The main event of World Series of Fighting II went down tonight (March 23, 2013) as former UFC Heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski took on Anthony Johnson in the final fight of the NBC Sports-televised event from Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Both men came out with separate gameplans as Arlovski looked to pick apart Johnson with his superior technique while Johnson loaded up with explosive power shots. Both men got their licks in early on, Johnson catching Arlovksi with some very quick strikes and winging some head kicks but he couldn't land his huge power hooks. Arlovski did a good job of countering with combinations, but Johnson found a home whenever he tried to land first.
Johnson tried to mix things up with his wrestling, but Arlovski fended him off and landed some good knees on the inside, unloading with a solid flurry when both men were separated.
With just seconds remaining in the first frame, Johnson hurt Arlovski with a pair of huge shots and swarmed him with bombs, but the bell rang before the ref could put a stop to it.
Arlovski started the second round strong with some kicks and knees on the inside and Johnson tried to knock his head off when both men were out in the open to no avail. Instead, Johnson worked for a takedown along the fence but couldn't get anything going there.
Back in the cage center, Arlovski tried to work his jab and his combinations as both contrasting styles clashed and Johnson took a low blow. After a brief breather, Johnson backed Arlovski up with a huge flurry but killed his momentum by shooting for a takedown along the fence and expending a ton of energy in the final minute.
In what was potentially the decisive third round, Johnson backed Arlovski into the fence with a huge combination that had him hurt, but he dropped down for an ineffective takedown along the cage. Both men were exhausted and neither were able to land anything of serious significance and this was to Johnson's advantage as he avoided getting hurt. Arlovski was simply too tired to try to mount a comeback and some desperation slow-motion spinning back kicks didn't do him any favors.
In the end, the judges awarded a decision to Johnson, who simply landed the more visibly effective strikes and had his opponent hurt on multiple occasions. Arlovski never seemed like he recovered after eating that huge right hand at the end of the first frame.
What did you make of the main event, Maniacs?
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