The upstart promotion World Series of Fighting now has a main event for their inaugural show on November 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Today they got possibly their biggest name, as former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski headlines against Devin Cole.
The upstart promotion World Series of Fighting now has a main event for their inaugural show on November 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada. They've added a pretty good mix of veterans, former champions, and prospects to their roster, including Tyrone Spong, Miguel Torres, Roger Huerta, Thales Leites, and Gesias Cavalcante. Originally it looked like Torres would headline the card, but apparently that's not the case. Today they got possibly their biggest name, as former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski headlines against Devin Cole. MMA Weekly confirmed the news:
World Series of Fighting officials announced the new match-up and headline fight on Tuesday.
"We are thrilled to welcome both Andrei and Devin to the World Series of Fighting roster and to have them headline our first live event," said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo. "Both of these heavyweights have delivered some incredibly memorable highlights during their careers and their matchup should be a barnburner."
Arlovski really went through a bad patch in Strikeforce, getting knocked out by pretty much anyone with a pulse (although he took Antonio Silva to a decision), but he's been on a decent run against (admittedly soft) opposition. He knocked out Ray Lopez and Travis Fulton, but illegally knocked out Tim Sylvia after soccer kicking him without the express written consent of the National Football League.
Devin Cole is a veteran of the IFL who hasn't fought since December 2011. He was rumored to be fighting Travis Browne on short notice at UFC on FOX 4 but that was shot down. Like Arlovski, Cole fought in Strikeforce, recording a 2-1 record, with the sole loss against Daniel Cormier. Cole unfortunately is probably more noted for his criminal convictions on fourth degree assault and sexual harassment in 2008, which led to a 60 day jail sentence.
WSOF 1 is set for Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and will air live on NBC Sports Network with commentators Michael Schiavello, Renzo Gracie, and Bas Rutten.
Other fights on the card include the following: