WSOF Signs 3-Year Deal with NBC Sports, Arlovski-'Rumble' to Headline March 23 Event
After a trial run this past November, the
World Series of Fighting
has inked a three-year partnership
with NBC Sports Network, according to a release issued Monday by
the Las Vegas-based promotion.
The promotion will hold six events per year on the network,
beginning with WSOF 2, which takes place on March 23 at Revel
Resorts & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Sources close to the
event recently told Sherdog.com that the WSOF 2 card will feature
Johnson main event. No bouts have been officially revealed by
The release also stated that NBCSports.com will stream events later
in 2013, although an exact date was not specified.
“We are thrilled to call NBC Sports Network the home of World
Series of Fighting,” said WSOF President Ray Sefo. “This
partnership will allow us to build the World Series of Fighting
brand of world-class MMA competition before a dedicated national
audience of passionate sports fans and place our athletes on the
big stage that they deserve.”
WSOF debuted with a
10-bout offering on Nov. 3 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and
Casino in Las Vegas. In the evening’s main event, Arlovskiknocked
Cole in the first round, while Johnson stopped D.J.
Linderman in the opening frame in a light heavyweight
co-feature. According to an industry source, WSOF averaged 198,000
viewers on the NBC Sports Network for its inaugural event.
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