Emanating live from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, The World Series of Fighting made its debut with a successful night of features which ran the gamut, delivering upsets, brutal knockouts, wild action, and slick submissions.
The evening’s main event saw former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski put an end to Devin Cole’s recent win-streak. The Strikeforce veteran seemed woefully outmatched in the boxing department, and was unable to get the fight to the ground. The end came as “The Pitbull” connected with a massive overhand right that put Cole on the mat, covering up in the fetal position with his back to the former champion, forcing referee Steve Mazzagatti to bring an end to the bout at 2:37 of the first period.
Anthony Johnson left D.J. Linderman a lifeless corpse, lying face-down on the ground in their light heavyweight tilt. Undefeated since being unceremoniously fired from the UFC, the Blackzilian clearly outmatched “Da Protege,” tearing him apart with strikes. The awkward closing sequence saw “Rumble” take a poke to the eye, reminiscent of his bout with Kevin Burns, which referee Herb Dean did not see. As Linderman came in for the kill, a furious, one-eyed Johnson connected with an atomic overhand right, which sent the Californian to the mat at 3:58 of the opening stanza.
The decline of former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres continued as “Angel” found himself on the short end of a split decision against Marlon Moraes. “Angel” found himself coming up on the short end of the striking exchanges, being wobbled several times by the younger fighter. While the UFC cast off was game throughout, the superior striking arsenal and power of Moraes was simply too much to overcome. After 15 minutes, the judges rendered a split decision for the up-and-comer (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
In his MMA debut, kickboxing legend Tyrone Spong treated Travis Bartlett like a heavybag for 3:15. “The King of The Ring” battered his opponent about the cage, ripping into him with kicks and body punches. The Maine native seemed terrified, but his night came to an end as a straight right connected clean to Bartlett’s jaw, removing him from his senses and forcing the referee to step in.
In the evening’s prelims, Tyson Steele notched an upset victory over Gregor Gracie as the Canadian cracked his opponent with a huge knee late in the first round, finishing him off with strakes at 4:52 of the first round. Brian Cobb took a thin split decision victory over UFC veteran Ronnys Torres. Steve Carl submitted Ramico Blackmon with a rear-naked choke at 2:11 the opening round of their bout. Josh Burkman earned a slight upset of his own, as he was able to outwrestle Gerald Harris and earn a unanimous decision. Jz Calvan got back on the winning side of things after his recent skid, forcing T.J. O’Brien to tap with a heel hook in just 63 seconds. David Branch was to outpoint Dustin Jacoby, surprisingly doing so on the feet, where many felt he was at a disadvantage.
Main Card Results
- Andrei Arlovski defeated Devin Cole via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:37
- Anthony Johnson defeated D.J. Linderman via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:58
- Marlon Moraes defeated Miguel Torres via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
- Tyrone Spong defeated Travis Bartlett via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:15
Preliminary Card Results
- Tyson Steele defeated Gregor Gracie via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:52
- Brian Cobb defeated Ronys Torres via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Steve Carl defeated Ramico Blackmon via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:11
- Josh Burkman defeated Gerald Harris via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante defeated T.J. O’Brien via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:03
- David Branch defeated Dustin Jacoby via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)