Anthony Johnson (above) will get his fight with Mike Kyle in December. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
World Series of Fighting has acquired the Alberta-based Aggression Fighting Championship and will make its Canadian debut this December with WSOF 7.
WSOF officials announced the news Wednesday, revealing that the organization will launch WSOF Canada on Dec. 7 with a light heavyweight headliner pitting Anthony Johnson against Mike Kyle at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia.
WSOF 7 will also see Elvis Mutapcic and Jesse Taylor collide in their delayed middleweight title tournament semifinal. The event’s main card airs live on NBC Sports Network in the United States; international broadcast plans are expected to be announced shortly.
Johnson and Kyle were originally supposed to meet last month at WSOF 5, but the booking was altered when “Rumble” was forced to withdraw due to injury. Instead, “Mak” faced former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, falling in a hard-fought unanimous decision. Like Kyle, Johnson also last competed against the Belarusian, though “Rumble” emerged victorious in his March meeting with Arlovski, taking a unanimous verdict from Arlovski at WSOF 2.
Mutapcic and Taylor were intended to collide at WSOF 5, but the pairing was canceled at the last minute after a New Jersey State Athletic Control Board official allegedly observed Mutapcic ingesting medication backstage. The 27-year-old former Maximum Fighting Championship belt holder denied the claim, but he was nevertheless prevented from competing, forcing the WSOF to reschedule the contest.