Anthony Johnson appeared to injure Andrei Arlovski's jaw. |
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Johnson dipped his toes in heavyweight waters for the first
time and found them favorable.
Johnson punched, kicked and clinched his way to a unanimous
decision over former Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholder
Arlovski in the World
Series of Fighting 2 headliner on Saturday at the Revel Resort
and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. All three judges arrived at the
same verdict: 29-28 for Johnson (15-4, 2-0 WSOF).
“The man hit like a ton of bricks,” Johnson said. “I have so much
respect for him. He is one of my idols. I watched him when he first
got on the scene and had the title. He’s a great fighter and a
“Rumble” nearly finished Arlovski (19-10, 1-1 WSOF) near the end of
the first round when he found the mark with a pair of short,
devastating right hooks. Only the bell saved the Belarusian.
Johnson’s pace slowed noticeably in the second and third frames, as
fatigue set in and forced him to pursue clinches and takedowns.
“I hurt my right hand at the end of the third round, and I hurt my
right shin kicking him,” Johnson said. “He’s a wall. He’s a train,
you know what I mean? I was just doing what I had to do.”
Arlovski had his moments but not enough of them to stave off his
first defeat in more than two years. Despite the success he enjoyed
against “The Pit Bull,” Johnson claimed he had no immediate plans
to compete at heavyweight again.
“These guys like Andrei Arlovski are too big for Anthony Johnson,”
he said, “but if the World Series of Fighting asked me to do it, I
would [fight as a heavyweight] again.”
Moraes Head Kick, Punches Finish Nam
In the bantamweight co-main event, the surging Marlon
Moraes dismissed Tyson Nam with
a first-round head kick and follow-up punches. Moraes (10-4-1, 2-0
WSOF) finished it 2:55 into round one.
Moraes stopped Nam in round one.
Nam (12-5, 0-1 WSOF) never got in gear. Moraes attacked him with
aggressive punches and kicks, particularly to the legs. The
Florida-based Brazilian floored Nam with a grazing head kick,
followed him to the canvas and put him away. Moraes has won four
fights in a row.
“My game plan was to try to mix it up between boxing, takedowns and
kicks,” he said. “It’s MMA. You can do everything. I was ready for
the war. I was training really hard. I was thinking to fight the
three rounds hard, and maybe this was the reason I knocked him out,
because I was ready to fight the full 15 minutes.”
Branch Steamrolls Listless Filho
A steady diet of takedowns and ground-and-pound carried David
Branch to a lopsided unanimous decision over a listless
Filho in a middleweight showcase. All three judges scored it
for Branch (12-3, 2-0 WSOF): 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27.
Branch dominated Filho for 15 minutes.
Branch struck for takedowns in all three rounds and battered the
Brazilian with punches and elbows to the head and body. Filho
(23-5-2, 0-1 WSOF) offered virtually no resistance, and the scene
grew more and more disturbing with each passing moment.
Gracie protégé, Branch mounted Filho in the first and third
rounds and nearly finished it in the second, where he trapped the
former World Extreme Cagefighting champion in a topside crucifix
and unleashed a series of unanswered blows.
Burkman Knee Waylays Simpson
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 2 alum Josh
Burkman knocked out Aaron
Simpson with a brutal first-round knee strike in a featured
welterweight encounter. Simpson (12-5, 0-1 WSOF) met his demise
3:04 into round one, as he suffered his second consecutive
Burkman rocked Simpson with a knee.
Burkman (25-9, 2-0 WSOF) dropped the Power MMA Team export to one
knee with a short right hand midway through the first frame and
bloodied his nose and mouth with a series of knees from the clinch.
Later in the round, “The People’s Warrior” flurried on the
Arizonan, forced him into a crouched position against the cage and
the fight-ending blow.
The 32-year-old Burkman has won his last four fights.
Gaethje Stops Cavalcante on Cut
Training Center prospect Justin
Gaethje stopped Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante on a first-round cut in
a lightweight showcase. The cageside physician called for the
stoppage 2:27 into round one after examining a deep gash on
JZ was stopped by a cut.
Gaethje (8-0, 1-0 WSOF) came out firing and staggered his Brazilian
counterpart more than once with right hands. He pinned Cavalcante
(17-7-1, 1-1 WSOF) on the fence and went to work in the clinch, as
he opened the cut that ultimately led him to victory.
Once one of the world’s premier lightweights, Cavalcante has not
recorded back-to-back wins since September 2007.
Villefort Ekes Out Split Verdict
Knockdowns in the first and third rounds carried
Villefort to a split decision over “The Ultimate Fighter”
Season 11 finalist Kris McCray
in an undercard showdown at 185 pounds. All three cageside judges
scored it 29-28, two of them siding with Villefort (14-4, 1-0
Villefort outlasted McCray to earn the win.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt did some solid work on the
ground but did the majority of his damage on the feet, as he left
McCray battered and bloodied by the time their match was over.
McCray (8-5, 0-1 WSOF) did his best work in the second round, where
he delivered a takedown, kept Villefort pinned on his back and
later threatened him with a standing arm-triangle choke. Villefort
answered in round three, as he racked up points with
ground-and-pound, attacked McCray from the Thai plum and floored
the American with a punch.
Roufusport’s Glenn Delivers Stunning Comeback
representative Rick Glenn
dispatched previously undefeated Jungle Fight veteran Alexandre
Pimentel with a head kick-right hook combination and follow-up
hammerfists in the third round of their featherweight matchup.
Glenn (13-2-1, 1-0 WSOF), who appeared to be in a
two-rounds-to-none hole at the time, finished it 1:51 into round
Glenn rallied to shock Pimentel.
Pimentel (12-1, 0-1 WSOF) was in charge for the first 10 minutes,
as he struck for takedowns and utilized some nifty grappling,
including an attempted omaplata-rear-naked-choke combo in the first
However, Glenn did not allow himself to get discouraged and erased
the Brazilian’s good work with his late volley.
Lowe Hook Wipes Out Dollar
knocked out “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 alum Cameron
Dollar with a searing left hook in the first round of their
preliminary featherweight duel. Dollar (11-5, 0-1 WSOF) went down
2:58 into round one, his modest two-fight winning streak a thing of
Lowe knocked Dollar down and out.
Lowe (14-4, 1-0 WSOF) put his heavy hands on Dollar throughout
their brief encounter. The 32-year-old
American Top Team representative faked a takedown and backed it
up with the left hook that finished it. Dollar collapsed, forcing
Peterson to intervene.
Lowe has won four fights in row since being released by the
Ultimate Fighting Championship following his submission defeat to
Lentz in March 2011.
Patishnock, Injury Thwart Gracie
Patishnock defeated Igor Gracie
in a preliminary welterweight tilt when a shoulder injury left the
decorated grappler unable to continue after the first round.
Gracie was injured in round one.
Gracie (5-4, 0-1 WSOF) controlled much of the first five minutes,
as he grounded, stifled and ultimately mounted his 25-year-old
adversary. With Gracie attached to his back, Patishnock (5-1, 1-0
WSOF) dived and rolled on multiple occasions in a desperate attempt
to break free from the Brazilian’s clutches.
His last try proved fruitful, as he drove Grace’s face into the
mat, escaped and let loose with hammerfists.
Dugulubgov Extends Winning Streak
Superior speed and a multi-pronged offensive attack carried
Dugulubgov to a unanimous verdict over Chris Wade in
an undercard clash at 160 pounds. All three cageside judges arrived
at the same ruling: 30-27 for Dugulubgov (4-1, 1-0 WSOF), who has
rattled off three consecutive victories.
Dugulubgov overpowered Wade for three rounds.
The 24-year-old Dugulubgov turned to his ground-and-pound in the
first round, wobbled Wade (5-1, 0-1 WSOF) with a counter left hand
in the second and defended a late arm-in guillotine choke attempt
in the third.
It was Dugulubgov’s first appearance outside the Cage Fury Fighting
Hansen Flying Knee KOs Marcellino
Couture Mixed Martial Arts export Brenson
Hansen knocked out Team Stryker’s Tom
Marcellino with an exquisite second-round flying knee in an
undercard scrap at 150 pounds. Hansen (4-1, 1-0 WSOF) landed the
finishing blow 3:24 into round two.
Hansen absolutely blasted Marcellino.
Hansen countered effectively throughout the bout, dropping
Marcellino (4-2, 0-1 WSOF) in both rounds. Late in the second
frame, the Hawaiian charged, leaped and delivered the flying knee
that drew the match to a decisive close. Marcellino has suffered
consecutive defeats after starting his professional career 4-0.
Algeo Choke Submits Buenafuente
Algeo submitted previously unbeaten Ring of
Combat veteran Frank
Buenafuente with a second-round rear-naked choke in a
preliminary featherweight battle. Buenafuente (2-1, 0-1 WSOF)
conceded defeat 4:36 into round two. Algeo (3-1, 1-0 WSOF) bloodied
his 25-year-old foe with a series of knees in the first round, as
he made Buenafuente pay a stiff price for his repeated takedown
attempts. The Pennsylvanian scrambled into top position late in
round two, transitioned to mount and eventually moved to
Buenafuente’s back. A body triangle and the choke came next,
followed by the tapout.
Algeo put away Buenafuente.