ANTHONY JOHNSON TO COLLIDE WITH D.J. LINDERMAN AT INAUGURAL WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING MMA EVENT

Oct 5, 2012
(PRESS RELEASE) -- LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 3, 2012) – Ferocious, hard-hitting superstar Anthony Johnson (13-4) 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. Linderman (14-3) Yreka, Calif. in a featured light heavyweight (205 pounds) 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 (135 pounds) submission wizard Miguel Angel Torres (40-5) 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) 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 has been on fire of late, winning three consecutive fights - 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. On June 12, 2007, Johnson made his first big statement in the cage, crumbling Chad Reiner with a barrage of punches just 13 seconds into their UFC Fight Night matchup

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.

The 31-year-old, 5-foot-9 Torres, a Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and former protégé of famed trainer Carlson Gracie, Sr., is looking to rebound from a first round (3:18) KO (punches) defeat at the hands of Michael McDonald on April 21.

Torres exploded onto the MMA scene in 2010, scoring a stunning 10 second TKO on Larry Pulliam with a series of punches, before going on to win his next 19 fights. After losing a unanimous decision to Ryan Ackerman in his 21st start, Torres ran to another 17 consecutive victories, winning the world bantamweight title from Chase Beebe in the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion, along the way, and defending the crown three times.

The 24-year-old, 5-foot-6 Moraes has established himself as a highly-aggressive, dangerous force on both his feet and on the ground in the hybrid sport of MMA since his professional debut five years ago, earning six of his eight career wins by way of KO or submission. He will look to secure his third straight win after scoring a 47 second KO (punch) on Jarrod Card on April 13.

A student of Muay Thai since the age of nine, Moraes used his speed and ring smarts to capture two titles in the stand-up fighting sport before picking up Jiu-Jitsu at age 15. After arriving in The United States, he joined forces with UFC lightweight (155 pounds) KO artist and countryman Edson Barboza to advance his career.

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.

In the heavyweight main event, Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (17-9) of Minsk, Belarus will square off with fellow hard-hitting KO artist Devin Cole (20-9) of Medford, Ore.

In other main card action, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Gregor Gracie (7-2) of Rio de Janeiro will face off with red-hot prospect Tyson Steele (9-1) in a welterweight (168 pounds) contest.

In another welterweight bout, Josh Burkman (23-9) of Salt Lake City, Utah will battle fellow star Gerald “Hurricane” Harris (21-4) of Tulsa, Okla.

Fast-rising star Ronys Torres (25-4) will meet dangerous submission specialist Brian “The Bandit” Cobb (19-7) of Bakersfield, Calif. in a lightweight matchup.

In an undercard scrap, seasoned warrior Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (16-6-1) Deerfield Beach, Fla. by way of Brazil will take on submission expert T.J. O’Brien (19-5) of Prole, Iowa at lightweight.

Additional undercard bouts will be announced soon.

ABOUT WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING Based in Las Vegas, Nev., the fight capital of the world, World Series of Fighting is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an incredible, action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans by producing the best possible matchups between elite fighters from around the globe. For more information please visit www.MMAWSOF.com. Follow World Series of Fighting on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.

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