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Former UFC fighter Anthony "Rumble" Johnson has taken up a busy fight schedule since his release from the promotion, and he's the latest ex-UFC man to join World Series of Fighting for their inaugural show.
The main card for World Series of Fighting's first show is complete, and it's another familiar face to UFC fans. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson has been a very busy man since his UFC release, and now he's fighting for the 3rd time in as many months. The former welterweight now fights at light-heavyweight, and he's looking for a 4th win in a row as he faces D.J. Linderman on the main card of WSOF 1. MMA Junkie has the story:
The NBC Sports Network-televised portion of World Series of Fighting's debut event is now complete.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the promotion that a light-heavyweight contest between Anthony Johnson (13-4) and D.J. Linderman (14-3) is the sixth and final contest planned for the broadcast.
Rumble was cut from the UFC after missing weight for the 3rd time in his career, this time against Vitor Belfort, and promptly losing to him the next night. He missed badly again when he fought Dave Branch at Titan Fighting Championships, which prompted a move to 205. So far, so good, he's knocked out Esteves Jones and Jake Rosholt over the last two months and he's made weight both times.
Linderman has fought at 205 before but he's spent the last several fights at heavyweight, weighing in at about 235 in his most recent bout. He's never been finished in his MMA career and has a 1-1 record against Devin Cole, who is fighting in the night's main event.
WSOF 1 takes place on November 3rd and airs live on NBC Sports Network. The Gregor Gracie vs. Tyson Steele bout is the only one on the main card that does not involve a former UFC fighter.
Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole
Miguel Torres vs. Marlon Moraes
Anthony Johnson vs. D.J. Linderman
Josh Burkman vs. Gerald Harris
Brian Cobb vs. Ronys Torres
Gregor Gracie vs. Tyson Steele
Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante vs. TBA (John Gunderson pulled out due to injury)
Bobby Lashley vs. TBA
Rolles Gracie vs. TBA
James McSweeney vs. TBA (rumored to be Tyrone Spong)