World Series of Fighting card is quickly taking shape, as the
promotion officially announced four bouts for its March 23
As expected, a heavyweight clash between Andrei
Arlovski and Anthony
Johnson will headline the event at the Revel Resort &
Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Additionally, up-and-coming
bantamweights Tyson Nam and
Moraes will square off in the co-main event. The evening’s main
card will air on the NBC Sports Network beginning at 9:30 p.m.
ET/6:30 p.m. PT.
WSOF 2 will also include a middleweight clash between former WEC
titlist Paulo Filho
and four-time UFC veteran David
Branch as well as a 170-pound matchup pitting “The Ultimate
Fighter 2” competitor Josh
Burkman against the unbeaten Ryan
Arlovski is unbeaten in his last five outings, most recently taking
a unanimous decision from Mike Hayes at
Fight Nights “Battle of Moscow 9” in December. Johnson has won four
straight since his release from the UFC, including three victories
by knockout or technical knockout. “Rumble” made his 205-pound
debut at WSOF 1, knocking out D.J.
Linderman in the opening frame.
Nam made waves when he knocked out reigning Bellator bantamweight
Dantas at a Shooto event in August. The 29-year-old Sports Lab
representative has been victorious in his last four outings. Moraes
scored the biggest victory of his career at WSOF 1, earning a split
decision nod against former WEC 135-pound ruler Miguel
Torres in November.
“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,” WSOF President said in a release. “Andrei
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.”