Andrei Arlovski at UFC53The debut fight card for new promotion World Series of Fighting boasts several UFC and Strikeforce veterans, as well as the MMA debut of one of the most feared kickboxers in the world.

Five main card fights will be shown on NBC Sports Network headed up by former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski taking on Strikeforce veteran Devin Cole. Kickboxing-star-turned-MMA-fighter Tyrone Spong will also make his long awaited debut after spending the last year-plus working with the Blackzilian camp in Florida.

The undercard is also littered with recognizable names from the sport including an intriguing welterweight match-up between Gerald Harris and Josh Burkman.

It’s rare that a first time promotion would not only try to stack a televised card, but also an undercard that won’t be on TV.

World Series of Fighting Senior Vice President and matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz says the idea is to give fans something they will always want to watch, not just a few fights that make the main card.

“I’ve been around the sport for a little while now. I fought for a little bit, and managing guys, and coming from a great camp like Renzo Gracie‘s and Greg Jackson, I understand the sport a little bit. I kind of understand the dynamic of every fighter and what every fighter brings to the table,” Abdel-Aziz told MMAWeekly Radio.

“Guys like Arlovski, Anthony Johnson, Tyrone Spong, Gregor Gracie, and Miguel Torres, these are guys that are already household names in America, and they all put on exciting fights. They each have their own story, and I think fans want to see these guys fight.”

The first card out of the gate on Nov. 3 will obviously be important, but it’s also setting the tone for the future of the promotion.

They don’t plan on slowing down with great shows each time they put on an event, because anything less would be cheating the fans out of watching the fighters they want to see.

“I’m going to promise the fans, promise the media and promise everyone, every fight I’m going to put together is going to be a stacked card. That’s what the fans want to see; that’s what the fans deserve to see,” Abdel-Aziz stated.

The debut card will air on NBC Sports Network on Nov 3, but plans are already in place for several shows in 2013. The plan is to complete the first show and then begin strategizing for the second card in January of next year.

Bantamweight prospect Tyson Nam is already expected to be a part of the January card, and more names will be announced in the coming weeks. Several fighters from this first card could also be a part of the second World Series of Fighting show, and they plan on building new stars as well.

“There’s going to be some announcements right after the card,” said Abdel-Aziz. “There’s going to be some very exciting match-ups for our January show.”

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