LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 3, 2012) – Ferocious, hard-hitting superstar Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (13-4, MMA) of Boca Raton, Fla. has signed an exclusive, multi-fight agreement with World Series of Fighting and will face off with fellow sensation D.J. “Da Protégé” Linderman (14-3, MMA) Yreka, Calif. in a featured light heavyweight contest 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.
In the co-main event, bantamweight submission wizard Miguel Angel Torres (40-5, MMA) of East Chicago, Ind. will lock up with two-time national Muay Thai champion and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Marlon Moraes (8-4-1 draw, MMA) of Jupiter, Fla. via Nova Friburgo, Brazil.
“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.”
The 28-year-old, 6-foot-2 Johnson won his last 3 fight in a row – two by KO – in a fourth month span. In his last start on Sept. 21, Johnson took out three-time NCAA National Wrestling Champion Jake Rosholt, with a head kick in the second round (4:22) of their matchup in Tulsa, Okla.
Johnson, a native of Dublin, Ga. and a member of the fearsome Blackzilians fight squad in South Florida, has blazed a trail through the sport since he made his professional debut in 2006, earning 9 of his 13 career victories by KO or TKO, three of which came by head kick.
Like Johnson, the 29-year-old Linderman, is looking to notch his fourth consecutive victory. In his last effort on July 13, the 6-foot-2 Linderman scored a furious TKO on Dale Mitchell with an onslaught of punches. Just one month earlier, he earned a unanimous decision over rising star Mike “300” Hayes, snapping Hayes’ six-fight win streak.
As a heavyweight, Linderman claimed a pair of championships and has earned 9 of his 13 career conquests by way of KO or submission.
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 card thus far looks like:
Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski vs. Devin Cole (265lbs)
Miguel Torres vs Marlon Moraes (135lbs)
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson vs DJ Linderman (205lbs)
Gregor Gracie vs. Tyson Steele (170lbs)
Josh Burkman vs. Gerald “Hurricane” Harris (170lbs)
Ronys Torres vs. Brian “The Bandit” Cobb (155lbs)
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante vs. T.J. O’Brien (155lbs)
Additional undercard bouts will be announced soon.