World Series of Fighting (WSOF) has been laying low since holding its first event last November, but the fledgling promotion announced it's return in a big way earlier today with word that its second event will be headlined by a fight between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski and powerful Imperial Athletics fighter Anthony Johnson.
The second event is scheduled to go down in just under two months (March 23, 2013) at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
"I have some surprises for you. As a matter of fact, we have a verbal agreement for our main event. It's Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson. It will be at heavyweight."
Arlovski (19-9 1 no contest) originally won the UFC title back in 2005 against Tim Sylvia and defended the belt twice before being dethroned. After a rough stretch that saw him lose four straight bouts from 2009-2011, he has since gone unbeaten in his last five fights including a first round smashing of Devin Cole in the main event of the inaugural World Series of Fighting show on the NBC Sports network.
Johnson (14-4) was a powerful standout in the UFC's welterweight division but was plagued by weight issues due to the fact that he cut more than any other 170-pounder on the roster. When he announced he'd be moving to middleweight, he missed the target by a whopping 12 pounds in a losing effort against Vitor Belfort at UFC 142 which resulted in his release from the promotion. After picking up three wins on the local circuit, he moved up to light heavyweight against Bellator veteran D.J. Linderman and crushed him via brutal first round knockout. He'll be moving up to his fourth weight class to take on "Pitbull."
Johnson initially showed interest in a fight against Arlovski following his victory over Linderman and Arlovski told MMAmania.com in an interview following his victory that:
"If World Series of Fighting thinks it would be a good fight, then why not? Why not?"
Well, now, the bout is actually coming to fruition.
What do you think about it, Maniacs?