World Series of Fighting debuts with a series of impressive knockouts


The World Series of Fighting made its debut on NBC Sports last night, and the fights provided some action worthy of a very strong start for the promotion. The main card started off with highly regarded K-1 striker Tyrone Spong taking on Travis Bartlett. Spong’s debut was a convincing one, as he destroyed Bartlett with a right hand so vicious, all Spong did was walk away with victory in hand.

Former WEC Bantamweght champion Miguel Torres fighting two-time national Muay Thai champion Marlon Moraes. In a back-and-forth battle, Moraes emerged victorious with a close split decision. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson faced D.J. Linderman and put hum away in the first with a strong right hand simliar to that of Spong’s, scoring the knockout. The Blackzilians in Florida had a great showing on Saturday night.

In the main event, former UFC Heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski faced off with Devin Cole. Arlovski blasted his opponent with an overhand right in the first round, making short work of his WSOF debut. The WSOF came out with some amazing knockouts on a card that was sure to score some fans. They have some decent talent with several former UFC fighters on the roster. The promotion is still young, but with some more fighters and more knockouts, the coming year could be a good time for the new WSOF.

WSOF 1 Full Results:

Main Card:
Andrei Arlovski def. Devin Cole via R1 TKO (Strikes)
Anthony Johnson def. D.J. Linderman via R1 KO (Punch)
Marlon Moraes def Miguel Torres via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Tyrone Spong def. Travis Bartlett via R1 KO (Punch)

Preliminary Card:
Tyson Steele def. Gregor Gracie via R1 TKO
Brian Cobb def. Ronys Torres via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Josh Burkman def. Gerald Harris via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Gesias Cavalcante def. TJ O’Brien via R1 submission (Screw Lock)
Dave Branch def. Dustin Jacoby via unanimous decision
Steve Carl vs. Ramico Blackmon via R1 submission (Rear Naked Choke)

  • Arlovski looked good maybe he will be back to the UFC if he keeps winning, Spong is a beast but we haven’t seen his ground game yet.

  • its not that andre cant ko people, its that he gets ko’d too easily these days.

  • Welcome to MMA, Spong, where your opponent does nothing, not even clinch when you are right in his face dropping bombs…

  • the hell is a screw lock

  • Arlovski wont have anything to offer against the top heavy weights in the ufc but at least he has a lot of exciting fights. Win or lose its usually a knockout when hes in the ring. Which is what the ufc needs more of than anything right now…

  • Yup Fedor took his chin back to Russia with him. Surprised Torres lost.Anyone know any links to these fights?

  • If it is a bolt lock it is a reverse triangle neck crank. Never heard of a screw lock though. Bolt lock is nasty..not even legal in some bjj tournaments.

  • I’m surprised the pitball is still fighting considering some of the crazy knockouts he has had.

    I think the pitball is part of the Tim Silvia Clan that are destined for smaller promotions in the future.

    I would be surprised if Dana welcomes him back into the club.

  • overeem was ko’d as many times as arlovski but as his striking got better he learnt to defend himself more. its impossible to train your jaw to take those shots so hes got the same suspect chin but fights much more intelligent, i hope arlovski does the same hes got good technique he doesnt need to take some of the shots that he does

  • @kungfu Arlovski did look good and he probably still could compete with top 10 guys skill for skill, the only problem is his chin doesn’t let him (same problem Chuck had).
    Personaly I’d rather see Andrei look.good and keep fighting these low tier heavyweights rather than fighting guys top 20 who viciously KO him.
    3 terrible losses in Strikeforce lead me to believe he’s had his day fighting the top guys

  • Overeem was stopped but not viciously put out cold numerous times like Andrei, the Kharitonov finish was scary

  • Spong followed upon expectations and showed his world class striking, even though it was on a moving punching bag. I’d like to see within his next few fights if his grappling is at least good enough to let him strike.
    If Tyrone manages to keep it standing he would smash any LHW in MMA. That Couldve been the debut of a future world champion.

    AJ gets eye poked like it’s a hobby… Either way he dropped his opponent like that bad habit.
    I gave Rumble a lot of flack after his fiasco but it’s time for him to return, especially since he’s accepted his natural weight class

  • “AJ get eye poked like it’s a hobby…” Best line of the month!

  • It was like StrikeForce 2.0 name fighter vs a can

  • It was pretty funny that the female ref in the torres vs moraes fight looked twice the size of either fighter.

  • Here you have the whole event:

  • hell yeah the older you get i think the weaker the chin gets .. I think if you come to the sport a slugger (lebon) and dont evolve to bjj or good wrestling you will not make but a few years