Join us at Bloody Elbow tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. for live play-by-play and discussion of the World Series of Fighting 1 main card from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The main card will be airing live on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) in the United States, on The Fight Network in Canada, and is available via stream for everyone outside North America.
The event features a gaggle of ex-UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator talent, and the card looks pretty good from top to bottom. The main event sees former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski face off with Strikeforce vet Devin Cole. Other featured bouts include Anthony Johnson taking on D.J. Linderman at light heavyweight, and former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres meeting Marlon Moraes. K-1 star Tyrone Spong is also making his MMA debut in the opening main card bout.
For more information on the preliminary card fights, check out Dallas Winston's stellar dissection here.
Note - Gregor Gracie vs. Tyson Steele was moved to the undercard. You can go here to see the result of the fight. It was taped with commentary from Harris and Rutten, so they might show it on the broadcast.
Round 1 - Spong backed Bartlett up with two kicks, then landed a glancing head kick. Another head kick knocked Bartlett down, but Spong let him up. Another high kick barely caught Bartlett. Spong landed a knee to the body and a big leg kick. More leg kicks and it's all Spong so far. Tyrone landed two nice rights. Bartlett had nothing for him. And a straight right knocks out Bartlett! Wow! Spong didn't even follow up, he just dropped him like a sack of poopy and walked off.
Tyrone Spong defeated Travis Bartlett by knockout (punch), 3:15 of round 1
Round 1 - Moraes opened with a solid leg kick. Torres tried to respond with his own kick but ate a bunch of shots from Moraes, who threw him to the mat. Torres went for a leg lock but there was nothing there and they returned to the feet. Spinning kick to the stomach lands for Moraes. Each fighter lands a big right. Torres caught a leg and looked for a takedown, but couldn't get it. Moraes missed with a wheel kick. Moraes landed with two rights. Torres missed with a huge punch and almost fell down. Torres looked to establish his jab. Moraes had a high kick blocked late. 10-9 Moraes.
Round 2 - Torres came out and tried to brawl a bit, with both guys landing. Torres backed up and went back to fighting from range with his jab. Another flurry in close didn't see much of anything landing. Torres finally shot in for a takedown but there was nothing there for him. The pace slowed as Torres continued to work from range and Moraes wasn't showing much urgency. A brief firefight saw Torres get knocked on his ass from a glancing blow. Much closer round, but Torres landed more. 10-9 Torres.
Round 3 - Moraes landed three solid leg kicks over the first minute. Torres went for another takedown but got stuffed. Torres had a head kick blocked. Torres wasn't as active with the jab as he was in the second. Moraes landed a nice jumping head kick. Torres with a nice left in an exchange. Moraes started to move away a bit more. Moraes got a takedown. Torres opened up with elbows and punches from the bottom, while Moraes just held on. 10-9 Moraes, and 29-28 for Moraes overall.
Marlon Moraes defeated Miguel Torres by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Round 1 - Linderman looked for a single leg but ate a knee to the guy. Johnson landed a kick right to Linderman's twig and berries, putting Linderman down to his knees in pain. After a couple of minutes they got back to it. Linderman threw a head kick and missed, but Rumble landed one of his own. Johnson landed two inside leg kicks. He threw another and chopped Linderman down. He got back up and landed a right and a jab though. Johnson got a single leg takedown. Linderman gave up his back briefly, then got to his knees. Johnson landed a few knees to the body, one to the head. Johnson acted like he got poked in the eye, Linderman came in to attack and got KTFO'd with one punch! Linderman just collapsed face-first to the mat, out cold. Wow, that was nuts.
Anthony Johnson defeated D.J. Linderman by knockout (punch), 3:58 of round 1
Round 1 - Both men were pawing with their jabs early. Cole landed a nice right that didn't make Andrei even flinch. Cole shot in with a single leg but got stuffed. Cole clinched up against the fence and threw some weak knees to the legs. Arlovski released and they reset. About three seconds after that, Cole walked right into a huge shot to the side of his head that put him down. Arlovski jumped him and pounded him out. Nice finish from AA there.
Andrei Arlovski defeated Devin Cole by TKO (punches), 2:37 of round 1