heavyweight again.”
Johnson (14-4) has reeled off four consecutive victories since being released by the UFC in 2012. He has finished three of those four opponents.
He stated plans to weigh around 235 for the fight, and added “everything is still there. The speed, the power. I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing anything except height.”
The World Series of Fighting has set the fight card lineup for a second event, which takes place March 23 from Atlantic City.
In the main event, Andrei Arlovski will face Anthony Johnson in a battle of former UFC fighters. Johnson will be debuting at heavyweight for the bout.
Also, Tyson Nam meets Marlon Moraes, David Branch squares off with Paulo Filho, Josh Burkman meets Aaron Simpson, and Gesias Cavalcante faces Justin Gaethje. All of the those fights will be featured on NBC Sports Network.
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network at 9:30 p.m. ET)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson
Tyson Nam vs. Marlon Moraes
David Branch vs. Paulo Filho
Josh Burkman vs. Aaron Simpson
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Justin Gaethje
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised at 6:30 p.m. ET)
Rick Glenn vs. Alexandre Pimentel
Cameron Dollar vs. Waylon Lowe
Igor Gracie vs. Rich Patishnock
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Chris Wade
Danillo Villefort vs. Kris McCray
The World Series of Fighting is starting to put together a second card, which will go down March 23 from Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The main event for the night features Andrei Arlovski taking on Anthony Johnson at heavyweight, while the co-main boasts Tyson Nam and Marlon Moraes.
Other bouts made official by the WSOF include Aaron Simpson vs. Josh Burkman, Paulo Filho vs. David Branch, JZ Cavalcante vs. Justin Gaethje and Mike “300″ Hayes vs. Devin Cole. D.J. Linderman, Cameron Dollar, Waylon Lowe and Rick Glenn will also be in action, while more prelim fights are expected to be announced shortly.
“We are excited to bring the World Series of Fighting brand of MMA to Atlantic City, where some of the greatest fights in history have taken place,” said World Series of Fighting President and six-time world kickboxing champion and two-time Hall of Famer, Ray Sefo. “Andrei Arlovski, Anthony Johnson and Marlon Moraes are all coming off superb performances on our inaugural fight card, and Tyson Nam has been on fire of late, so we felt that it was essential to showcase these stars at the top of our first card on the East Coast.”
The main card will air on NBC Sports Network, as the WSOF and the network recently agreed to a multi-event deal.
An intriguing heavyweight contest has been verbally agreed to for the second World Series of Fighting card, as former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski faces Anthony Johnson.
Ray Sefo, the president of the WSOF, confirmed with BloodyElbow.com that the two are set to square off on March 23 from Atlantic City. The main card will air on NBC Sports Network.
“We have a verbal agreement for our main event,” Sefo said. “It’s Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson. It will be at heavyweight.”
Arlovski and Johnson both competed at the first WSOF card, and talk of the two ex-UFC fighters squaring off started that night. Johnson (14-4) competed at welterweight while in the UFC, but has transitioned to the light heavyweight ranks.
Arlovski (19-9-1) won the UFC title back in 2005, and is unbeaten in his past five fights.
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Former UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson has found a home at 205 pounds. However, “Rumble” is already interested in making a career change once again.
No, Johnson isn’t thinking about fighting at 170 or even 185 – weights he struggled to make previously in his career. Instead, he is looking to fight at heavyweight, and even has an opponent in mind of the contract came across his table.
That fighter would be Andrei Arlovski, a former UFC heavyweight champion who doesn’t typically weigh-in anywhere near the weight class limit of 265 pounds. Both Arlovski and Johnson were recently victorious at World Series of Fighting 1, and Johnson discussed the prospects of such a bout with MMAWeekly.com.
I thought about that fight. I’d take it if they offered it to me. If it happened, I would accept it. Andrei’s a great athlete. I remember when he won the title, I remember when he lost the title; I’ve followed his career. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.
Johnson (14-4) has won four straight bouts since his release from the UFC this past January. He missed weight for his co-main event fight with Vitor Belfort, and was promptly submitted by “The Phenom” before being handed his walking papers.
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World Series Of Fighting 1 Results: Andrei Arlovski Destroys Devin Cole, Anthony Johnson Earns KO Victory
Andrei Arlovski and Anthony Johnson both made impressive statement Saturday night at World Series of Fighting 1. The main card aired on NBC Sports Network from Las Vegas.
Arlovski, a former UFC heavyweight champion, took out Devin Cole, while Johnson knocked out D.J. Linderman.
Neither fighter had much trouble, as “The Pitbull” used his quick boxing to keep Cole and his reach advantage at bay.
As for Johnson, he continued to shine since deciding to compete at light heavyweight. “Rumble” withstood an eye poke and delivered a right-hand that floored Linderman.
WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 1 RESULTS
Andrei Arlovski def. Devin Cole via TKO (punches) at 2:37 of Round 1
Anthony Johnson def. D.J. Linderman via knockout (punch) at 3:58 of Round 1
Marlon Moraes def. Miguel Torres via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Tyrone Spong def. Travis Bartlett via knockout (punch) at 3:15 of Round 1
Tyson Steele def. Gregor Gracie via TKO (strikes) at 4:52 of Round 1
Brian Cobb def. Ronys Torres via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Steve Carl def. Ramico Blackmon via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:11 of Round 1
Josh Burkman def. Gerald Harris via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante def. T.J. O’Brien via submission (heel hook) at 1:03 of Round 1
David Branch def. Dustin Jacoby via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Anthony Johnson will make his third appearance at light heavyweight this November, taking on D.J. Linderman at the World Series of Fighting 1 event.
The card takes place November 3 from Las Vegas, and will air live on NBC Sports Network.
Johnson, a former UFC fighter, has improved his record to 13-4 since his release from the promotion. He also decided to move to a more natural weight of 205 pounds, and has won two straight there.
Linderman is 5-1 in his last six fights, and is moving down to light heavyweight after a stay at heavyweight. He is 14-3 in his career.
The Johnson-Linderman bout rounds out the six-fight main card for the event. The main event boasts Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole, along with a co-main event featuring Miguel Torres.
MMAjunkie.com first confirmed news of the Johnson-Linderman fight.