World Series of Fighting made their return tonight for their sophomore event, taking the Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. The night saw a pair of UFC veterans in an unlikely heavyweight match-up in the main event, along with two young up-and-coming bantamweights squaring off in the evening’s co-headliner.
The evening’s anchoring bout saw Anthony Johnson and Andrei Arlovski duke it out for fifteen minutes. While “The Pitbull” was able to land in volume, Johnson’s power punching proved to be the difference maker. Things started off competitively, but the former UFC champion found himself badly hurt at the end of the first round. The second stanza went much better for the Jackson’s MMA product, but the former welterweight was able to score a late takedown, securing the round. The final period saw “Rumble” exhausted, making it an easy five minutes for Arlovski. At the final bell, both men were battered. The judges rendered a unanimous decision for Johnson (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
A much-anticipated bantamweight tilt between Marlon Moraes and Tyson Nam saw the Brazilian notch his belt with another impressive victory. As the Hawaiian fighter began to warm up, Moraes connected with beautiful head kick that left Nam face down and defenseless. A few ground strikes later and it was over at the 2:55 mark.
It was a sad showing in the middleweight division when former WEC Champion Paulo Filho and David Branch met in the cage. The embattled Brazilian, who has long suffered from a variety of issues, clearly showed up for a paycheck alone, offering nothing against the UFC veteran, who cruised to a unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Josh Burkman earned a second crack at Jon Fitch with an impressive knockout victory over Aaron Simpson in a clash of welterweight UFC veterans. The combination punching of “The People’s Warrior” proved to be too much for Simpson to overcome, as he was lit up with strikes and put out at 3:04 of the opening stanza.
The main card started with fireworks in the lightweight division as Justin Gaethje and “Jz” Cavalcante threw caution to the wind in their bout, with the Arizona native getting the better of the exchanges. It was unfortunately cut short due to a nasty gash on the head of the Brazilian, giving Gaethje the victory at 2:27.