The highly touted inaugural show from the World Series of Fighting, or WSOF, took place yesterday at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. With a live broadcast on NBC Sports and a main card full of well-known fighters, the promotion seems poised to make an early splash in the world of MMA.
The show was headlined by former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski taking on durable 20-9 Devin Cole. Arlovski would look much like his old self, as the 17-9 former champ finished Cole with punches just past halfway through the first round.
Former UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson, fighting far closer to his natural weight class as a light heavyweight, seemed to have lost none of his speed and power. He knocked out D.J. Linderman in the first round as well, this time in just under four minutes. Linderman accidentally poked Johnson in the eye, but the referee did not see the foul; when Linderman attempted to rush in to capitalize, Johnson caught him with a devastating right hand.
The 8-4 Marlon Moraes may have fought at a major experience disadvantage to the 40-5 Miguel Torres. However, that fact did not seem to trouble him; he defeated the former WEC 135 lb. champ via split decision, relying primarily on an aggressive Muay Thai arsenal to out-strike Torres.
Finally, the last fight on the main card saw kickboxing phenom Tyrone Spong take on Travis Bartlett. Although Spong boasted a 68-6-1 record in kickboxing, he had never before competed in MMA. That seemed to make little difference, though, as he rocked the 7-2 Bartlett early with a head kick and then knocked him out with a right cross at 3:15 in the first round.