UFC veteran Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (13-4) of Boca Raton, Fla. has signed an exclusive, multi-fight agreement with World Series of Fighting and will take on D.J. “Da Protégé” Linderman (14-3) Yreka, Calif. in a light heavyweight bout.
Also, UFC veteran Miguel Angel Torres (40-5) of East Chicago, Ind. will take on Muay Thai champion and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Marlon Moraes (8-4-1) of Jupiter, Fla. via Nova Friburgo, Brazil, in a bantamweight bout. These bouts will take place at the promotion’s inaugural Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, live on NBC Sports Network from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Johnson has won three consecutive fights since being released from the UFC, stopping two of those opponents via TKO. He has won nine bouts via TKO/KO and was last seen in action taking out former NCAA wrestling champion Jake Rosholt.
Linderman has also won three consecutive fights including a TKO win over Dale Mitchell in his last outing in July. Linderman has won four bouts via TKO/KO and five bouts via submission during his career that began in 2008.
Torres is the former WEC bantamweight champion who had won 19 fights in a row at one point. Torres is looking to rebound from a TKO loss against Michael McDonald at UFC 145 in April. Torres has won nine bouts via TKO/KO and 23 via submission.
Moraes has won back-to-back fights with his last outing being a 47 second knockout of former XFC champion Jarrod Card in April. Moraes has won three bouts via TKO/KO and three bouts via submission.
“With the addition of these two matchups, we have assembled a complete main card that we feel is stacked from top to bottom with some of the finest talent in the sport of MMA,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo. “MMA has an opportunity to expand its reach on Nov. 3 thanks to the NBC Sports Network platform and World Series of Fighting is going to be sure to make the most of this opportunity in order to take our great sport to unprecedented, new heights.”
Tickets for the inaugural World Series of Fighting event, priced from $19.99, can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, at all Caesars Entertainment and Ticketron outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000.
The live NBC Sports Network telecast of the World Series of Fighting event will begin at 10:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. PST.
The tentative fight card can be found below:
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole
- Anthony Johnson vs. D.J. Linderman
- Miguel Torres vs. Marlon Moraes
- Gregor Gracie vs. Tyson Steele
- Josh Burkman vs. Gerald Harris
- Ronys Torres vs. Brian Cobb
- Gesias Cavalcante vs. TJ O’Brien