The last time we checked in on the fledgling World Series of Fighting, they were announcing a TV deal with NBC Sports and signing up guys like Miguel Torres and Bobby Lashley. The whole ‘world series’ thing was put on the backburner so they could concentrate on debuting with a bang, and now we can share with you the organization’s almost complete first card set to go down on November 3rd:
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Devin Cole
- Miguel Torres vs. Marlon Moraes
- Anthony Johnson vs. D.J. Linderman
- Gerald Harris vs. Josh Burkman
- Ronys Torres vs. Brian Cobb
- Gregor Gracie vs. Tyson Steele
- Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante vs. TJ O’Brien
They say you should never look a gift MMA card in the mouth, but it’s hard to see this lineup and not wonder how these WSOF guys hope to make any money. I also wonder what’s the point of including guys like JZ Cavalcante when they’re just going to end up on an undercard. Add in rumors that their TV deal is pretty lowball and the WSOF has been paying big bucks to lock up name fighters, and we have a recipe for some good ol fashioned Affliction gumbo.
But what do we know? Maybe these WSOF guys have deep pockets and they’re spending what they gotta spend in order to lock in their deal with NBC Sports. There can only be as many big MMA promotions as there are channels to house them, and NBC Sports (who saw the light with their WEC deal) is one of the few players still up for grabs. This is the World Series of Fighting’s big chance to gain a foothold on the national stage. Besides, the worst case scenario here is a bunch of fighters outside the UFC get paid more than they probably should. What’s so bad about Andrei Arlovski making 100k off the backs of MMA marks trying and break into the scene?