WSoF signs 3-year deal with NBC Sports Network, Arlovski vs. AJ
World Series of Fighting (WSOF) and NBC Sports Network have entered into a three-year partnership to deliver live, world championship MMA fight programming, beginning with the promotion’s second event, “WSOF 2,” live Saturday, March 23 at 10 p.m. ET at Revel Resorts & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The agreement calls for a minimum of six live events annually on the national television platform that reaches over 80 million homes. Additionally, later this year, NBCSports.com will live stream World Series of Fighting events via TV Everywhere.
“We are thrilled to call NBC Sports Network the home of World Series of Fighting,” said World Series of Fighting President and six-time world kickboxing champion, Ray Sefo. “This partnership will allow us to build the World Series of Fighting brand of world-class MMA competition before a dedicated national audience of passionate sports fans and place our athletes on the big stage that they deserve.”
The inaugural World Series of Fighting 1 aired live on NBC Sports Network on Nov. 3, 2012.
Bloody Elbow’s Steph Daniels interviewed Sefo for further details.
Stephie Daniels: I saw the Nam / Moraes fight confirmed for your first card this year. Are there any other big fights inthe works?
Ray Sefo: I have some surprises for you. As a matter of fact, we have a verbal agreement for our main event. It’s Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson. It will be at heavyweight.
SD: What are the plans for the six cards this year? Will they all be situated in Nevada, or are you planning to take them to other locations?
RS: Well, I have another surprise. The March 23rd card will be at the Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Then, the next event will be back here, in Vegas. We’re definitely going to be all over the country.
SD: What’s happening with Extreme Couture?
RS: You know, it’s kind of crazy. Some guy wrote some sort of article about all our guys leaving Extreme, but that’s completely fals and wrong. Mike Pyle, for example, had been talking about training over at The Syndicate for a while, because his striking coach was there, and his best friend owns the gym. There has been talk about Mike leaving for about a year, and there was no bad blood or any ill will.