Last night from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas the World Series of Fighting held their first show with a 10 bout card that featured one of the craziest knockouts in MMA history and the debut of kickboxing great Tyrone Spong.
The four bout main card was televised on the NBC Sports Network which in its past life was known as the Versus Network, home of the WEC. Time will tell how far the WSOF will go, but they did draw a lot of interest and attention to the event and have to be encouraged by some of the efforts given by their fighters.
Spong and Travis Bartlett kicked things off and it was clear from the start that Bartlett was going to offer very little resistance. Spong showed very little respect for Bartlett’s power and was not very worried about the fight hitting the floor. After landing some vicious body shots and a head kick that dropped Bartlett, Spong finished his opponent off with a straight right. Spong turned his back and seemingly was waiting for an eight count that was never going to come and was completely unnecessary.
Miguel Torres vs. Marlon Moraes was up next. Torres looked at this opportunity to get his career back on track after being cut from the UFC following a first round knockout loss to Michael McDonald at UFC 145. Torres looked tentative early on and was losing the battle on the feet, he was unsuccessful in trying to take Moraes down and seemed to lose confidence. Torres did open up in the third round, but it wasn’t enough. The judges awarded a split decision victory to Moraes which many felt should have been a unanimous decision.
In the night’s co-main event Anthony Johnson continued his march back to the UFC with another dominating performance as a light heavyweight against D.J. Linderman. Johnson was stronger, faster and much more athletic. Linderman took a hard kick to the groin and after shaking it off, Johnson landed a left high kick. The ending was bizarre and violent as Johnsom complained of an eye poke, but referee Herb Dean didn’t see it. Linderman rushed in and Johnson caught him with a right hand to the jaw knocking his opponent out cold. An animated Rumble threw his mouth piece on the ground and celebrated another highlight reel knockout.
Andrei Arlovski and Devin Cole occupied the night’s main event slot and it didn’t take very long for Arlovski to put his opponent down and out. After feeling each other out and circling one another Cole looked for a takedown, but was thwarted by the former UFC heavyweight champion. Arlovski landed a huge right hand to the top of Cole’s head sending him crashing to the canvas. After two punches on the ground the fight was stopped and Arlovski celebrated by lifting coach Greg Jackson and thanking everyone who had helped him prepare for the bout.
All in all it was a pretty entertaining card, it was sad to see Torres lose again and at just 31-years-old you have to wonder if the sport has passed him by or if there are some personal issues hindering his performances. The organization announced that Moraes will face Tyson Nam at their next event scheduled for January 26.
Spong is definitely an intriguing prospect and Johnson continues to settle in comfortably at 205. Here are the night’s full results:
Tyson Steele def. Gregor Gracie via TKO (strikes) 4:52 of Round 1
Brian Cobb def. Ronys Torres via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Steve Carl def. Ramico Blackmon via submission (rear-naked choke) 2:11 of Round 1
Josh Burkman def. Gerald Harris via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
J.Z. Cavalcante def. T.J. O’Brien via submission (heel hook) 1:03 of Round 1
David Branch def. Dustin Jacoby via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tyrone Spong def. Travis Bartlett via KO (punch) 3:15 of Round 1
Marlon Moraes def. Miguel Torres via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Anthony Johnson def. D.J. Linderman via KO (punch) 3:58 of Round 1
Andrei Arlovski def. Devin Cole via TKO (punches) 2:37 of Round 1
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