Anthony Johnson injured, Andrei Arlovski fights Mike Kyle in WSOF 5 main event

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With Anthony Johnson injured, Mike Kyle will have a change of opponent as well as weight class in the World Series of Fighting 5 main event.

There's been a change in the World Series of Fighting 5 lineup. Anthony Johnson was slated to move back down to 205 lbs to face Mike Kyle in the evening's main event, but according to MMA Fighting, "Rumble" is injured and will not compete on the card next month. Replacing him is none other than the man he just defeated, Andrei Arlovski:

WSOF 5 headliner Anthony Johnson has pulled out of his Sept. 14 fight against Mike Kyle (20-9-1, 2 NC) due to an injury suffered in training. As a result, Andrei Arlovski (19-10, 1 NC) has agreed to replace "Rumble" against Kyle in Atlantic City, N.J. The fight will now be contested at heavyweight.

Arlovski lost a decision to Johnson in the WSOF 3 main event. The loss was not without controversy, as the opening round lasted an incredible 20 minutes before anyone noticed, and he was nearly knocked out after the originally scheduled 5 minute round. Before that he'd won 5 straight fights, including his TKO win over Devin Cole in the inaugural WSOF round.

Kyle lost his final Strikeforce fight to Gegard Mousasi in January, and hinted that he was retiring. Instead, Kyle returned to action in May and knocked out Travis Wiuff in 21 seconds in Florida. With just one month before WSOF 5, he will have a different opponent, a different weight class -- not that a light heavyweight to heavyweight switch is unbelievably difficult -- but has the benefit of fighting someone with numerous KO losses compared to Johnson's none.

WSOF 5 also includes the middleweight tournament semifinal matchups (Jesse Taylor vs. Elvis Mutapcic and Dave Branch vs. Danillo Villefort). This NBC Sports Network card is airing directly against the Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez mega-PPV, right down to the 9 PM ET timeslot.


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